After the power packed campaigning done by the political parties in Karnataka, the polling held on Saturday and counting of votes for the Karnataka elections started today from 8AM. All the parties left no stone unturned to woo the voters. And Karnataka became a battle ground mainly for BJP (Bhartiya Janta party) and Indian National Congress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his best to make a ‘Congress Free Bharat’, which somewhere worked.
Exit polls predicted a tight contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). From the past 5 years Congress ruled the state. And to win over Congress this time, BJP has projected BS Yeddyurappa for chief minister’s position as they want control over the south region as well. On the other side, for Congress, Chief Minister Siddaramiah was hoping for a second straight win in the top post.
While the first hour of counting saw postal ballots being counted and trends from past clearly showed a tight fight between the Congress and BJP. As the EVMs were opened, the BJP took lead. The BJP has now crossed the halfway marks in lead and is heading towards at least 125 seats. The party is leading with 112 seats and Congress is ahead on over 70 seats. JD(S), which is leading on by 38 seats, might end up playing an important role in forming the government. Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has already gived a hint stating as the possibility of an alliance with JD(S). On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sadananda Gowda said that the party will cross 112 seats. “There is no question of alliance (with JDS) as we are already crossing 112 seats,” he said.
Karnataka Minister DK Shivkumar also said that he won’t blame Rahul Gandhi for the loss. “Rahul Gandhi did his best, but it is we who have lost the elections. We, the local leadership, should have en-cashed it in a proper way & because of which we lost it,” he said.
Also, polling in Rajarajeshwarinagar assembly constituency was postponed to May 28 after a conformation of 10000 fake voter-ids was recovered. Polling in Jayanagar constituency was also postponed due to the death of a candidate of a national party.
Moreover, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted and congratulated “the winners” of the elections. And also said buckle your belt and don’t let any alliance formation of government.
The joy and celebration of BJP winning the battle has already started at the Karnataka office. The party is ruling in almost every part of India, and congress is losing their rein which is quite obvious as Bharat is thriving towards “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas”.