A day after the perhaps most contentious assembly polls, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Dr G Parameshwara on Sunday made it clear that his party was not anxious about the hung assembly predictions by exit polls and expressed confidence of the ruling Congress party securing a comfortable majority of its own.
Both Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence, have campaigned hard in Karnataka, a state of 66 million people with diverse constituencies. "If the high command decides to make a Dalit the chief minister, I will give it the go ahead".
The Hindu nationalist BJP and its allies hold power in 22 of India's 29 states, but after Karnataka, three more state elections are due to take place by the end of the year. Yeddyurappa said, "We expect to win 125-130 seats".
The Congress, with 25 seats, has a better chance as a lower voting percentage has always helped the party vis-a-vis the competition, The BJP has two seats and might retain them. These are my figures. "Until now, never have my calculations gone wrong".
Some psephologists have said the Congress will emerge as a single largest party; some gave the single largest party tag to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "We are 100 per cent sure of forming the government on May 17", he said.
The current Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah made a crucial statement today that he and his party is ready to hand over chief minister's post Dalit candidate. The Congress knows it is going to lose. Siddharamaiah, who had earlier decided not to contest 2018 Assembly polls, has now said that this will be last poll.
It was highly unlikely for the JD (S) to tie-up with the BJP as it had a "bitter experience" forming a government with the saffron party in 2008 and the alliance ended on a bad note. After the poll process was completed on Saturday, a number of people have been arriving at his residence to meet Mr Kumaraswamy and doctors wanted him to stay away from the crowds for at least two days.
Traditionally, the law of the average in this year's election was against Siddaramaiah as since 1978 no government has been repeated in Karnataka. 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.
The state has over 4.97 crore electorate, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. At 6 feet you drown!