Karnataka Exit Poll 2018: CVoter-ABP exit poll predicts victory for BJP

As polling ended for the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, the CVoter-ABP Exit Poll has predicted a victory for the BJP. According to the poll, the Congress is slated to sucure 93 seats where as JD(S) is expected to clinch approximately 25 seats.
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Bengaluru: After the end of polling activities for the Karnataka Assembly Election 2018, exit poll results have been declared. The CVoter-ABP exit poll has predicted a victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with a margin of approximately 103 seats out of the 222, while it has predicted the Congress to win 93 seats. Among others, JD(S) has been predicted to win 25 seats while others have got 1.

The prediction, which gives a ray of hope to the main challengers, is a big boost to BS Yeddyurappa, who is BJP’s chief ministerial candidate and the tallest Lingayat leader in the state that last saw BJP in power before Siddaramaiah wrested the governance from them in 2013.

It may be noted that other polls had earlier predominantly given an upper hand to the Congress but after a correction, it seems that the BJP has again managed to take the lead. Only Times Now VMR and Axis My India have predicted a victory for the Congress and all others have suggested a BJP victory. The Poll of Polls projection suggested that the BJP would win approximately 103 seats while the Congress would be left with roughly 73 seats.

Among other prominent exit polls, Times Now-VMR has predicted 80-93 seats from the BJP; 90-103 for the Congress and 31-39 for the JD(S). It should be noted that a poll by NDTV news channel predicted the ruling Congress to win around 90-103 seat in the Karnataka Assembly Election 2018. On the other hand, it predicted BJP to bag 80-93 seats and the JD(S) is predicted to get approximately 31-39 seats. Others have been predicted to win 204 seats.

According to Axis My India exit poll, the Congress is expected to win in the state with 111 seats, while BJP is expected to win 85 seats, and just 26 seats for the JD(S).

Polling activity was held throughout the day across 222 of the state’s 224 constituencies on Saturday. The Election Commission told that the state recorded a 70 per cent voting percentage. Battleground Karnataka has already heated up with incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah saying that the Congress would stay in power with victories in over 120 Assembly seats.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was confident of his party Congress of retaining power by winning over 120 Assembly seats. He also said that BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. Siddaramaiah’s sarcastic comments came after Yeddyurappa claimed that the BJP will form the government by winning 145-150 seats.