Karnataka Election Results LIVE: PM Narendra Modi hails BJP’s win, says Congress wanted North-South divide

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Bengaluru | Updated: May 15, 2018 8:25 PM

Karnataka election results 2018 LIVE Updates: In a major twist in Karnataka election results 2018, Congress offered support to JD(S) to form the government after the BJP, which was emerging as the single largest party, appeared to be falling short of the majority.

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Karnataka election results 2018 LIVE Updates: In a major twist in Karnataka election results 2018, Congress offered support to JD(S) to form the government after the BJP, which was emerging as the single largest party, appeared to be falling short of the majority. In a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, Kumaraswamy, whose party was a distant third after the BJP and Congress, sought an appointment for this evening. “This is to submit to your good self that I have accepted the support extended by the Indian National Congress (I) party for forming the Government. In this regard, I seek your appointment today evening between 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm,” Kumaraswamy said in a letter. However, BJP CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa said that his party will form the government for sure. Meanwhile, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramiah handed over his resignation to the governor.

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Here are Karnataka election results 2018 LIVE Updates:

8:20 PM: People weren’t allowed to file nominations. It isn’t only BJP people who suffered. People from all the leading parties except the one that rules Bengal suffered. This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal has to see such sights, it is unfortunate: PM Modi

8:16 PM: They say BJP is a party of Hindi speaking states. Are Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra states in North East Hindi speaking states? No, BJP represents India. There was no barrier between people of Karnataka & me. I’ll always cherish the affection I received from them: PM Narendra Modi.

8:12 PM: PM Modi said that language was never a barrier in Karnataka. Congress wanted North-South divide.

8:09 PM: Meanwhile, Baiju Narajan, Janata Dal (Secular) said: “G Parameshwara of Congress to be the Deputy CM.”

8:06 PM: I am happy about Karnataka’s victory but on the other hand, I am saddened by the loss of lives in Varanasi. I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased & assure that the government will do whatever it can to support these families: PM Narendra Modi

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8:01 PM: PM Narendra Modi addresses at BJP Headquarters after the Karnatake elections.

7:55 PM: “This is the 15th election. BJP has already won the last 14 elections. This is the 15th consecutive election where BJP is going to win,” says Amit Shah in Delhi.

7:49 PM: Amit Shah addresses BJP cadres at HQ.

7:44 PM: PM Modi to address party workers at BJP Headquarters, Delhi.

7:08 PM: BJP President Amit Shah arrives for Parliamentary Board meeting at BJP headquarters.

6:36 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his tweet, has thanked the people of Karnataka for supporting Bharatiya Janata Party’s development agenda. “I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP’s development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute the stupendous work of @BJP4Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party,” he tweeted.

6:33 PM: Things stand at an interesting point now. Both, the Congress and JD(S) have submitted letters to the Governor. The Congress, in its letter, has said it is supporting the government led by the JD(S). The JD(S) in its letter has said that it has the support of the Congress party MLAs.

6:13 PM: Constitutional expert S Kashyap says ‘Entirely up to Guv to appoint anyone he thinks proper. He’s expected to be guided by his assessment of who is likely to command majority support in the House.’ Watch here:

6:10 PM: Kumaraswamy said that all the senior leaders of the All India Congress discussed the matter and came to the conclusion to form the government with JD(S). “We along with the Congress party leaders want to form the government and will be informing the governor,” he added. Kumaraswamy said that he has no idea why  Yeddyurappa has asked for two days of time.

6:07 PM: The joint statement is being issued by former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramiah and JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy. Siddaramiah said that his complete support is to JD(S) to form the government. He added that rest of the details will be discussed with senior JD(S) leaders but the government will be led by JD(S).

6:03 PM: JD(S) and Congress are having a joint press conference outside the Raj Bhavan. Congress said that they have told the governor that we have the majority to form the government and have provided unconditional support to JD(S).

6:00 PM: Another major news coming. The Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary Board will meet at 7 pm at party headquarters in Delhi today. As of now BJP has won 91 seats and is leading on another 13 seats which would take its overall tally to 104.

5:53 PM: JD(S) will have a legislative party meeting at 6:15 pm today in Bengaluru. Some major decisions can be taken in that meet. “JD(S) & Congress have enough numbers to form the government. BJP cannot form the government without the numbers,” Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said.

5:48 PM: Since no party has got the majority in Karnataka election results 2018, we are facing an interesting scenario. On one hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party has finished as the largest single party and on the other hand, Congress and JD(S) have joined hands to form the government. The big question is – who will be the chief minister?

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5:40 PM: BS Yeddyurappa has met with the governor. “Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly,” he said. Meanwhile, HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and other Congress MLAs went inside the Raj Bhawan.

5:16 PM: “After betrayal of mandate in Bihar 10 months ago @RJDforIndia is & was single largest party but not called by governor to form govt. I waited &sat on dharna at Governer house’s gate for hours with our MLAs till 2AM but didn’t get time to meet. Let’s see what happens in Karnataka,” tweets Tejashwi Yadav.

5:08 PM: BS Yeddyurappa has reached the governor’s house. “Congress & JDS has 117, we need 111 to form the govt. Since we were in power, and we lost, we have given our support for JDS led govt. BJP has 104, we are ahead of them,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

4:57 PM: Another twist! BS Yeddyurappa has taken an appointment of 5 PM with the governor. “I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5 pm. We should be forming the govt as we are the single largest party,” he said.

4:39 PM: In Kudachi, BJPs P Rajeev is the winner. In 2013, BJPs P Rajeev was the winner with a margin of 46234 votes against Congress’ G Shama Bhima.

4:38 PM: “I’m here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA Mr Nagesh & others MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a secular govt in Karnataka,” Congress leader DK Shivakumar said.

4:25 PM: JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy has written a letter to the governor of Karnataka seeking an appointment this evening. In this letter, he wrote that JD(S) have accepted Congress’s support to form the Government.

4:11 PM: BS Yeddyurappa said that he will be in touch with BJP chief Amit Shah and get back to media. Siddaramaiah submits his resignation to the Governor of Karnataka

4:10 PM: Yeddyurappa thanked the people of Karnataka and BJP workers. He said that people have rejected Congress but it is still trying to come back to power through back channel talks. Asked about BJP’s next decision, he said that he will speak to the high command and will inform about the party decision.

4:08 PM: He added that Congress is doing back channel talks which he condemns. He added that BJP has got a mandate for a Karnataka as it has emerged as single largest party. Anti-Congress wave has even given votes to JD(S).

4:06 PM: BJP CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa says that six and a half crore people from Karnataka have supported BJP and I thank them. Congress have lost all its support in the state.

4:03 PM: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramiah has reached the governor’s house. Meanwhile, BJP is holding a press conference from the party headquarters:

3:50 PM: As of now, BJP has won on 75 seats and is leading on another 29 seats which would take its overall tally to 104. Congress has won 43 seats and is leading on another 35. JD(S), on the other hand, has won 18 seats.

3:40 PM: “JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be 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 said.

3:39 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party is also taking measures to turn the result in its favour. JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar are going to Bengaluru today. Meanwhile, a Congress delegation led by G Parameshwara, who had gone to the Governor’s House, did not get entry and was turned back.

3:33 PM: Bold statement coming from JDS MLC Saravana. “Wait & watch, the cup will be ours,” he said. JD(S) is leading on 39 seats while Congress is ahead on 76.

3:16 PM:  BJP President Amit Shah directs Prakash Javadekar, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan to rush to Bengaluru.

3:08 PM: “We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress.

3:06 PM: Siddaramaiah addressed the media and said that they have accepted people’s mandate and the party will extend support to JD(S) to form the next government.

2:45 PM: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath congratulated the people of Karnataka and said: “The win in Karnataka is dedicated to all party workers.”

2:38 PM: Here is how the vote share has been so far across Karnataka.

2:29 PM: Shiv Sena Chief, Uddhav Thackeray said: “Just one time, I want BJP to head into elections with ballot papers & not EVMs. All the apprehensions will go away.”

2:15 PM: Can there be a twist in the tale? Congress has reached out to JD(S) and has reportedly offered the chief minister’s post to Kumaraswamy. This development took after Sonia Gandhi talked to Deve Gowda.

2:02 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party has already won on 30 seats while Congress has won just 4:

1:52 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister candidate BS Yeddyurappa has won from Shikaripura seat by 35,397 votes in Karnataka elections 2018. Yathindra Siddaramaiah wins by over 50,000 votes from Varuna constituency. The younger son of current Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah made his political debut in the 2018 elections.

1:42 PM: Karnataka Minister KJ George says that it might be a setback for the party but it will find out the cause behind it. “Many Congress people have won the election, you cannot write-off the Congress. It is, maybe, a set back for Congress, we will find out what is the cause of the setback,” he said.

1:34 PM: As per the official data by Election Commission, BJP has won 17 seats and is leading on 89 seats. Congress has won 3 seats and is leading on 71 seats.

1:31 PM: In a major setback for Congress, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramiah has lost from Chamundeshwari seat by around 34,000 votes. However, he is leading from Badami seat by 2000 votes.

1:23 PM: In Shiggaon, BJPs Basavaraj Bommai is leading. Congress’ Khadri Sayed Azimpeer Sayed Kaderbasha is in second position. In 2013, BJPs Basavaraj Bommai was the winner with a margin of votes against Congress’ Khadri Sayed Azimpeer Sayed Kaderbasha.

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1:21 PM: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said that BJP will also win 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Congress is now opposing for the sake of it. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, we will certainly win,” he said.

1:17 PM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also congratulated BJP workers and gave credit of the win to PM Modi and Amit Shah. “I also congratulate the hardworking BJP karyakartas, who worked tirelessly to ensure this unprecedented victory in Karnataka. I also thank the people of the state on giving a decisive mandate to us. BJP’s massive victory in Karnataka assembly poll is a testimony to our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visionary and astute leadership and the organisational abilities and acumen of our party president Shri @AmitShah . Congratulations to both of them on this historic win,” he said.

1:07 PM: In Hubli-Dharwad-East, Congress’ Abbayya Prasad is leading. BJPs Chandrashekhar Gokak is in second position. In 2013, Congress’ Abbayya Prasad was the winner with a margin of 13522 votes against BJPs Veerabhadrappa Halaharavi.

12:57 PM: Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has mocked Rahul Gandhi for the loss. “This is the third straight defeat of Rahul Gandhi since he became President. He declared himself the PM candidate. Now if all opposition wants to unite toh hamare liye bhi ye theek hai,ki desh ki jitni gandagi hai vo ek saath hate,” Rathore said.

12:47 PM: The Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary Board is set to meet at 6 pm at party headquarters in Delhi today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present.

12:41 PM: Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav has dedicated the win to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. “I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for this mandate. Also, credit goes to the hard work of PM Modi and Amit Shah ji, as well as state leadership, party workers and RSS cadre. BJP’s southward march has begun,” he said.

12:37 PM: BJP candidate Ashok Naik wins in Shimoga Rural. He defeated incumbent JD(S) nominee Sharada Puryanaik from here. The Congress had fielded Dr. Sreenivas Kariyanna. The seat was bagged by BJP in 2008.

12:35 PM: HD Revanna won by 92,713 votes from Holenarasipur assembly. He defeated Congress’ Manjegowda B.P who got 25573 votes. H D Revanna is a former minister and son of former Prime Minister H D Devegowda. He had won the Holenarasipur assembly seat in 1994.

12:32 PM: This is how Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy reacted when asked about Congress raising questions on EVMs:

12:18 PM: As per the official Election Commission website, BJP has won on seats. Stay tuned for more Karnataka election results live updates constituency wise.

12:16 PM: BJP’s S.Kumara Bangarappa is leading with 14272 votes against his brother Madhu Bangarappa of the JD(S) who has 8691 votes. S Kumar Bangarappa and his younger brother S Madhu Bangarappa, sons of the former Chief Minister S. Bangarappaare are facing each other in Sorab constituency.

Here is what BJP posted:

12:15 PM: Somashekhar Reddy is leading in Bellary City constituency. Trends show that in the Central Karnataka region, the BJP is ahead on 25 seats and Congress on 10.  In Mangaluru North constituency, BJP candidate Bharath Shetty is leading by 28,949 votes after 14 rounds.

12:12 PM: In Basavana Bagevadi, JD(S) Somanagouda B Patil is leading. Congress’ Shivanand Patil is in second position. In 2013, Congress’ Shivanand Patil was the winner with a margin of 19676 votes against BJPs BS Kallappa.

Karnataka election results live at 12:03 PM: In Hirekerur, BJPs Ujaneshwara Banakar is leading. Congress’ Basavanagouda Patil is in the second position. In 2013, Ujaneshwara Banakar was the winner with a margin of 2606 votes against Congress’ BC Patil.

11:59 AM: As of now, the Bharatiya Janata Party is leading on 111 seats while Congress is ahead on 72. JDS is leading on 38. In Ranibennur, Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party’s R Shankar is leading. Congress’ Krishnappa Koliwad is in second position. BJPs Basavaraj is in third position. In 2013, Congress’ Krishnappa Koliwad was the winner with a margin of 6788 votes against Pragnyavantha Janatha Party’s R Shankar.

11:54 AM: In Kagwad, Congress’ Shrimant Balasaheb Patil is leading. BJPs B Alagouda Kage is in second position. In 2013, BJPs B Alagouda Kage was the winner with a margin of 2887 votes against Congress’ Shrimant Balasaheb Patil.

Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has congratulated the winners:

11:50 AM: Interestingly, Congress has a higher vote share than BJP. Also, almost 1% people chose NOTA. Here is the Karnataka election vote share as per EC:

INC – 37.9%, 6389977
BJP – 37.0%, 6236313
JD(S) – 17.7%, 2986089
IND – 3.9%, 660475
BPJP – 0.4%, 60805
BSP – 0.3%, 56787
AIMEP – 0.3%, 47420
KPJP – 0.3%, 46125
CPM – 0.2%, 42090

NOTA – 0.9%,145443

11:47 AM: Union minister Prakash Javadekar belives that people have chosen BJP because they want good governance. “People of Karnataka want good governance, that is why they have chosen BJP. This is a big victory for the party. Congress is losing state after state & we are winning state after state,” Javadekar said.

11:45 AM: Siddaramaiah is trailing by 17000 votes in Chamundeshwari. “People have rejected Siddaramaiah. He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk,” GT Devegowda, JD(S) candidate who is leading over Siddaramaiah said.

11:42 AM: Ramesh Srivats has a cheeky take on Karnataka election results:

11:40 AM: South Karnataka election results LIVE –

In South Karnataka, which is considered as JD(S) stronghold, HD Kumaraswamy-led party has virtually swept the region after leading in as many as 28 seats out of 55 seats. Congress has got a face-saver as it is ahead in 17 constituencies. BJP has managed to lead in 10 seats so far.

11:37 AM: BJP’s R Ashoka wins Padmanabhanagar constituency while Congress’ R V Deshpande triumphs in Haliyal. In Raichur Rural, Congress’ Basanagouda Daddal is leading. BJPs Tipparaju Hawaldar is in second position. In 2013, BJPs Thipparaju was the winner with a margin of 3270 votes against Congress’ Raja Rayappa Naik.

11:35 AM: Karnataka Minister DK Shivkumar 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.

11:02 AM: BJP’s R Ashoka maintains a massive lead in Padmanabhanagar. The former deputy Chief Minister leads by 22,426 votes. Sunil Biliya Naik of BJP leading in Bhatkal. Naik was pitted against Congress’ Manklal Vaidya. The seat falls in general category. It is a part of Uttara Kannada district. In 2013 and 2008 polls, Congress had won from here.

10:55 AM: The Chattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that this is a historic win for the Bharatiya Janata Party. “This is a historic win for BJP. I want to thank all the people of Karnataka for voting for us. Ab desh mein Congress khojo abhiyan chalega, kahaan rahegi pata nahi,” Singh said.

10:40 AM: The Election Commission has provided data for 195 seats out of which BJP is leading on 102 seats. Interestingly, Congress is trailing on 120 of the 170 seats that Rahul Gandhi campaigned on.

10:32 AM: Tirthahalli constituency election result LIVE –

BJP candidate Araga Jnanendra wins. He was pitted against Kimmane Rathnakar of Congress and RM Manjunatha Gowda of JD(S). The seat was bagged by Congress in 2013 and 2008.

10:22 AM: It is turning out to be a tough day for CM Siddaramaiah. He is trailing from Chamundeshwari by over 12,000 votes, JD(S) GT Deve Gowda leading. Siddaramaiah is leading in Badami by over 160 votes. Reactions have started to come in on Twitter:

10:20 AM: Congress veteran KB Koliwad is leading in Ranebennur. Koliwad had won in 2013 Assembly Elections from Ranebennur by defeating independent candidate R. Shankar by 6,000 votes.

10:18 AM: Here is the first result – Congress’ UT Abdul Khader declared winner from Mangalore constituency. Meanwhile, BJP has crossed the 112 mark.

10:15 AM: BJP’s D Vedavyasa Kamath leads in Mangalore City South constituency. He is pitted against JR Lobo of Congress and Sunil Kumar Bajal of CPI(M). Rathnakar Suvarna is the JD(S) candidate from the constituency. In 2013, the seat was bagged by the Congress.

10:13 AM: Former Deputy CM R Ashoka leads in Padmanabanagar. BJP’s star candidate leads over JD (S) MRV Prasad by 9760 votes after fourth round of counting. In 2013 Assembly elections, R Ashoka had won by 53,680 votes.


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