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Karnataka Elections 2023: Kumaraswamy flies to Singapore for medical checkup, expected to return on counting day

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Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday, May 11, flew to Singapore for a health checkup.

The Janata Dal (Secular) second-in-command was hospitalised during campaigning for the Assembly elections following exhaustion and weakness. He has previously undergone heart surgery.

According to a report in news agency PTI, Kumaraswamy, the son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, left to the island nation with his personal assistant and a few others and would be back on Saturday morning.

The elections to the 224-member Assembly took place on Wednesday, and counting of votes is slated for Saturday. However, it is yet to be seen how things will shape up after the results are declared.

The Exit Polls conducted on Wednesday showed Congress leading the race while BJP takes second position and JD(S) on third. However, most exit polls predicted a tight contest between Congress and BJP but JD(S) seems to be expecting a hung verdict.

The JD(S) will be the key factor in case of a hung verdict, and may emerge as ‘king’ or ‘kingmaker’, as in 2018.

“There is certainly a scenario of a hung verdict and the strong possibility of a coalition government with JD(S) playing an active role. Let the results come out formally; things will get revealed one after the other as to who will play what role,” a senior JD(S) leader said on grounds of anonymity told PTI.


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