K'taka polls: BJP confident of forming government in Karnataka

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders showed confidence of forming government in Karnataka. While local leaders did not always attack Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his ministers, Shah was unsparing in his criticism, including remarks like "Siddaramaiah government is not AHINDA (Kannada acronym for minorities, backward classes and Dalits) but Ahindu (anti-Hindu)". The Karnataka elections threw up a fractured mandate, and BJP, despite being in pole position with 104 seats, saw the Janata Dal (S) with 38 and Congress with 78 come together to stake claim.

The former parliamentarian cited the example of Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya Assembly elections when the BJP had secured less seats compared to the Congress and the governors of the three states had asked the BJP to form the government. "Mr Shah's election management team will operate from the place", a senior BJP leader indicated. Shah, who had prepared the party's groundwork for the elections much earlier, has addressed 59 public meeting and held 25 roadshows. They assumed it would be another case of Uttar Pradesh wherein the BJP made a clean sweep.

Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. "See what can happen in Karnataka in a day".

The voting pattern in regions dominated by Telugu people, like Hyderabad Karnataka, Bengaluru City, Bellary, Raichur, Chickballapur and Kolar seems to suggest the trend.

The BJP now has 14 seats in the Assembly and they have formed the government in alliance with GFP, MGP and Independents who have three MLAs each.

In today's Karnataka Assembly election results of 46 constituencies where there are more than 50,000 Telugu voters in each, the outcome was a sweet revenge.

"Had it been a Siddaramaiah versus Yeddyurappa contest, the former and the Congress would have won easily".

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