Friday, May 25, 2018 06:40 AM

Karnataka exit polls offer varied results, yet, certain trends still emerge

Exit polls though give a varied results, reveal certain broad trends emerging out of Karnataka elections. 

  1. Firstly, there is no visible anger against Siddaramiah government resulting in no strong anti incumbency independent of whether congress retains the state or not. 
  2. JD(S) is expected to emerge as key player whether or not it will be a king maker. The JD(S) though lost its ground is still a force to reckon with in Karnataka indicating the caste based political loyalties. The JD(S) performance is significant  in view of polarized contest between Congress and BJP.
  3. There seems to be an undeclared understanding between BJP and JD(S) giving Congress anxious moments.
  4. Narendra Modi finds it difficult to demonstrate spectacular performance  in an election where he is pitted against strong regional satraps. Siddaramaiah proves to be a regional leader in national party.
  5. The BJP's slogan of congress mukth Bharat is a distant reality. This is evident from the congress improved performance in Gujarat and the sleepless nights BJP has to undergo to counter congress in Karnataka indicating more to come for the saffron party in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where it has to face anti-incumbency. 

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