Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday sounded optimistic even after the exit polls on Saturday predicted a hung assembly in Karnataka with no political party winning a clear majority in the 225-member assembly. He asked his supporters not to worry about the Exit polls.
Taking to Twitter,"Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days. Relying on poll of polls is like a person who can't swim crossing a river on foot relying on a statistician who told him the average depth of the river is 4 feet... So, Dear party workers, supporters & well wishers, don't worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend."
Siddaramaiah contested from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru apart from Badami in north Karnataka.
Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda said, "I am not prepared to accept or reject anything, let's wait for 15th May (counting of votes ), we will get to know the reality."
The high-stakes battle for the Karnataka Assembly ended on Saturday evening, with about 70 per cent voting being recorded till 6 p.m. All three main contenders for power - Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) - have claimed they would win hands down. Indicating a tight race between the BJP and the Congress, most exit polls forecast a hung assembly but gave the saffron party an edge with a possibility of the JD(S) emerging as the kingmaker.