Voter turnout in Karnataka revised to 72.13%, highest since 1952 Assembly polls

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In case the BJP gets the mandate, it reflects the enduring charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his capacity to power his party to victory across the country, clearing demographic and topographical obstacles, in combination with party's president Amit Shah's strategy. I saw a lot of confidence in them.

On a related note, all eyes are now on Karnataka as the stage is set for the counting of votes on Tuesday, three days after elections were held in the state.

"It is heartening to tell you that women and young voters have come out in large numbers in this election and we are expecting voter turnout percentage to cross 70 per cent", he told reporters in Bengaluru.

It would also further galvanise the BJP cadre before the Assembly elections in party-ruled Rajasthan, MadhyaPradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year.

The Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to stake a claim to form the government.

Since the 2014 general election, the Congress has been defeated by the BJP in over a dozen states, drastically shrinking its political footprint.

He refused to comment on the proposal to appoint a Dalit Chief Minister and said that he will not oppose it.

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The BJP has fielded 223 candidates, while the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) fielded 222 and 201 candidates respectively.

He pointed out that earlier professionals and experts used to conduct exit polls but these days, exit polls are being conducted under the influence of the ideology of the owners of TV channels. Some have said the Congress, led by its chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while some have given the single largest party tag to the BJP. "Karnataka Election Commission has sought permission from Central Election Commission in this regard", said a member of the Congress delegation. Again Congress was single largest party with 17 seats and BJP got only 13 seats. remaining 10 seats shared by other parties. The counting in Badami seat has begun and Siddaramaiah is leading by 384 postal ballots. The India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress would be the single largest party. It has given 73-82 seats to Congress, 32-43 seats to JD (S) and 2-3 seats to others.

Out of the 222 seats, 80-90 are expected to go to the BJP, while anywhere from 35-50 are expected to go to the JD (S). He hoped that Congress party will get simple majority.