Karnataka Election Results 2018: "BJP's Victory in Karnataka Unbelievable", says NCP

Mohan prakash

The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) were the main contenders among other national, regional and fringe parties in the May 12 elections.

"If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results.

The Rajya Sabha MP added that instead of kingmaker, the JD (S) has emerged as the king, but it would be "unfortunate" if the single largest party (BJP) sits in opposition while a member of a smaller party becomes chief minister.

As per the official data by Election Commission, BJP has bagged 45 seats and is leading in 61, while Congress trails second with victory on 22 seats and a lead on 53 seats. Several exit polls have earlier predicted a hung Assembly with no major political party seem to be gaining a clear majority in the state. "BJP getting so many seats is something illogical", said Mr Patil.

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He claimed that the image of the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was "not good" because of the allegations of corruption. If insiders are to be believed, the Sonia-Gowda conversation was not easy given the fact that it was the Congress that had withdrawn support to the Gowda-led United Front Government within a year of coming power in 1997.

In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested for the seats, which had 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes. While the BJP is contesting in all 224 seats, the Congress put up candidates in 222 and the JDS in 201 seats.

Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said the Congress was well positioned in Karnataka and there was no anti-incumbency against the Siddaramaiah government. Uddhav pointed out that the BJP was losing bypolls but winning assembly elections.

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