Bengaluru: The JDS has so far been non-committal about the BJP as well as Congress. Sources say Mr Siddaramaiah’s removal from chief ministership could be a rider for Deve Gowda to extend his support to the Congress.
The JDS has said it is the Congress’s “responsibility” to reach Exit polls have been throwing up sharply contrasting results for whether it will be the BJP or Congress who will score the maximum seats. One television channel ran two different exit polls that contradicted each other on the winner.
A total of 222 of the 224 seats went for polls involving a three-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s party Janata Dal (Secilar) or JD(S).
The polling percentage in the May 12 elections has been put at 72.13 per cent. It would be clear post noon whether the voters in Karnataka have given their verdict decisively as being claimed by the political parties, or for a hung assembly as projected by a majority of the post-poll surveys.