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Congress busy in supremacy battle: Himachal Pradesh BJP

Congress busy in supremacy battle: Himachal Pradesh BJP

Around 64 percent of voters exercised their franchise as polling for the Assembly elections was held on Saturday.

The polling was conducted in 222 constituencies in the state on Saturday, and the results of the crucial election will be announced on Tuesday, May 15. "On the evening of May 15, I will go and meet the Prime Minister and invite him for the swearing-in ceremony on May 17", Yeddyurappa told the media.

Indicating a tight race between the BJP and the Congress, most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections forecast a hung assembly but gave the saffron party an edge with a possibility of the JD (S) emerging as the kingmaker.

While a victory would help boost the sagging morale of the Congress, which has been losing state after state since Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre, a defeat in Karnataka, the only big state it rules apart from Punjab, may further hasten its decline.

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"This election is not about Modi or Rahul but about Yeddyurappa or Siddaramaiah", he said referring to the incumbent chief minister and the BJP nominee for the high office.

Earlier in the day, the chief ministerial candidate of the JD-S, H.D. Kumaraswamy, met Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswami of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Jayanagar amidst polling for the Karnataka Assembly. The hung verdict broadly corroborates the pre-election opinion polls.

There was another twist to Times Now's coverage on exit polls.

India Today-Axix My India's upper limit (106-118) gives Congress the simple majority in 224 seat House while Republic TV-Jan ki Baat (95-114) and Today's Chanakya (120) see BJP coming to power on its own. The Grand Old Party proved that it is no better compared to other parties on this. This was perhaps the first time a news channel had commissioned two exit polls.

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The ABP C Voter predicted 107 seats for the BJP, 88 for the Congress, 25 for the JD-S and four for others, while India Today-Axis predicted the BJP getting 85, the Congress 112, the JD-S 26 and others one.

However, Bengaluru's adjacent constituencies top the charts, with Hosakote seeing a voter turnout of 89.97%, a marginal decrease from the 90.97% it had recorded in 2013 when it had recorded the state's highest turnout.

In the 2013 Karnataka elections, Congress had won 122 seats, BJP and JD-S had ended with 40 seats each while 22 seats were won by others and independents.

The decision was taken just few hours before voting commences in Karnataka.

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