Bengaluru: Times Now-Today’s Chankya has predicted 120 seats for BJP – with 39% voteshare. It is well above the halfway mark. It has predicted 73 seats for Congress and JD(S) at an insignificant 26 seats.
Two exit polls say the BJP has a chance of gaining majority. The ABP News – C Voter has given the BJP an outside limit of 113 seats and Republic TV Jan ki Baat 114 seats.
Most exit polls indicated that no party will clear the halfway mark, much less the frequently trumpeted claim of 150 seats, in the 224-member legislative assembly.
A poll of polls showed that the BJP will win 103 seats, beating out the Congress which is expected to secure 86 seats, down from 122 in the 2013 assembly polls. The JD(S)-BSP combine will clinch 31 seats, with other parties getting the remaining two seats.
The exit poll results came in as polling ended in Karnataka at 6 pm. The turnout was 70 per cent – below the 72 per cent polling in the last elections in 2013, which went in favour of the Congress.
The 2018 battle for the Karnataka assembly election between the Congress, the BJP is being viewed as a precursor to the next general elections. Clearly, the election is crucial for both the Congress and the BJP. For the Congress, a pale shadow of its former self at the national level, winning back Karnataka is critical, as it is one of the four states where it still is in power.
For the BJP, a win in Karnataka would give it an entry into south India and effectively evict the Congress from yet other state