Karnataka election: Siddaramaiah confident of Congress victory

Karnataka election: Siddaramaiah confident of Congress victory

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah waves at his supporters after voting in the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, at Hundi village in Mysore on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday asserted that the Congress would come back to power with a clear majority and dubbed his political rival, the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa, as "mentally disturbed" on his claim that he would form the next government in the state.

He also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, charging that income tax raids were ordered against Congress workers and well-wishers out of desperation because the saffron party was sure of losing the election.

The issue would be raised with the Election Commission after the polls and in Parliament, the chief minister said.

"Congress will get the clear majority. There is no confusion about this. We are very confident that Congress will come back to power with a clear majority. He (Yeddyurappa) is mentally disturbed. The BJP can't get more than 60-65 seats," Siddaramaiah said.

The chief minister also dismissed the BJP's allegations that the Congress misused government machinery during the Assembly polls.

"How can it be? Is it possible? I can never do it in my political career. They (BJP) are making false allegations. On the other hand, they (BJP) are doing it," Siddaramaiah told reporters in Varuna constituency in Mysuru from where his son Dr Yathindra is contesting,

Siddaramaiah is contesting from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru apart from Badami in north Karnataka.

Predicting his victory from Chamundeshwari, Siddaramaiah ruled out the possibility of a hung Assembly, saying the Congress would get a clear majority. The situation of a hung Assembly would never arise, Siddaramaiah asserted.