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Though several exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly, the three major political parties - the Congress, BJP and Janata Dal (S) -have rubbished them. "If the high command decides to make a Dalit the chief minister, I will give it the go ahead".

The Karnataka election results will be announced on Tuesday.

In Chamundeshwari where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah fought his last electoral battle the polling was 76.05 per cent, while in his second contesting constituency Badami witnessed a turnout was 74.65. He said Gandhi will naturally have to work on those areas, both to protect the MLAs they already have and to win fresh territory for the Congress. Relax & enjoy your weekend.

Commenting on Siddaramaiah's tweet that exit polls are entertainment for two days and Congress will form the government, the JD (S) leader said, "One may accept that these exit polls are entertainment for few TV channels, but his (Siddaramaiah) other claim is wrong".

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. "My calculations have never gone wrong", the former chief minister said in Bengaluru.

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Officials are concerned that a low voter turnout will undermine the credibility of the poll. Jalalabad is the capital of restive Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

The BJP has declared B.S. Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate. Eight major polls Saturday predicted a median 26 seats for the party - with the higher end of the predicted range in some polls reaching 35-40 - a critical mass in a situation in which almost every poll sees both the Congress and the BJP falling short of the halfway mark of 112.

"Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa are going to swallow their words in the afternoon of May 15 ..." HD Kumaraswamy, who is Mr Gowda's son, was then the Chief Minister of a coalition government with the BJP, a move which so upset his father that he fell sick.

Speculation about Siddaramaiah stepping down for a Dalit leader stems from an incident in 2013.

NewsX-CNX exit poll has claimed that the BJP is set to be elected as the single largest party in the state, with close to 102-110 seats, followed by the Congress with 72-78 seats and JDS with 35-39 seats.

"Remember, when Narendra Modi visited Mangaluru city as Gujarat chief minister in 2013, it hardly had an impact".