The report has also suggested that JD (S)'s HD Kumaraswamy has flown to Singapore and has been negotiating from there. "Every Congressman or (party) activist I have met in Karnataka has no doubt that we will be the single largest party". Amid torrential social media campaigns and rallies, Congress, BJP and JD (S) are fighting it out to grab the southern state of Karnataka.
Earlier this year, for example, the Meghalaya governor invited a coalition of the BJP and other parties to form the government even though the Congress Party was the largest in terms of MLAs.
Among the prominent candidates are Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari district in Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot and his son Yatindra from Varuna in Mysuru.
On Sunday, BS Yeddyurappa said he could give in writing that BJP would win a clear majority of seats in Karnataka.
The BJP has fielded 223 candidates, while the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) fielded 222 and 201 candidates respectively.
JD (S) got about 17.7% of the votes, and did much better than expected, hurting the Congress Party's chances in the process. JD (S)+ is gaining, with leads on 16 seats for now. And both these communities are already Yeddyudappa's vote bank. He hoped that Congress party will get simple majority.
The BJP won 38 of the Lingayat dominated seats, while the Congress won 19.
The results of the election could lead to an alliance between JD (S) and the Congress in the general elections of 2019.
As voting ended in Karnataka on Saturday, six out of eight major exit polls aired by six national television channels and one regional channel, predicted that the BJP would get the largest number of seats in the new assembly.
The Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to stake a claim to form the government.
India Today-Axis My India surveyed 70,574 voters in all the 222 assemblies that went to polls.