Congress denies chances of going in alliance with JD(S) in Karnataka

Katnataka Election 2018 Live Voting embarked for 222 constituencies

Katnataka Election 2018 Live Voting embarked for 222 constituencies

The Congress, with 13 seats, is likely to increase its tally there because of the strong candidates it could field. "PM Modi is in touch with me and Amit Shah". Here are results of some of the exit polls as there were many also by regional TV networks and newspapers that only created more confusion. Deve Gowda had denied the allegation, insisting that his party had been let down by both, the Congress and BJP, and would support neither. "I can not talk about what may happen later based on assumptions or exit poll verdicts", he said pointing out that exit polls have proved wrong in the past too and even in 2013, when exit polls came out with similar findings.

The former Chief Minister dismissed both Congress and Janata Dal (S) having any chance to form the government and insisted that there will be no need for the BJP to seek support of any "outside support" as he was extremely confident that BJP will gain a clear majority. They didn't make the cut as the majority of Congress legislators chose Siddaramaiah.

Meawhile, the police had to do a mild lathicharge to disperse JD (S) and Congress party workers in Sindhanur town who quarrelled over some young Congressmen trying to persuade voters to vote in their favour.

"The party will have to take opinion of the legislators and the high command has to agree to it", Siddaramaiah said adding "I didn't face any dissidence in my five-year term".

Answering questions, he maintained that there was no dispute in the Congress rank and file on who will be the "next Chief Minister".

When asked about Exit polls, he refused to comment on them.

Any talk of a tie-up between the Congress and the JDS is expected to come with its own set of complications.

JD-S chief and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma and second son H D Revanna cast their votes in their hometown Holenarsipura in Hassan district. "People of Karnataka want to see HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister", Ali is quoted as saying by news agency ANI. However, his party has reportedly kept the doors open for Congress. BJP will win more than 125-130 seats.

Siddaramaiah had also dubbed his political rival, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s B S Yeddyurappa as "mentally disturbed" for his claim that he would take oath as the chief minister on May 17.