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Locals in Tarkaspet village boycott Karnataka poll

Locals in Tarkaspet village boycott Karnataka poll

Asked about the poll outcome in Karnataka, Tharoor, who campaigned for the Congress candidates in the southern state, said, "I do not believe in some of the exit polls I have seen".

The election in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru was postponed earlier.

Voter surveys in India are often unreliable, however.

The ABP C Voter predicted 107 seats for the BJP, 88 for the Congress, 25 for the JD-S and four for others, while India Today-Axis predicted the BJP getting 85, the Congress 112, the JD-S 26 and others one.

According to Jan Ki Baat-Republic TV prediction, BJP's tally has been shown between 95 and 114 and Congress share 73 to 82. Times Now put the likely tally of the JD (S) at 31-39 while India Today put its figure at 22-30 seats. However, some polls said the ruling Congress will emerge as the largest party.

Siddaramaiah's latest comment has now further fuelled the rumours of a possible tie-up between Congress and JD (S) but the strained personal relationship between Karnataka CM and Deve Gowda remains a point of trouble. Both SP and BSP see BJP as their arch rival.

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The Congress has requested that the Sriramulu be disqualified from contesting elections and also to lift any injunction on the Kannada television channels or other media from showing or playing the video. Neither JD (S) nor BJP has any chance.

Indian voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore. For the Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, a favourable verdict would establish its stature as a regional kingmaker. Rahul Gandhi and chief minister Siddaramaiah led the Congress' bid to ensure that it defies anti-incumbency to retain power.

The Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said that he will not object if the Congress high command wants to appoint a Dalit as the new Karnataka CM but stated that the high command should not impose the decision. "Anna Bhagya" and "Shadi Bhagya" were two of his pet projects those provide free rice and subsized lentils and also financial assistance for minority people living below poverty line.

The BJP's Chief Ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa was among the first to vote at Shikaripura in Shivamogga district.

Siddaramaiah, who was once a key JD (S) leader, was sacked by the former prime minister in 2005.


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