The Assembly elections in Karnataka have given hope to the dwindling fortunes of the Congress at the Centre. The Congress, already fire-fighting at various levels, has heaved a sigh of relief. “I am very happy with the victory in Karnataka. It was a joint effort,” a beaming Congress President Sonia Gandhi told reporters in Parliament. The smiles on the faces of Congress leaders were all around. Even though, the party is now sitting on a comfortable win, it faces the immediate major dilemma of selecting the next chief minister of the state. Where caste and political hierarchies matter, the going won’t be smooth for the party.
On 8 May, a beaming Sonia Gandhi told reporters in Parliament: “I am very happy with the victory in Karnataka. It was a joint effort.” The smiles were all around. Coming on a day when the Supreme Court censured the UPA government over the coal blocks allocation scam, the Karnataka outcome gave it the horse it needed to hitch its wagon to the next stop.
Download: Results of 223 constituencies
05:39 pm – Meanwhile, the Congress has crossed the finish line in Karnataka. With 20 seats left to declare, it now has 113 seats and leads in eight more. The JD(S) and BJP both have totals of 40 seats. There will be no kingmaker; the Congress will rule on its own. Who the CM will be is still unclear, as the candidates say the High Command will decide, while the High Command says the legislators will do so. It’s been a pleasure bringing the results to you. Thanks for reading. Read More>
Bangalore, May 8 (PTI): BJP today suffered a defeat in the Karnataka Assembly elections as Congress appeared to be well on its way to wresting power on its own after a gap of seven years.
Bangalore, May 8 (PTI): Making no bones about his ambition, Leader of Opposition Congress in the outgoing Assembly Siddaramaiah today declared himself as a “strong contender” for the chief minister’s post, as his party dethroned the BJP and was set to form the government. Read More>
New Delhi, May 8 (PTI): BJP today said it was “shocked, upset and unhappy” about the defeat in the Karnataka Assembly elections and conceded that B S Yeddyurappa’s exit was a factor in the rout.
“We will accept the defeat. The people have directed us to sit in the opposition,” JD(S) state President and Gowda’s son H D Kumaraswamy said.