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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Most Exit Polls Predict Hung Assembly, Give Edge to BJP

May 12, 2018 11:11 PM IST India India

Indicating a tight race between the BJP and the Congress, most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Saturday forecast a hung assembly but gave the saffron party an edge with a possibility of the JD(S) emerging as the kingmaker. Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-C Voter predicted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party by bagging 104 and 104-116 seats respectively in the 224-member House. The two news channels gave the incumbent Congress 78 and 83-94 seats and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S) 37 and 20-29 seats respectively. India Today-Axis exit poll, however, put the Congress in a pole position and predicted its tally in the range of 106-118 seats while of the BJP between 79-92. It saw the JD(S) tally between 22-30 seats. Times Now-VMR predicted that the BJP will win 94 seats while the Congress will bag 97 and the JD)S) 28