The elections are over in Karnataka and the final results are due on May 15. The Congress, with 13 seats, is likely to increase its tally there because of the strong candidates it could field. He has claimed that the BJP will secure 140-150 seats and that he will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his swearing in.
"So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don't worry about exit polls".
Reacting to the talk about Dalit Chief Minister for Karnataka, he told media persons in Mysuru that if High command and legislative party desires, he is ready to accept the suggestion without any hesitation. This would help the party get 120 seats while the Congress is expected to get 73 and the JD (S), 26.
Times Now, often perceived to be a pro-government channel, posted a series of tweets in the run up to its broadcast of the exit polls all throughout the day.
Notably, the Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to form the government. He took to Twitter to urge Congress workers to take rest and assured them of a victory with a clear majority.
Siddaramaiah, who was once in the JD (S), has repeatedly mocked the party as a B-team of the BJP. 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. "That question does not arise now".
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Any talk of a tie-up between the Congress and the JDS is expected to come with its own set of complications.
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. "People of Karnataka want to see HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister", Ali is quoted as saying by news agency ANI. There is no need to have connection with any other political party, " he told reporters at his posh Dollars Colony residence here.
"The Congress uses its energy only to destroy secular regional forces".
Siddaramaiah in an interview to a Kannada TV said, if dalit CM is appointed without taking legislators into confidence, it will adversely impact governance owing to dissidence.