BS Yeddyurappa, the chief ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka, addressed reporters on Sunday morning during which he strongly expressed confidence in his party’s victory in the state.
“There is no doubt that BJP will form the majority government and Congress will exit from Karnataka,” he said a day after the end of polling for 222 seats in the elections.
“Our election manifesto has helped the party secure 3-4 per cent extra vote share,” he claimed.
The 75-year-old Yeddyurappa, who is contesting from Shikaripura in Shivamogga district, also reacted to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s tweet posted earlier today.
In his tweet, the 69-year-old Siddaramaiah had claimed that he thinks exit polls, which predicted a hung assembly, are “entertainment”.
“I am not telling that Siddaramaiah should believe in exit polls. He knows he is going to lose miserably. His party is not going to cross 70 seats,” Yeddyurappa said with a smile on his face.
“I have seen the exit polls numbers on various TV channels. Let me tell you that BJP will win more than 125-130 seats. Congress will not be able to cross 70 seats and JD(S) will not cross 24-25 seats,” he asserted.
“There is a strong wave in favour of BJP across Karnataka and public anger against Siddaramaiah and the Congress,” Yeddyurappa said.
The BJP leader’s comment came a day after Siddaramaiah called him “mentally disturbed”.
Reacting to the Lingayat strongman’s assertion of winning on clear majority and form the government in the state, Siddaramaiah said on Saturday, “That (Yeddyurappa’s claim) is why he is mentally disturbed. He won’t get more than 65 seats.”
Both Yeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah are hoping to become the Chief Minister of Karnataka a second time in the state which has never returned an incumbent government to power consecutive times since 1989.