Karnataka polls: Congress gains last minute surge

Last Updated: Sat, May 04, 2013 12:33 hrs

Bangalore: A day before the state goes to polls, opposition Congress appears to have made significant gain among voters, inching towards getting into magical figure of 112.

Though the state has 224 seats, since the election at Periyapattana in Mysore district has been countermanded after the death of the BJP candidate, now a party needs only 112 seats to secure a majority.

Most poll surveys have given a clear edge to the Congress. However, the party members themselves were apprehensive of getting a majority. A ray of hope has come in the form of a report by state police intelligence, which indicates that Congress may succeed in capturing power with the help of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), floated by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The report has cited that poll surveys, which indicated an advantage to the Congress, were successfully in creating a fear psychosis among the booth level leaders of JD(S) and the BJP in rural areas, who slowly started moving towards the Congress.

A week ago, the intelligence survey had put the Congress tally at 85. However, Sunday's report stated that Congress might get anywhere between 95-100. Since there was another 48 hours for the polls, anything may happen.

At the same time, KJP, which was hovering around 5-6 made a significant surge, taking its assumed tally to 12-13 seats. The intelligence report has indicated a possible alliance between the two parties, which might form the next government.

Meanwhile, the tally of JD(S), which was said to be anywhere between 50-55 has gone unchanged. However, the BJP, which was hoping to get anywhere between 65-70, may slump down to 50-55. The report also has indicated that there would be no surprise if BJP stands in third place in the tally.

Meanwhile, the intelligence report has given 2-3 seats to BSR Congress and around 6-8 independent members. These seats come into the picture only if independents and BSR candidates put together match the number of candidates winning from the KJP. 

The tally of BJP and JD(S) also should match the number of candidates who win from the Congress.

However, the Congress felt a sigh of relief after the new report came out, while BJP is a worried lot. 

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