After exit polls predict hung Assembly, Siddaramaiah says will step aside for Dalit CM

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said he will step aside for a Dalit Chief Minister if the Congress leadership wishes.

“It is fine if the party decides to have a Dalit Chief Minister,” he said, according to leading TV news channel.

The statement comes after exit polls following Assembly elections on Saturday predicted a hung Assembly with the possibility of the Janata Dal-Secular emerging as the kingmaker.

We are coming back. Don’t worry about exit polls & enjoy your weekend: Siddaramaiah

Siddaramaiah also took to Twitter to dismiss exit polls as “entertainment” and told his party workers and supporters to relax and enjoy the weekend. “We are coming back,” he tweeted.

Earlier, he told the media: “This will be my last election.”

The Karnataka election results will be announced on Tuesday.