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This was his swansong, says Siddaramaiah

To a question on the possibility of a Dalit chief minister, Siddaramaiah said, 'It is fine if the party decides to have a Dalit chief minister.'

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Bengaluru: A day after the Karnataka Assembly elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asserted that the INC would retain power in the southern State and said this was his “last election”. Speaking to reporters in Chamundeshwari constituency, one of the two seats from where he contested in the high-stakes polls, along with Badami in north Karnataka, the Congress leader said, “This will be my last election.”

To a question on the possibility of a Dalit chief minister, Siddaramaiah said, “It is fine if the party decides to have a Dalit chief minister.”

Siddaramaiah exuded confidence that the INC would get an absolute majority in Karnataka. He ruled out any possibility of a tie-up with the JD(S) led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.

Brushing aside the exit polls, most of which have predicted a fractured verdict with some pointing towards a possible defeat for the INC, the chief minister tweeted, “Exit opinion polls are entertainment for the next 2 days. Relying on the 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. Please note an average of 6+4+2 is 4. At 6 feet you drown (sic).”

“So, Dear party workers, supporters & well-wishers, don’t worry about exit polls. Relax & enjoy your weekend. We are coming back (sic),” he said in another tweet.

Polling in the southern state was held yesterday and the results will be declared on Tuesday.

Nearly 70% of the 49.6 million electorates in Karnataka voted on Saturday to elect a new Assembly. As the voting ended at 6:30 in the evening, four of the seven polling agencies predicted in their exit polls that the BJP would emerge the single-largest party when votes are counted on Tuesday.

The poll of exit polls predicts that Karnataka is heading towards a hung assembly with the BJP emerging as the single largest party.

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