The counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 on Tuesday will decide the fate of Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Siddaramaiah. During the fierce campaign by all stakeholders in the run-up to the elections, Siddaramaiah took all the attacks directed at his government head-on. The results of all the 222 seats are expected to be declared by the afternoon of May 15 and any party or alliance securing 112 will be able to form the government in the state.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa questioned the working of his government, he hit back with a list of comparative data parameters ranging from job creation to budget outlay to infant mortality and loans given to farmers.
When some exit polls predicted a victory for the BJP, he took to Twitter to term them as “entertainment”, asserting that the Congress party would retain power in Karnataka. He also said that on the basis of the work done by his government in the past 5 years, he felt “deep sense of fulfillment”, adding that he has a list of things that could be done better.