Exit polls suggests significant gain for NDA in Karnataka

Bengaluru, June 1 (UNI) Karnataka, the BJP’s only stronghold in the south, is in the midst of a high-stakes electoral battle with Congress.

This intense contest is marred by controversies, including water scarcity, extreme heat, and a sensational sex scandal involving suspended JDS MP Prajwal Revanna.

Despite these upheavals, the ABP Cvoter Exit Poll suggests a significant gain for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The 2024 general election in Karnataka, held on April 26 and May 7, saw the BJP allying with Janata Dal (Secular), led by HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy. BJP is contesting 25 seats, while JD(S) is vying for 3. In contrast, Congress is going solo, fielding candidates in all 28 constituencies.

Key battlegrounds include Shivamogga, Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore South, and Haveri. For BJP, a victory in Karnataka is crucial, having previously won 25 out of 28 seats in 2019. JD(S), struggling after major losses in the 2023 state polls, faces an existential crisis.

Adding to the drama, Karnataka was rocked by allegations against Prajwal Revanna, the grandson of HD Deve Gowda, thrusting a scandal into the spotlight. Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized on May 1 that his party would not support those involved in crimes against women.

Predictions indicate INDIA bloc may secure 3 to 5 seats with 41.8% of the vote share, while NDA is projected to win 23 to 25 seats, capturing 54.2%. Other parties and independents are expected to secure the remaining 4%.

Karnataka’s election is not just about numbers; it’s a high-stakes drama with national implications, potentially redefining the political landscape for years to come.

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