HUBBALLI SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION KARNATAKA DECIDES 2018 70 % The high-stakes Karnataka assembly elections saw a high voter turnout on Saturday. SIDDU CLAIMS UPPER ‘HAND’, BSY SAYS LOTUS WILL BLOOM 2013 71.4 % Hours after BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa predicted “145-150 seats” for the party, CM Siddaramaiah said, “Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. The Congress will get more than 120 seats. There is no doubt, no confusion on this.” TALKING POINTS Age no bar, 111-yr-old Siddaganga seer of Tumakuru casts vote Re-polling on Monday in one polling booth in Bengaluru’s Hebbal due to EVM failure Half of Bengaluru did not go out and vote. 222 Total No. of constituencies that went to poll (1 deferred, 1 countermanded) CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI VOTE & WATCH: THE SUSPENSE IS ON Exit polls predict hung House, most give BJP the edge, unlike pre-election surveys that forecast Congress emerging as frontrunner DIVIDED VERDICT? On a day when K’taka registered 70% voter turnout, no clear signal has emerged from the various exit polls POLL OF EXIT POLLS A poll of all exit polls, which in effect means the average of the seat prediction of all the exit polls, reflects a hung assembly with BJP emerging as the single largest party with 103 seats, which is 10 short of the magic number 113 to form the government. Congress is expected to get 86 and JD(S) 31 seats. The Big 3 — Congress, BJP and JD(S) — reject exit polls 90-103 2-4 TIMES NOW-VMR 32-43 73-82 95-114 2-3 REPUBLIC TV-JAN KI BAAT 22-30 106-118 79-92 1-4 INDIA TODAY-AXIS 21-30 87-99 97-109 1-8 ABP NEWS C VOTER 35-39 72-78 102-110 3-5 NEWSX -CNX CONG Congress will form the government again without support from anyone. I will become CM again. Modi magic will not work. Siddaramaiah, CM 31-39 80-93 BJP JD(S) 90-103 OTHERS 33-43 80-93 2-4 PEOPLE’S PULSE PRE- POLL SURVEY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE fiercely fought political battle for Karnataka seemed to have delivered a fractured mandate as the voting ended at 6pm on Saturday with most of the exit poll surveys predicting a hung assembly with the JD(S) emerging as the kingmaker. While the exit polls conducted by ABP-C Voter, Times Now-VMR, NewsX-CNX and Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat predicted a hung assembly, the Times NowToday’s Chanakya gave a clear majority for the BJP with 120 seats in the 224-member house. India TodayAxis gave the Congress a score of 106 to 118 seats, tantalisingly close to the magic number of 113. Voting was held for only 222 seats as election for R R Nagar and Jayanagar seats have been put off. The exit polls were divided in their prediction of the frontrunner too. Of the seven exit polls, five predicted the BJP surging ahead of the ruling Congress in the state, while only two saw the Congress retaining its edge over the BJP . Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rejected the exit poll results as far from real. “We will get 120-plus seats and form the government. I will become CM again,” he said. The BJP on the other hand, said it would perform much , better than what the exit polls have predicted. Party MP Sriramulu, who has locked horns with Siddaramaiah in Badami constituency said: “The game is , over for the Congress. BJP will 2018 get at least 120 seats.” JD(S) leader Basavaraj Horatti too rejected the exit poll results and said JD(S) would spring a surprise when results are out on May 15. “The numbers given by exit polls raise doubts about their authenticity and methodology Horatti said. ,” Political analyst Harish Ramaswamy said: “The huge variation seen in seat predictions raises questions about the methodology adopted by these agencies. Voter surveys over a specific period of time seems more credible and accurate than exit polls.” Most of the pre-poll surveys had predicted a hung assembly with the Cong ress emerging as the frontrunner. The battle for Karnataka, which is seen as having a major impact on national politics ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, had drawn Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself to lead the charge against Siddaramaiah. Though Congress president Rahul too campaigned extensively the party projected Siddara, maiah as the man who could deliver. Nawaz Sharif admits Pak’s involvement in 26/11 attacks A G E N C I E S @ Lahore FOR the first time, Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (in pic) has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai, a media report said. Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” Sharif told Dawn. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar’s militant organisations - Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-eMohammad, - operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: “Militant organisations are active in Pakistan.” “Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial.” The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. He further said: “It’s absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it.” US President Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists. Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being “honest and righteous” as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE. In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N). Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said: “You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government - the constitutional one.” INSIDE BIG 3 CONFIDENT OF FORMING NEXT GOVT Leaders of all three major political parties claimed that they are confident of winning a majority to form the next government P4 WILL BJP NET COASTAL KARNATAKA? In all 3 districts of coastal Karnataka voting percentage has crossed 75%, raising hopes in the BJP camp. P5 POLLING STNS NOT ELDERLY-FRIENDLY Sainath Pawar and Praveen Pawar, brothers from Saal OniI in Hubballi, pose with their brides Suman and Bandana after casting their votes at Pendar Galli booth soon after tying the knot, on Saturday I EXPRESS There were stories from across Bengaluru on elders facing a harrowing time at the polling booths P4 State votes with enthusiasm, B’luru plays spoilsport 2013 OVERALL TURNOUT: 71.45% Constituency with highest turnout: Hosakote (90.97%) in Bengaluru rural district Constituency with lowest turnout: Sarvagnanagar (50.23%) in Bengaluru city 2018 OVERALL TURNOUT: 70% Highest voter turnout: Ramanagara 80% Lowest turnout: Bengaluru North and South 49% 2 dead, 50 hurt during clashes in Aurangabad E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai TWO persons died and around fifty others, including a dozen policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Moti Karanja area in Aurangabad city in Maharashtra on Friday night. One of the deceased was a 17-year-old youth who allegedly died in police firing, while the other was a 65-year-old man who was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop was set on fire by rioters, the official said. Prohibitory orders were imposed here throughout Saturday . Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the situation is now under control and efforts have been undertaken to restore peace. According to local sources, tension was brewing in Moti Karanja area for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections. It got a communal colour when an illegal water connection at a place of worship in the area was removed, sources added. EXPRESS READ India ready to be ‘Sherpa’ to help Nepal, says PM Another molestation, rape video emerges in Bihar Assam on the edge due to Citizenship Bill New Delhi: While lauding the Himalayan nation’s successful journey from bullets to ballots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India is ready to be the “Sherpa” to help Nepal scale the mountain of success. Modi, who concluded his two-day visit to the country, also lauded the country for switching from “Yuddh to Buddh (War to Peace)”. Patna: Two weeks after a video clip of a young girl being molested by seven young men in Jehanabad shocked the country, another video clip, purportedly showing the rape of a young woman in presence of several men, has gone viral. The location of the incident is yet to be ascertained, but from the Magahi dialect used in the video clip suggests the incident took place in a district in southern Bihar. Guwahati: The Northeast is uniting against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which the Narendra Modi government wants to pass to grant citizenship to the non-Muslim immigrants of Bangladesh besides Pakistan and Afghanistan. The North East Students’ Union staged a protest in a show of solidarity with the people of Assam who are venting their ire on the streets on a daily basis opposing the Bill. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru AFTER witnessing months of hectic campaigning and leaders -- both state and national -- fly in and out of their constituencies, people of Karnataka turned out in large numbers to vote in the assembly election on Saturday. Chief Election Officer Sanjiv Kumar said voting across the 222 constituencies that went to polls crossed 70 per cent. In keeping with the trend, rural areas registered more voting than urban constituencies, and traditional high turnout regions of Old Mysuru and Coastal Karnataka did not disappoint. Urban parts, especially the four regions of Bengaluru, recorded the lowest voter turnouts, bringing down the state average. The Election Commission officials expect the turnout to cross 2013’s figure of 71.45% when the final count is taken, and there’s a possibility of a new record being created if the voting surpasses the record of 71.9% set in 1978. While Ramanagara recorded the highest voter tur nout of 80%, Bengaluru South and North recorded a mere 49%. Coastal Karnataka districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada recorded a polling percentage of 73, 75 and 71 respectively . “Voting percentages indicate the voters’ mood only when there is massive anti-incumbency and considerably high voter turnouts, but these figures are conservative,” said Narendra Pani, political analyst. He said the total voter percentage has seen a spike due to traditionally high-voting regions of competitive politics like Coastal and Southern Karnataka. Analysts also believe that, going by the voter turnout alone, the current Congress government has no reason to worry “There is no sign . of any wave against it. The numbers in coastal region are also not indicative of anything unsual or spectacular,” Pani said. The numbers in four regions of Bengaluru – Central (51%), North (49%), South (49%) and Urban (51%) —are well below the 2013 figures, a cause of worry for both the BJP and the Congress, which are locked in a close contest.
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