Polls suggest BJP may be leading party in India's Karnataka

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

The 72.13 percent voter turnout in the Karnataka Assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest since the 1952 state polls, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said on Sunday. He said that now former Union minister Anand Sharma too has jumped into the battle of supremacy.

He later joined Congress and became the chief minister of the southern state. He said that as minister, Anand Sharma had snatched the special industrial package given to Himachal Pradesh by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government. However, some polls said the ruling Congress will emerge as the largest party. Siddaramaiah went on to realise his ambition of becoming CM by joining the Congress later - and the dynamics of the Deve Gowda-Siddaramaiah relationship will come in to play again should the results on May 15 force the Congress and JD (S) to work together again. At 6 feet you drown.

BS Yeddyurappa, the CM candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), rejected Siddaramaiah's claim stating that the Karnataka CM knows he is "losing miserably".

Times Now VMR predicted the BJP getting 86, the Congress 96, JD-S 35 and others 3 while Republic TV-Jan ki bat predicted 104 seat for the BJP, 77 for the Congress, 37 for the JD-S and two for others.

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The Congress has received its highest tally from the Axis My India poll for India Today as well as Suvarna's poll. So, Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don't worry about exit polls. In the runup to other state polls and the general elections, we expect government policies to remain focussed on improving rural incomes.

Though several exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly, the three major political parties - the Congress, BJP and Janata Dal (S) -have rubbished them.

Earlier today, Siddaramaiah mocked at the predictions of a hung assembly by conductors of various exit polls calling them "entertainment". Rahul Gandhi and the incumbent Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah represented the Congress party.

Dr Parameshwara said there was nothing wrong on party leaders aspiring for the top-most post as all have contributed to the growth and success of the party.

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