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Siddaramaiah now ready to make way for a Dalit CM in Karnataka

Siddaramaiah now ready to make way for a Dalit CM in Karnataka

"In Chamundeswari we may not get the expected lead but we will still win it". He also pointed out that this was his last election and that he will act as a mentor for his party.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said he will step aside for a Dalit chief minister if the Congress leadership wishes. He was addressing media persons in Kalburgi today in the state after celebrating his 50th marriage anniversary. According to Chanakya exit poll, the BJP is likely to get 39 per cent voting share, which is near the halfway mark.

As many as 222 of the 224 constituencies in the state went to the polls on Saturday, and the results will be declared on May 15.

Chhattisgarh BJP government already increased the age of retirement to 62 years from 60 for its employees in 2013 ahead of state assembly polls that year and BJP won the polls. "We are confident that Siddaramaiah will again become the CM", he said. JD (S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy has gone to Singapore, and the reason for his travel could not be ascertained.

All eyes are on Karnataka as it heads to the polls on Saturday in an election that could define the fortunes of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

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The Election Commission has deferred the polls for the Rajarajeswari Nagar seat to May 28 after a massive row erupted over a large number of voter ID cards being found in a Bengaluru apartment.

Siddaramaiah said, he will restrict himself to Karnataka politics as the party will win more than 120 constituencies.

But Siddaramaiah - the first Karnataka chief minister to complete a full term in three decades - dismissed the exit polls, saying these are "entertainment". In this region, the Congress has 31 seats and the BJP 13, but with the Reddy Brothers and Sriramulu now part of the BJP, the party expects to perform better. While Deve Gowda has vehemently denied having any alliance with the two national parties, the Congress is trying to strike an alliance with the JD (S) by presenting a dalit chief ministerial candidate. "As I was the Chief Minister for five years, it was my responsibility to contest the elections", he said. He maintained that the Congress would secure absolute majority.

In the 225-member state Assembly, a party needs at least 113 seats to form the government.

At last, when central government employees wake up tomorrow, a momentous decision of Karnataka assembly elections will have been made, and it's going to affect all employees.