Karnataka election final results 2018 LIVE: BJP has won two seats and is leading on 111 out of 224 seats, as per the Election Commission
Karnataka election results 2018 Highlights: BJP is set to win 104 seats out of 222 that went to polls on May 12, as per the Election Commission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last-minute efforts seem to have paid off for the BJP. The saffron party looks set to win. The counting for Karnataka assembly elections started today. In a big surprise, early trends came as a shocker for chief minister Siddaramiah as he found himself trailing in both constituencies – Badami, Chamundeshwari. Around an hour after the start of the counting process, Siddaramaiah was still reported trailing votes in both seats. The BJP, as the exit polls suggested, was leading in around 105 seats. In the first hour of counting, the official Election Commission data show BJP leading in 24 constituencies and Congress leading in 13 seats. The JD(S) was leading in six seats.
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PTI reports – Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy today wrote to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala informing him about his decision to accept the Congress’ support to form the government. In a dramatic twist, the Congress today 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 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, copy of which was released to the media.
Yeddyurappa reacts: “The people have rejected the Congress and accepted BJP. People are moving towards Congress mukt Karnataka. Despite being rejected Congress is trying to grab power. I thank the people of Karnataka for giving this mandate to the Bhartiya Janata Party. Congress is trying to come to power through back door, people will not tolerate this. We will decide the future course of action after consulting leadership.”
A Congress delegation led by G Parameshwara, who had gone to the Governor’s House, did not get entry, turned back, reports ANI.
Karnataka election results reactions: “Shortly we will be knowing the final figures, then we’ll decide the future plan. I don’t want to talk about Congress or JD(S),” says Yeddyurappa. “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,” says Danish Ali, JD(S.
“We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji & Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together,” says Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress.
G. Parameshwara of Congress speaks: “We accept the mandate of the people. We bow our heads to the verdict. We don’t have numbers to form govt. The Congress has offered to support JD(S) to form government.”
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Congress party has reportedly approached the JD(S) with the offer of CM seat to HD Kumaraswamy. Earlier on Sunday, state CM Siddaramaiah had hinted he was ready to give up the CM seat claim. But Siddaramaiah had said he would do so for a Dalit leader. Will JD(S) accept Congress offer? This remains to be seen. As of now, BJP has won 36 seats and leading on 70 seats (Total 106). Congress has won 9 and leading on 65; JD(S) has won four and leading on 35 seats.
Actor P Saikumar loses in Bagepalli.
Karnataka election reaction – West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the Congress would have done much better in the Karnataka Assembly election if it had allied with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). Banerjee did not name the BJP but congratulated the “winners”.
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
Karnataka election reactions – “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,” says Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.
Ram Madhav: “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…The Sangha Parivar cadres have helped us enormously. In certain regions, like coastal Karnataka, Parivar has helped us a lot.”
Subramanian Swamy breaks into laughter when asked Congress may raise EVM issue after a loss.
In the early round of counting, BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura. Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power. Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday. The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.
Congress concedes defeat. BJP is on course to return to power in Karnataka as its candidates have crossed the half-way mark in vote count. The BJP has stunned and ousted the ruling Congress, leaving the JD-S at the third spot. As soon as the good news started trickling in, noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday. In 2013, BJP had won just 40 of 224 seats.
Reactions – “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,” Prakash Javadekar tells ANI.
“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,” says DK Shivkumar, Karnataka Minister
As per Election Commission, BJP is leading now on 110 seats; Congress on 65 and JD(S) on 38 seats. In the first two hours of counting, BJP looked on course to emerge as the winner in the Karnataka Assembly as it led in 102 constituencies. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was trailing by over 11,000 votes in Chamundeshwari, and leading by a slender margin of around 200 votes in Badami. The ruling Congress was ahead in 53 seats, while the JD(S) of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda in 37, reports PTI
Modi magic! BJP is leading in 112 of 150 seats Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned ahead of May 12 elections in the state. During the campaign, Modi’s rallies had attracted huge crowd. The trends show Modi’s popularity is intact in the state, while there are several issues Congress still need to address to get itself back into the game.