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Exit polls is 'entertainment for the next 2 days': Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala

The survey by News Nation gave BJP 107 seats followed by CNX-106, Jan Ki Baat - 105 and C Voter - 103.

Polling was held on 222 of 224 seats with election on two seats having been countermanded.

It was highly unlikely for the JD (S) to tie-up with the BJP as it had a "bitter experience" forming a government with the saffron party in 2008 and the alliance ended on a bad note.

The channel's on-air graphics changed spectacularly as soon as it became clear that the BJP was trailing behind Congress in the exit poll predictions. The JD (S), which may play king maker has been shown with the chance of making it in 32 to 43 seats.

In the Old Mysore region, which is traditionally a stronghold of the Vokkaligas, the JD (S), with 23 seats, could get the same number of seats or less, as predicted by various exit polls. The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar on May 4.

However, some organisations also suggest that Congress could be the single-largest party in what is playing out to be a closely-fought contest. News X predicted 102-110, 72-78 and 35-39 seats for the BJP, Congress and JDS, respectively.

JD-S chief and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma and second son H D Revanna cast their votes in their hometown Holenarsipura in Hassan district. Even, BJP's close chief ministerial runner Yeddyurappa confirmed that is a party is winning by a big margin of 150 or 130 in this Karnataka Election.

Asked about the possible formation of the BJP Government in the State, Yeddyurappa further said, "He (PM) is in touch with me and also the BJP president". Between May 1 and May 9, Prime Minister addressed 21 rallies across the state.

As voting in most of the places in Karnataka came to an end on Saturday evening, psephologists have started giving their predictions.

A policeman stands guard as voters wait in a queue to cast their ballot outside a polling station during Karnataka assembly elections at a village on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Whereas voters elected Modi in 2014 thanks to his promise of reforms that could unlock growth in the economy there has been disquiet over his stance toward India's non-Hindu minorities, and the pain resulting from some of the economic steps taken.