BJP surges in Karnataka, Congress stunned

BJP surges in Karnataka, Congress stunned

According to NDTV reports, the Congress was leading in 52 seats and the BJP in 47. Some seats in southern Karnataka will be taken by the JD (S).

In this situation, the BJP has two options.

Dr. Yathindra, says, "Senior party leaders will decide on this, but we are confident and hope to form Government on our own". It can also run the government if around 5 or 6 opposition MLAs abstain from voting at such a time.

"We will win with a majority", said BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia. Congress' votes were spread across all constituencies. None of the parties got the magic number of 21.

Talking to the newsmen on 13th May, he said that if people voted on the basis of performance, Congress will get majority. It has given 73-82 seats to Congress, 32-43 seats to JD (S) and 2-3 seats to others. And both these communities are already Yeddyudappa's vote bank. Congress will not cross 70 and JDS 24-25. There are 19 seats in coastal Karnataka and the BJP had performed badly in this region in 2013. The state recorded the highest voter turnout since the 1952 assembly elections, with 72 percent coming out to vote.

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The Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to stake a claim to form the government.

Exit poll results have predicted a hung assembly, indicating that all the cards are being held by HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal (Secular). It said that JD (S) will win 30-39 seats and others 2-4 seats. It also enjoys support from Muslim voters in the region.

Gowda is wary of his core voters shifting to the Congress Party if Siddharamaiah remains in power for too long. Some have said the Congress, led by its chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while some have given the single largest party tag to the BJP.

"I am ready to sacrifice Chief Minister's post for a Dalit", he was quoted as saying by a TV channel. Given that the Congress is keen to ensure that at least one big state remains part of its United Progressive Alliance, it is seen as agreeing to the demand as well. Notwithstanding media speculations however, the results should be out by 11 am Tuesday (today) and it should be pretty clear who will be in the driving seat in Karnataka. So far, it has had limited success in the South.

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