72.13% voting recorded in Karnataka polls

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On Saturday, the people of Karnataka voted to elect the members of the legislative Assembly in the ongoing election process. Congress and Janata Dal (S) leaders have already started making subtle overtures to each other, with Congress minister DK Shivakumar stating that he expects the JD (S) to perform better this time. So, dear party workers, supporters and well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. A 70% voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes election.

Polling began on Saturday in India's southern state of Karnataka, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to wrest control over one of the few places left in the hands of the opposition Congress party.

Meanwhile BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa and incumbent Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah are confident of forming the next government in the state.

Siddharamaiah had successfully steered the Congress providing a stable Government for five years from 2013 to 2018 in Karnataka, which has in the past seen repeated changes of Chief Ministers since 1978.

The CM said party workers should not feel anxious about the exit-poll results which have been predicting a tough competition between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Please note average of 6+4+2 is 4.

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Many political pundits have predicted that counting of votes on May 12 will result in a hung assembly and JDS will emerge as the ultimate kingmaker.

Addressing the media here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that he does not believe in the exit polls whether it is in favour or against his party.

The Poll of Exit Polls on NDTV forecast 97, 90 and 31 seats for the BJP, the Congress and the JD (S) respectively. "Mr Siddaramaiah will lose both in Badami and Chamundeshwari".

Surveys varied in their predictions for seats for the three parties but the figures clearly indicated that the JD-S could have a decisive role in government formation. They predicted 79-82 and 80-93 seats for the BJP, respectively. Kumaraswamy enjoyed his term till October 2007, but then refused to make way for the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa. "But MLAs also have to give opinions", Siddaramaiah said in Mysuru after telling reporters earlier in the day that "this will be my last election".