Siddaramaiah says he is 'okay' if a Dalit becomes Karnataka CM

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On Twitter, the chief minister dubbed the exit polls as entertainment for the next two days. I do have a list of things we could do better; & a list of things that we need to do. The Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Exit Poll already coming and some of them are looking quite close. "I have seen the exit polls".

But, she is also confident that the BJP will secure a majority so the question will not arise for the Congress party. "At 6 feet you drown (sic)".

On the other hand if BJP forms the next government in Karnataka, even if it is in coalition with JD (S), it will affirm that Modi magic remains strong, Hindutva is striding on, and give BJP a drum-beating gateway to the south. Relax & enjoy your weekend.

But all eyes are on the JD (Secular) of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, give the predictions of a hung assembly in the state.

A day after the Karnataka Assembly polls, chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his last election. According to Chanakya exit poll, the BJP is likely to get 39 per cent voting share, which is near the halfway mark.

At the same time, he said that he himself is a contender for the top post but would gladly accept if the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elects Siddaramaiah.

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The chief minister dismissed the possibility of a similar scenario this time around.

Yeddyurappa said his calculations had never gone wrong in his political career and he expected the BJP to win 125 to 130 seats.

Yeddyurappa, who has been chief minister earlier too, said he will waive off loans after taking office as promised in the India's Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto.

Siddaramaiah's latest comment has now further fuelled the rumours of a possible tie-up between Congress and JD (S) but the strained personal relationship between Karnataka CM and Deve Gowda remains a point of trouble.

Congress leaders in politically crucial hubs like Badami, Mudhol and Jamkhandi admitted that to a "large extent", the party's move on Lingayats was "hasty" as several community leaders and people at large realised that the decision was chiefly going against the interest of the' Veerashaivas'. "We are 100 per cent sure of forming the Government on May 17".

The Election Commission had yesterday postponed polling in Rajrajeshwari Nagar seat to May 28, saying the current electoral process in the constituency has been "vitiated" by parties and candidates by trying to influence voters.