The scion of the erstwhile Mysuru royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, waits in a queue to cast his ballot during Karnataka Assembly elections in Mysore on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead

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The Mandate In Karnataka

Karnataka could return a split verdict with the Bharatiya Janata Party as the single largest party and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda a kingmaker, an aggregate of five exit polls show.

The poll of exit polls say the BJP will get 100 seats and the Congress 90 seats – considerably below the 113 needed for majority for the 222 seats on which elections were held today. It gives 30 seats to the JD(S). The counting of votes will take place on Tuesday.

Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead

Four exit polls – the ABP News - C Voter, News X-CNX and Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat suggested that the BJP will gain above 100 seats or more. One exit poll says the BJP has a chance of gaining majority. The ABP News - C Voter has given the BJP an outside limit of 113 seats.

However, these are only indicative numbers and counting of votes will take place on May 15.

Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead

Polling was held in 222 constituencies of the 224-member assembly as elections in two constituencies were been countermanded – in Jayanagara, following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA BN Vijaykumar – and in Rajrajeshwari Nagar after thousands of voter cards were seized from a flat in the area.

Sanjay Pugalia and Tamanna Inamdar explain what the exit polls show. BK Hariprasad of the Congress, Sudesh Verma of the BJP and Premchand Palety of the Cfore also joined the show

The Latest Numbers, As Of 7:40 PM

  • Times Now - VMR: BJP 100, Congress 88, JD(S) 32, Others 2
  • India Today- My India Axis: Congress 106-118, BJP 79-92, JD(S) 22-30, Others 1-4
  • Republic-Jan Ki Baat: BJP 95-114, Congress 73-82, , JD(S) 32-43
  • ABP - CVoter: BJP 101-113, Congress 82-94, , JD(S) 18-31
  • NewsX - CNX: BJP 102-110, Congress 72-78, JD(S) 35-39

ABP News-CVoter Predicts BJP In The Lead

ABP News-CVoter has predicted 101 to 113 seats for BJP, while it has given Congress 82-94 seats. It has estimated JD(S) will win 18-31 seats only. These are provisional numbers as of 4 pm and may be revised based on final voting data.

Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead

Republic TV Predicts BJP Win

Republic TV-Jan ki Baat, on the other hand, has forecasted that BJP will form its second government in Karnataka. It has given 95 to 114 seats for the BJP and 73 to 82 seats for Congress. It has predicted JD(S) will win 32 to 43 seats.

Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead

NewsX-CNX Predicts BJP Will Be Single Largest Party

NewsX-CNX has projected 102 to 110 seats for the BJP, 72 to 78 seats for the Congress and 35 to 39 for JD(S).

Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead
Karnataka Elections: Exit Polls Predict Split Verdict With BJP In The Lead