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Karnataka election results 2018: Congress tried to divide India in the name of north and south, says PM Modi

With the BJP falling short of majority in the Karnataka Assembly election results, the Congress has extended support to the JDS for government formation in the state. The JDS has confirmed Congress support and declared that HD Kumaraswamy will be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:40

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday addressed party workers at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi over Karnataka Assembly election results. While Amit Shah accused the Congress of resorting to all dirty tricks during Karnataka poll campaign, PM Modi alleged that the party tried to divide the country in the name of north and south.

Meanwhile, even before the final Karnataka Assembly election results could come in, political drama started in Bengaluru with the Congress extending support to the JDS for government formation in the state. Both BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy have met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, staking claim to form government in the state. Meanwhile, sources told Zee News that the Governor may first invite BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka and the oath taking ceremony is likely to take place on May 17.

Earlier, Yeddyurappa accused the Congress of not accepting the mandate and trying to grab power through the back door. Addressing mediapersons earlier, senior Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, claimed that both HD Kumaraswamy and HD Deve Gowda have agreed to the offer. The JDS has also confirmed the development. In the latest development, Siddaramaiah has resigned as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

With trends pouring in from all 222 seats, for which votes were counted in Karnataka Assembly elections, the BJP is currently short of half-way mark with leads on 104 seats. The Congress stands far behind with leads on 78 seats. The third major player – Janata Dal Secular, which was expected to emerge as the kingmaker, stands at the third position with leads on 38 seats. Even as the BJP emerged as the single largest party, sources earlier told Zee News that senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was in talks with the JDS for a possible alliance for government formation in Karnataka. Sources added that the Congress was considering naming HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister if the alliance was formalised.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah managed to win from Badami seat, but lost from Chamundeshwari. BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has won from Shikaripura seat by over 35,000 votes.

Counting of votes for 222 Assembly seats in Karnataka began at 8 am on Tuesday, with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) exhuming confidence of a victory.

Polling for the 222 seats took place on May 12 as fate of 2,655 candidates was locked in EVMs. Karnataka recorded a record voter turnout of 72.13 per cent – the highest since the 1952 Karnataka Assembly elections.

Karnataka witnessed a high-decibel campaign with big names like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi leading the battle for the BJP and the Congress respectively. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing a tough battle to ensure Congress returns to power. Even history is against him as no party has been able to win two consecutive Karnataka Assembly elections since the Janata Dal's victory in 1983 and 1985. Siddaramaiah on Sunday sounded confident of Congress retaining power and added that this was his last election. He contested from two seats - Chamundeshwari and Badami.

He had also ruled out that Congress was exploring a post-poll alliance with the former prime minister HD Deve Gowda-led JDS. The Congress has been facing a string of electoral routs over the last few years with the only exception being Punjab Assembly elections 2017 and apart a win in Karnataka will come as a shot in the arm for the Grand Old Party.

PM Modi, BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa and party national president Amit Shah had claimed that their party would secure a majority on its own in Karnataka Assembly. Yeddyurappa predicted that the BJP would win 130 seats and the Congress would be relegated to a distant second with just 70 while the JDS would bag 25 seats.

Exit polls had predicted a hung Assembly with almost all of them predicting a close contest between the ruling Congress and its main rival the BJP with JDS expected to play the role of a kingmaker if no party manages to secure a majority on its own. At present, the majority mark is 112 as results will be declared for only 222 seats.

As it happened:

16 May 2018, 10:40 AM

Sources tell Zee News that Congress party has booked 100 rooms in Eagleton resort in Bengaluru. This is the same resort that was used to keep Gujarat MLAs during Rajya Sabha elections.

16 May 2018, 10:27 AM

BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has said that a party delegation will meet Karnataka Governor immediately after legislature party meeting and stake claim to form the government. "During the legislature party meeting the leader will be elected. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately. We will claim to form the govt. Most probably we will ask the Governor to give us time tomorrow," said Yeddyurappa.

16 May 2018, 10:05 AM

16 May 2018, 09:47 AM

JDS leader Saravana says that the BJP is trying to approach party MLAs, exhuming confidence that the lawmakers are loyal to the party and would never support the saffron party. He says, "I don't know what they (BJP) are offering but they are trying to call our people, but they are not responding. We are all together, no one can touch our party. Our party MLAs are loyal to the party".

16 May 2018, 09:44 AM

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says, "JDS has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try whatever they want to."

16 May 2018, 09:43 AM

16 May 2018, 09:36 AM

Janata Dal Secular leader Danish Ali says, "JDS and Congress have the numbers. I hope, the Governor will discharge his constitutional duties and invite HD Kumaraswamy to talk. If BJP puts pressure on the Governor, it will be the death of democracy."

16 May 2018, 09:23 AM

"We believe in all our MLAs. BJP is trying hard to get them. They don't believe in democracy, BJP just wants power. All the people are happy, nobody is unhappy here," says Ramalinga Reddy of Congress.

16 May 2018, 09:22 AM

Caretaker chief minister Siddaramaiah has claimed that all Congress MLAs are intact and nobody is missing: "All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government".

16 May 2018, 09:20 AM

Congress leader DK Shivakumar has accused the BJP of trying to poach MLAs, adding that they have a plan to safeguard the lawmakers. Speaking to news agency ANI, "They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Everyday there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this. Definitely there is a plan. We have to safeguard our MLAs, We will let you know what is the plan."

16 May 2018, 09:15 AM

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says the Governor cannot take sides, adding that a person supposed to save Constitution cannot destroy it. He says, "The single largest party doesn't have the numbers. BJP has 104, we (Congress & JDS) have 117. Governor cannot take sides. Can a person who is there to save constitution, destroy it too? The Governor has to cut all its previous associations, be it BJP or RSS.


16 May 2018, 09:12 AM

Basavaraj Bommai of the BJP says the party has approached no individual. "Political scenario will unfold in next two to three days. It depends on development in political parties. As of now, we aren't approaching any individuals but politics is art of possibility," he said.

16 May 2018, 09:07 AM

Congress leader Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur has claimed that he was approached by the BJP and promised a ministry. He, however, added that he would remain part of the JDS-Congress alliance government. He said, "I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us and we'll give a ministry to you. We'll make you a minister. But, I'm going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our Chief Minister."

16 May 2018, 09:01 AM

BJP leader KS Eswarappa has claimed that the party is in touch with some MLAs of the Congress and the JDS. Speaking to mediapersons, he said, "Many Congress and JDS MLAs are upset over the parties joining hands. They will not respect the decision and join hands with the BJP."

16 May 2018, 08:54 AM

Union ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan were made observers for Karnataka by the BJP high commande on Tuesday. The legislative party meeting of the BJP is slated to be held at 11 am in Bengaluru, says news agency ANI.

16 May 2018, 08:52 AM

Election Commission on Tuesday night said that Jagadish Shettar of the BJP was declared winner in Hubli Dharwad constituency as paper slip count showed the same. Issuing a statement in this regard, the EC had said:

16 May 2018, 08:47 AM

Karnataka BJP leader KS Eswarappa says that there is no doubt that the party will form government in the state. Speaking to news agency ANI, he said, "There is no doubt we will form government, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day."

16 May 2018, 08:38 AM

Congress MLAs in Karnataka arrive at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bengaluru for party legislative board meeting.

16 May 2018, 08:17 AM

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah to conduct a meeting of newly elected Congress and Janata Dal Secular MLAs today.

15 May 2018, 23:26 PM

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka Assembly polls winning 104 seats, but falling short of a majority. The Congress bagged 78 seats and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) ended up with 37 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party, who was in alliance with the JD-S bagged one seat.

In a roller-coaster ride for BJP, it initially appeared that the party was set to return to power after a five-year hiatus with a resounding majority. But at the end of counting of votes, it came tantalisingly close to the numbers needed to form the government.

At least ten ministers fell by the wayside as they lost their seats in an anti-incumbency wave. The Election Commission announced that the Congress notched 38 percent of votes as against BJP's 36.2 percent. JD-S, headed by former PM HD Deve Gowda, got 18.4 percent votes.

15 May 2018, 22:29 PM

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:30 am in BJP legislative party meeting, I am going to be elected as party leader. After that, all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form govt. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides, says Yeddyurappa.

15 May 2018, 22:28 PM

Union Ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan made observers for Karnataka, legislative party meeting to be held at 11 am on Wednesday in Bengaluru.

15 May 2018, 20:27 PM

"A big thank you to all those who voted for the Congress in these elections. We appreciate your support and will fight for you. Thank you also to our workers and leaders for their dedication & untiring hard work in support of the party," tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

15 May 2018, 20:25 PM

Baiju Narajan of Janata Dal Secular says G Parameshwara of Congress will be the deputy chief minister of Karnataka.

15 May 2018, 20:10 PM

The way our workers have worked in Karnataka, I salute them, says PM Modi.

15 May 2018, 20:08 PM

I got so much love in Karnataka that language never became a barrier, says PM Modi.

15 May 2018, 20:07 PM

They tried to divide the country on the basis of south and north. Elections come and go, but constitutional institutions should not be targeted. The Congress has violated norms of Constitution and the federal structure of India, says PM Modi.

15 May 2018, 20:06 PM

The win in Karnataka is an exceptional victory. A perception was created that the BJP is the party of Hindi-speaking states, but neither is Gujarat Hindi speaking, nor are Maharashtra, Goa or the states in northeastern part of the country. This is a false perception created by those who spread lies, says PM Modi.

15 May 2018, 20:04 PM

All possible rescue efforts are being done in Varanasi flyover collapse incident. It is a matter of grief. I pay my condolences to those who have lost their loved ones, says PM Narendra Modi.

15 May 2018, 20:00 PM

We will win 2019 Lok Sabha elections also under the leadership of PM Modi and the BJP will bring a new India by 2022, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:56 PM

PM Modi interacted directly with voters in different parts of Karnataka, and that led to the BJP winning on 104 seats, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:55 PM

No matter what dirty tricks you use, when people decide to vote you out, they do so irrespective of all tricks, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:53 PM

The Congress used money and muscle power in Karnataka, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:52 PM

Congress took the support of bodies like PFI and used all possible dirty tricks during Karnataka elections, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:51 PM

Even the Chief Minister was defeated by a margin of over 35000 votes on one seat and managed to win on another seat by a small margin of over 1000 votes, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:50 PM

This is the 15th consecutive election wherein BJP has emerged victorious, says Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:49 PM

I want to thank people of Karnataka from my heart because they have fulfilled the mission to make Karnataka Congress-free, says BJP president Amit Shah.

15 May 2018, 19:47 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated at BJP headquarters by party president Amit Shah after the Karnataka assembly election results.

15 May 2018, 19:44 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters in New Delhi for parliamentary board meeting.

15 May 2018, 19:09 PM

15 May 2018, 19:06 PM

B Sriramulu of the BJP wins from Molkalmuru.

15 May 2018, 19:04 PM

BJP chief Amit Shah arrives at party headquarters in Delhi for parliamentary party meet over Karnataka Assembly election results.

15 May 2018, 18:59 PM

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other BJP leaders arrive at party headquarters in Delhi for parliamentary board meeting.

15 May 2018, 18:54 PM

15 May 2018, 18:48 PM

BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa lauds PM Narendra Modi's initiatives and party president Amit Shah's organisational skills for the verdict of the Karnataka Assembly elections. The former Karnataka chief minister tweeted, "I'm grateful to the people of K'taka for reposing faith in BJP and I'm indebted to the Karyarkartas & leaders who worked relentlessly to make BJP victorious. PM @narendramodi ji's initiatives & @AmitShah ji's organizational skills have played a significant role in our victory!"

15 May 2018, 18:43 PM

BJP president Amit Shah congratulates party workers in Karnataka and chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa for Karnataka Assembly election results, says the verdict reflects trust of people in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He tweets, "I congratulate each & every Karyakarta of @BJP4Karnataka unit and Shri B S Yeddyurappa ji for their relentless efforts. Like rest of the nation, the great land of Karnataka has shown their unwavering trust in PM @narendramodi’s clean, transparent and pro-development governance."

15 May 2018, 18:39 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks people of Karnataka for making BJP the single largest party in the state. He tweets, "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."

15 May 2018, 18:33 PM

BJP is not close to majority, and now it is making false claims to stake claim to form government in Karnataka. As per rules, a coalition, even if it's post-poll, has majority, the Governor has no option but to invite the coalition to form government, says Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

15 May 2018, 18:21 PM

At least seven to eight members of the Congress are miffed with the party over alliance with JDS, sources tell Zee News. They are against HD Kumaraswamy being the Chief Minister.

15 May 2018, 18:10 PM

The Governor is likely to first invite BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP to form government in Karnataka, and the swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on May 17, sources have told Zee News.