Did Lingayat minority card backfire on Congress — Postmortem Karnataka polls

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Exit polls released by various news organisations and survey agencies on Saturday revealed the possibility of a hung assembly with a lot of them predicting that BJP will likely emerge as the single-largest party in the election.

Hitting out at chief minister Siddaramaiah, the BJP leader said his term was over and he would lose in both places where he contested - Chamundeshwari and Badami.

"I am not against anybody", he stressed.

In the event of a hung assembly, certainly the JD (S) led by father-son duo H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy could play major role in post-poll permutations and combinations.

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He further said that the Congress party does not need the JD (S) since they will form the government with an absolute majority.

Siddaramaiah, on the other hand, took to Twitter to advise Congress workers to relax over the weekend without worrying over exit poll results, and asserted that the party will come back to power. Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda took a dig at Siddaramaiah's Dalit CM remark, saying he has changed his stand fearing losing the polls.

Vijayapura-based analyst and a longtime follower of Lingayat politics Prof Omkara Kakade tends to agree with the Chanakya findings and says, "If 40 or cent or less have voted for Congress, it will be erroneous to suggest that Siddaramaiah's Minority tag card for Lingayat community did not work".

Voters wait in a queue to cast their ballot outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections in Bengaluru. However, he has been facing battles from within his own party since 2013, when he headed the first BJP government in the state. "We are leaving every possibility open", he said. Relying on poll of polls is like a person who can't swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet. Please note an average of 6+4+2 is 4. The BJP emerged as the single largest party with 79 of the 224 seats, followed by the Congress with 65.

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In the Old Mysore region, which is traditionally a stronghold of the Vokkaligas, the JD (S), with 23 seats, could get the same number of seats or less, as predicted by various exit polls. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)".

While senior leaders of the BJP and the JD (S) have expressed confidence that their parties will win with majority, there has been no word from Mr Deve Gowda, or the BJP's prospective Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.

The last Assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling, it said.

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