Karnataka Poll Date Was Speculation, Not Leak: Election Commission Committee

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi | Bhanu Prakash Chandra

Mumbai (Maharashtra): The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will not fight Karnataka elections in order to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party, said NCP general secretary D P Tripathi on Thursday.

A substantial 45 per cent of votes feel that Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka should be given another chance. If one goes by the opinion poll, the BJP will improve its vote share from 19.89% to an impressive 35% and the JD (S)-BSP will get 19%.

The poll predicts that the Congress, which had managed to win well above the magic number of 113 in the 2013 elections, will fail to reach the majority mark this time.

BJP national president Amit Shah today said fearing over BJP gaining grounds and his election from his home segment Chamundeshwari becoming hard, chief minister Siddaramaiah was now scouting to contest from two segments. The BJP, which wants to dismantle the Congress Party and throw it out of power will have to be content with anywhere between 78 to 86 seats.

However, if HD Deve Gowda is to be believed, the JD (S) won't form an alliance with either of the Congress or the BJP in case of a hung assembly.

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The Karnataka Assembly elections are scheduled on May 12 as it is a single phase election and the result for the same will be declared on May 15.

Among Hindus 44 per cent feel Congress deserves a second chance. Only 37 percent Lingayats and 36 percent Brahmins believe the same.

Following a meeting with Mr. Gandhi, the Chief Minister's office set out a WhatsApp message saying that Mr. Siddaramaiah would file his nomination papers from the Chamundeshwari constituency on April 20 and from Badami on April 23. 38 percent of people have rated the performance of Siddaramaiah as very good or good while another 31 percent have rated it average. Only 16 per cent opposed the Siddaramaiah government's decision while 10 per cent had no opinion on the question.

Shah, who is in Karnataka for a two-day visit, started his day on Thursday by sitting on a protest outside the district commissioner office in Dharwad, about 450 kms from Bengaluru, against the "undemocratic and divisive politics" of the Congress party. Only 33 pre cent are optimistic about the jobs situation in Karnataka.

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