Mysore, Apr 17 UNI | 3 months ago

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said polling across the state have been peaceful the trend favoured Congress party and it will win 18 to 20 Lok Sabha seats out of 28 segments in the elections held today.

Speaking to mediapersons in his native village of Siddaramana Hundi, where he cast his vote, he said all the opinion polls were not correct as they were based on only few thousands samples while a Lok Sabha segment always had over 1.8 million voters.

"Many such opinion polls went wrong during the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the same will be repeated this time also. The people are in favour of Congress party in the state. Recently they had overwhelmingly voted for it in Assembly elections and I have confidence that they will do the same thing now,' he said.

Referring to Election Commission instructions to leave Mysore city last night, he said 'it was totally wrong on the part of the election commission. I am resident of Mysore city and have every right to stay.'

However, he said this issue was not important now and closed.

Chief minister voted in Chamarajanagara (R) constituency and his home constituency coming under Varuna Assembly segment, close to the city.

For the first time Mr Siddaramaiah visited the village after becoming Chief Minister of the state. He was accorded warm welcome by the villagers. Before casting vote, he offered pooja to Siddarameswara Temple in the village.

(Posted on 17-04-2014)