"If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results. While the BJP and its supporters are jubilant over the party's emphatic victory in Karnataka, the ruling Congress today conceded its defeat in what was billed as a precursor to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"In this context, the BJP's victory is unbelievable". The election in Jayanagar segment was countermanded in the wake of the demise of BJP candidate BN Vijaya Kumar on May 4. BSP supremo Mayawati is also believed to be in favour of a Congress-JD (S) alliance in Karnataka to keep the BJP out.
As per early trends, BJP is leading in 27 seats and has won 77.The Congress is leading in 32 seats and has won 46, while the JD (S) has won 23 and is leading in 14 seats. While Karnataka Assembly has 225 seats, voting takes place for 224 constituencies as one is a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community.
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In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested for the seats, which had 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
He claimed that the image of the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was "not good" because of the allegations of corruption. Days have come when people should not predict election results. There is a need for a scapegoat when a party loses election, and EVM tampering has been the go-to excuse for the losing party, which has, obviously led people to joke on twitter, if Congress party is going to blame the machines or Rahul Gandhi for their loss. "I am requesting the new Chief Minister - whoever he/ she is - to give justice to Marathi speaking people staying on the border of Maharashtra-Karnataka", he said. Siddaramaiah on Sunday sounded confident of Congress retaining power and added that this was his last election.