The urban electorate once again proved to be a blot in the democratic election process by keeping away from the Karnataka Assembly elections held on Saturday.
At least seven of the 11 exit polls give an edge to BJP, very close to 112 seats needed in the polling for 222 in the 224-member House while NDTV shows voters balancing Congress and BJP with each getting 94 seats and JD (S) 32.
The Karnataka CM is teeming with confidence as he brushes aside the exit polls as "entertainment for the next 2 days".
Both Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence, have campaigned hard in Karnataka, a state of 66 million people with diverse constituencies. Siddaramaiah exhorted his party workers, supporters and well wishers to relax and enjoy their weekend. "And finally, to all the workers of the Congress party - I am indebted to you for all your efforts", chief minister Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.
Karnataka is the only place in South India where the Hindu nationalist BJP has ever managed to win control of the state government.
Karnataka chief minister, however, asserted that Congress should not impose the decision. JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda has already shunned BJP by giving them a clear no-no for a possible tie-up, given the bad history between the two parties.
The statement comes after exit polls following Assembly elections on Saturday predicted a hung Assembly with the possibility of the Janata Dal-Secular emerging as the kingmaker. Please note an average of 6+4+2 is 4. The India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress would be the single largest party. He had said earlier in the day that the BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was "mentally disturbed" to have claimed that the BJP would form the next government. The post-poll surveys claimed that the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) will be the "kingmaker" with almost 40 seats. Siddharamaiah and D. Devaraj Urs (1972-77) are the only two Chief Ministers to complete five years in office as the Chief Minister of the State since the State of Mysore was renamed Karnataka (1973).
The Congress leader while speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency said, "This will be my last election".
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