BJP’s win in the Karnataka Assembly Election is considered as a grand entry to the south of India where BJP has been very weak as far as the power was concerned. This is another speculation of similar result in General Election 2019. Karnataka Assembly election had made Karnataka a boxing ring for several weeks now. The Congress win in this assembly would have been seen as the rise of the party president Rahul Gandhi as the true Gandhi. But the result turned out to take the other way and it had definitely added another star to the Modi collection of wins.
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On Saturday, the May 12, the polling was held in total of 222 constituencies out of 224 total seats in the state. The counting of votes started at 8:00 AM today by the election commission. The poll had predicted a tough fight between Congress, BJP as well as chances of hung assembly as the campaigning was dramatically intense with all the parties playing their best cards. But just after the first phase of counting ended, the results were pretty clear as the BJP’s celebratory rallies gained everyone’s attention. While the old historic ruler, Congress, still had the highest vote share of 37.8 percent at noon. The new King, BJP, was even then clearly winning the first spot with 104 seats, whereas Congress was leading on 56 seats and JD(S) at 39+ and others were at 02. Right after about 30 minutes past noon, BJP vote share had risen to 36 percent with 110 seats while congress had won 77 seats leading at 1 seat and JD(S) had marked victory on 37 seats while still leading at 1.
BJP – 104
Congress – 78
JDS+ – 38
Others – 2
Living in that moment of victory, BS Yeddyurappa, BJP chief ministerial candidate, told the reporters, “The people of the state have defeated Congress’s misrule” He further added, “Siddaramiah has lost from his own constituency of Chamundeshwari. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the people have rejected the Congress and accepted BJP,” Siddaramaiah, however, won Badami seat and was in news again for some good news achieved. Events reversed in a quick whirl wind when reports of Congress extending it’s hand of support towards JD(S) for forming a state government spread like a wild fire. It was right when the total strength of Congress (78) and JD(S) (38) summing up the total to 116 seats while BJP was yet to cross the margin of 114.
News18 also tweeted Kerala CM, Vijayan’s statement indicating the JD(S) and Congress tie-up, “#ElectionwithNews18- JD(S) and Congress can come together and form a govt. but we need to wait a while to see the final result: Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM”
Several reports also indicated that Congress has even readily offered the Chief Ministerial post to JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy. Reporting the news of showing equal support from the other end, ANI tweeted, “JD (S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be the CM. As per results, we’re doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5:30 pm today: Danish Ali, JD(S)”
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Reacting to Karnataka Election Result 2018, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, congratulated BJP (indirectly) through her tweet and suggested that the result could have been in Congress’ favour, had they decided to fight in alliance with JD(S).
Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 15, 2018
Even though it sounds a perfect entry move from both the parties, we cannot forget that it is a post-election-alliance and BJP still has the single party majority card. While Siddaramaiah has handed over his resignation, both BJP first and now congress and JD (S) leaders have gone to Raj Bhavan to meet the governor. It is yet to see how things turn out for both the parties as everyone set their eyes on the Raj Bhavan.