The results of the Karnataka polls are in: The BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, although it fell short of getting a majority in the Assembly. Meanwhile, Congress and JD(S), who bagged 78 and 38 seats respectively, agreed to a post-poll alliance.
After Rahul Gandhi's Grand Old Party agreed to back Deve Gowda's outfit, the latter sent a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala and staked a claim to form the government. BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa meanwhile, also met the governor and pressed his claim.
As the parties jockey for position, it is worth comparing the election results to the exit polls: Six of eight such polls gave a clear edge to the BJP over the Congress and predicted a hung Assembly. Thus, most exit polls painted a fairly accurate picture:
|India Today-Axis My India||106-118||79-92||22-30||1-4|
|Republic TV-Jan ki Baat||73-82||95-114||32-43||3-4|
|ABP News Cvoter||87-99||97-109||21-30||1-8|
These are the major points which most exit polls accurately predicted:
BJP emerges as single largest party
Five out of eight exit polls correctly predicted the saffron party's performance: Republic TV-Jan ki Baat, Dighvijay News, NewsX-CNX, News Nation and ABP News Cvoter. Today's Chanakya wrongly predicted that BJP would cross the majority mark and win 120 seats.
Times Now-VMR and India Today-Axis My India, which claimed that Congress would emerge as the single largest party, missed the mark entirely.
No clear majority
Seven of eight polls correctly predicted no single party would be able to cross the majority mark (112).
JD(S) emerges as key player
Most exit polls also predicted that because no single party would get a clear majority, JD(S) would emerge as the key player. The most accurate exit polls that predicted the number of seats JD(S) would win were: Times Now-VMR exit poll (31-39 seats), Republic TV-Jan ki Baat exit poll (32-43 seats), Newx-CNX exit poll (35-39 seats), and News Nation exit poll (36-40 seats). The Dighvijay News exit polls (31-35 seats) was in the ballpark.
Updated Date: May 15, 2018 19:01 PM