Karnataka Elections 2018: BJP to Win 130 Seats, Predicts Amit Shah on Last Day of Campaign
Amit Shah | File Image | (Photo Credits: PTI)

Bengaluru, May 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is poised to win at least 130 seats in the Karnataka assembly elections slated to be held on May 12, predicted party chief Amit Shah on the last day of campaign.

Hours before the code of conduct comes into force barring all forms of electioneering, Shah addressed a press conference in Badami -- the seat which features the candidacy of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

"BJP will win more than 130 seats and form government in Karnataka," he said. On being asked whether the BJP would approach the JD(S) in case of a hung assembly, Shah replied, "There is no question of seeking or giving support to anyone."

The Congress, he said, would be rejected by the electorate for the "rampant corruption" witnessed by the state over the past five years. "The government of Yeddyurappa ji will eliminate all forms of graft, apart from restoring law and order in Karnataka."

Shah also accused the incumbent Siddaramaiah government of "working for only community".

"All their schemes and policies were favoured towards one special community. The BJP does not believe in this. Under our government, we will ensure welfare to all," he added.

The BJP president also charged the Congress of being "hand-in-glove with jihadi forces" -- a reference to the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political wing, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). The two outfits are accused by the Sangh Parivar of being linked to the terror network.

"Congress takes support of SDPI and PFI to win elections. That separates us from the Congress. We will never join hands with traitors and anti-nationals for electoral gains," he added.

Polls in Karnataka will be held in 223 constituencies on May 12. Voting in one seat - Jayanagar - has been deferred due to the death of incumbent MLA and BJP candidate B N Vijaykumar due to a heart attack. The election results will be declared on May 15.