Karnataka elections Siddaramaiah, Yeddyurappa rubbish hung house predictions

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Giving a fresh twist to the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said that he was ready to "step aside" for a Dalit leader to become chief minister, should the party high command decides to do so if the Congress party won the elections.

The Election Commission said the polling percentage may breach the 71.4 per cent mark recorded in the 2013 Assembly election in Karnataka which has almost 5.07 crore voters. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)", he tweeted. So, dear party workers, supporters and well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend.

He said after United States and Israel, the country is now known to avenge the killings of its soldiers During the meeting on Sunday, a video message of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment in the U.S. since March this year, was also played.

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He trashed exit poll findings and said BJP would get 125-130 seats. In 2005, former Prime Minister Gowda had expelled Siddaramaiah from JD (S) and it was then that Siddaramaiah joined Congress. Everybody is confident of winning with an absolute majority. Saturday's exit polls put BJP slightly ahead of Congress, leaving JD (S) to emerge as a kingmaker.

Answering questions, he said the party high command will take note of Dalits' aspiration for the Chief Minister's post as there was similar demands in 2013 itself. The post-poll surveys claimed that the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) will be the "kingmaker" with almost 40 seats.

In the rival camp, BJP's CM candidate, B S Yeddyurappa, announced that he would leave for New Delhi on Tuesday to consult PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah on the time for his swearing-in on Wednesday. "We are coming back (sic)", he said.

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"I have been in Karnataka politics for long. They won't say because their mindset is like that while Siddaramaiah, true to the Congress culture, has spoken very boldly and transparently indicating the confidence we have in our victory", he added.

The Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to form the government. Polling in two assembly constituencies have been countered and deferred till May 28. Though the BJP leadership asserted many times that Mr Yeddyurappa will be the chief minister for the full term, rumours had started that if BJP forms the government, he could meet the same fate as former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel who had to resign after attaining the age bar.

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