Karnataka Election Results, 2018 LIVE Updates: Reacting to BJP's good performance in Karnataka Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today thanked party chief Amit Shah and other party workers for the saffron party's "victory" in the state.
Heaping praise on BJP chief Amit Shah, PM Modi said that if one wants to know how an ideal party worker functions, he does not need to look anywhere else other than the BJP president. The prime minister also accused Congress of hurting Indian Constitution for petty political gains.
Earlier in the day, in their bid to stop BJP from forming a government in Karnataka, JD(S) accepted Congress' proposal for alliance with Deve Gowda's son Kumaraswamy as the the chief minister of the proposed alliance government. The JD(S) and Congress have approached the Governor with a letter of support to put forward their demand to form a government in the state.
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The Governor of Karnataka is likely to invite the BJP to form a government in the state as it has emerged as the single largest party. Meanwhile, top BJP leaders have rushed to the poll-bound state to handle the political turmoil, that was already predicted by pollsters.
In a dramatic twist, the Congress today offered support to JD(S) to form the government after the BJP, which was emerging as the single largest party, appeared to be falling short of majority.
The counting of votes for 222 of the 224 Assembly seats is being carried out across at 58,546 polling stations at nearly 38 counting centres. Polling for R R Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.
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Here are the LIVE updates on Karnataka Assembly Election Results:
07:56 am: JDS sources says after JDSLP meeting all 38 MLA's will be sent to resort in Kochi in Kerala.
07:53 am: According to sources, Congress has zeroed in on KPCC President Dr G Parmeshwar as the deputy CM of the alliance.
11:15 pm: The party has made up mind to shift them to a Kerala resort if the Governor invites BJP to form the government, according to sources
11:10 pm: JD(S) asks its MLAs to reach Le Meridian Hotel in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning to elect Kumaraswamy as the leader of the legislature party.
10:41 pm: Karnataka assembly results have brought down Muslim representation in the Assembly and this should be a cause of concern for every political party which believes in diversity & pluralism, says Asaduddin Owaisi
09:48 pm: JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy has reached Ashoka Hotel for meeting senior Congress leaders including Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and Mallikarjun Kharge in Bengaluru
09:46 pm: Tomorrow 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: BS Yeddyurappa
09:34 pm: HD Deve Gowda reaches Ashoka Hotel for meeting with senior Congress leaders in Bengaluru.
08:22 pm: Rahul Gandhi thanks those who voted for Congress in Karnataka elections. He also thanks party workers and leaders for their hard work.
A big thank you to all those who voted for the Congress in these elections. We appreciate your support and will fight for you.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 15, 2018
Thank you also to our workers and leaders for their dedication & untiring hard work in support of the party.
08:16 pm: PM Modi concludes his spech.
08:15 pm: I congratulate people of Karnataka, Amit Shah and BJP workers for victory in the state. I want to thank BJP Karyakartas. They have worked so hard in the elections. Our national president worked so hard. If one wants to know how an ideal Karyakarta works, one does not need to look anywhere else, look at our National President: PM Modi
08:14 pm: Nobody expected Congress to hurt Constitution merely for political gains, says PM Modi
08:13 pm: People were disallowed to file nominations also. It is not only BJP people who suffered. People from all the leading parties except the one that rules Bengal suffered. This is serious. A land as great as West Bengal has to see such sights, it is unfortunate
08:12 pm: There is one more thing I want to talk about...the scenes from the Panchayat Elections in West Bengal. It was nothing but a murder of democracy. From the nomination stage to the day of polling, where was the spirit of democracy? People were bullied: PM Modi
08:11 pm: There was no barrier between people of Karnataka and me. I'll always cherish the affection I received from them: PM Modi
08: 10 pm: People who created this twisted perception have been given answer by the people of Karnataka today: PM Modi
08:05 pm: Are Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, the Northeastern states Hindi speaking states? No, BJP represents India and our proud diversity: PM Modi
08:04 pm: The BJP was deliberately branded a party of Hindi-speaking states but we have won elections in many non-Hindi states: PM Modi
08:03 pm: Karnataka victory in unprecedented, says PM Modi
08:02 pm: PM Modi expresses grief over Varanasi flyover collapse.
08:01 pm: The BJP is winning elections because of quality work, says PM Modi.
07:55 pm: BJP's seats increasesd from 40 to 104 in Karnataka. We'll win 2019 elections with a bigger margin: Amit Shah
07:52 pm: Modi govt changed meaning of democracy, says Amit Shah
07:50 pm: This is the 15th consecutive election that the BJP is going to win. BJP has already won the last 14 elections: Amit Shah
07:45 pm: People of Karnataka made state "Congress-free", says Amit Shah.
07:40 pm: PM Modi arrives at BJP headquarters.
07:05 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah arrives at party headquarters for Parliamentary Board meeting
Delhi: Sushma Swaraj arrives for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting at BJP headquarters pic.twitter.com/7JYZ598zEM— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
06:44 pm: "Congress has given unconditional support to JD(S). JD(S) will form government with the help of Congress. Have informed the governor about our decision. The governor has asked us to wait for other claims. I don’t know why the BJP has asked for two days," says Kumaraswamy after meeting Governor
06:41 pm: 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 Karnataka BJP Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party.
06:05 pm: According to sources, if Governor grants time to BJP to prove majority, the Congress will migrate its MLAs to Punjab or Andhra Pradesh to seek their loyalty.
06:01 pm: Congress likely to take its MLAs to a hotel/resort in Punjab or Andhra Pradesh to secure their loyalty: Sources
05:56 pm: BJP Parliamentary Board to meet at 7 pm at party headquarters in Delhi today
05:53 pm: JD(S) & Congress have enough numbers to form the government. BJP cannot form the government without the numbers: M Veerappa Moily, Congress
05:51 pm: Around 15 Lingayat MLAs from Congress and JD(S) have threatened to quit parties as they have refused to accept Kumaraswamy as CM, say sources.
05:50 pm: JD(S) party meeting called at 6:15 pm in Bengaluru.
Karnataka: HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, DK Shivakumar and other Congress MLAs went inside the Raj Bhawan pic.twitter.com/Mgyxsk4SOO— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
05:32 pm: Lingayat MLAs threaten Congress to leave party. They have refused to accept Kumaraswamy as CM.
05:30 pm: Just now we met Governor because we are single largest party, and that he allows us to prove majority in the Assembly: BS Yeddyurappa
05:24 pm: It is upto the understanding of the Governor who he calls to form the government. It is upto him if he wants to call the single largest party or a coalition government: Subhash Kashyap, Constitutional expert
05:23 pm: BJP single largest party, should be invited to prove majority: BS Yeddyurappa told Governor of Karnataka
05:18 pm: Yeddyurappa meets Governor. Stakes claim to form government in state.
05:06 pm: Yeddyurappa reaches Raj Bhawan to meet Governor, Kumaraswamy on his way to meet the Governor
05:06 pm: Congress & JDS has 117, we need 111 to form the govt. Since we were in power, and we lost, we have given our support for JDS led govt. BJP has 104, we are ahead of them : Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
05:00 pm: The fractured mandate has led to a political drama in Karnataka. While JD(S) has joined hands with Congress, Governor may invited BJP to form government for being single largest party.
04:49 pm: Congress hands over letter of support to JD(S).
04:31 pm: Against JD(S)' demand of 14 ministries, Congress has agreed to offer 12 ministerial posts, according to sources.
JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy seeks appointment from the Governor of #Karnataka this evening, writes we have accepted Congress's support to form the Government. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/epuCqf4m17— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
04:27 pm: Kumaraswamy seeks appointment from the Governor, writes we have accepted Congress' support.
04:13 pm: Siddaramaiah submits his resignation to the Governor of Karnataka.
04:08 pm: Despite being rejected Congress is trying to grab power: BS Yeddyurappa
04:06 pm: The people have rejected the Congress and accepted BJP. People are moving towards Congress mukt Karnataka: BS Yeddyurappa
04:02 pm: A Congress delegation led by G Parameshwara, who had gone to the Governor's House, did not get entry, turned back.
04:01 pm: BJP leader R Ashok reaches to H D Devegowda residence
04:00 pm: People's mandate is clear that JD(S) should be in the government. Congress has offered the CM post to HD Kumaraswamy and we have accepted it: JD(S) spokesperson Tanveer Ahmed
03:57 pm: BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa declines to comment on Congress offer of support to JD(S) to form government.
03:50 pm: Siddaramaiah leaves for Raj Bhawan to meet the Governor. Will reportedly hand over his resignation as Karnataka CM.
03:42 pm: JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. As per results, we're doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 pm today: Danish Ali, JD(S)
03:39 pm: Congress' G Parmeshwar says he couldn't meet Governor.
03:31 pm: Congress claims support of one Independent candidate Nagesh
Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar arrived at the residence of BJP President Amit Shah. pic.twitter.com/dWOlhtyole— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
03:21 pm: BJP's J P Nadda, Dhamrendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar leave for Karnataka to handle the situation.
03:19 pm: Yeddyurappa has asked Governor for his time, reportedly to put forth his demand to form government in the state.
03:15 pm: According to sources, JD(S) has accepted Congress' alliance offer, and said that will take oath on May 18.
03:05 pm: According to India TV sources, Kumaraswamy is in talks with H D Deve Gowda over Congress' proposal of alliance.
03:03 pm: Congress says it has offered the CM post to Kumaraswamy, and will approach the Governor today with the letter of support.
02:58 pm: We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji & Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
02:53 pm: We accept the mandate of the people. We bow our heads to the verdict. We don’t have numbers to form govt. The Congress has offered to support JD(S) to form govt: G. Parameshwara, Congress
02:47 pm: CM Siddaramaiah to meet the Governor of Karnataka at 4 pm today, reports news agency ANI.
02:43 pm: The win in Karnataka is dedicated to all party workers. I also congratulate the people of Karnataka: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
02:41 pm: According to sources, Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad and JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda may approach the Governor in the evening today with their proposal to form a government in the state.
02:33 pm: According to sources, Congress is in talks with H D Deve Gowda for an allaince with the JD(S)
02:32 pm: Just one time, I want BJP to head into elections with ballot papers & not EVMs. All the apprehensions will go away: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena Chief
02:23 pm: A meeting of top Congress leaders is currently underway at CM Siddaramaiah's residence, where alliance talks with JD(S) are under consideration. The two parties may approach the Governor with their demand to form a government in the state.
02:10 pm: According to India TV sources, Congress is in alliance talks with JD(S). Likely to offer CM seat to Kumaraswamy.
02:06 pm: Siddaramaiah garners 61,000 votes to win Badami seat.
01:52 pm: BJP CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa wins from Shikaripura seat by 35,397 votes
01:49 pm: In the outgoing assembly, the Congress had 122 seats, BJP and JDS 40 each, and smaller parties and independents 22.
01:44 pm: (222/222) BJP - 108 seats, Congress - 72 seats, JD(S)+ - 40 seats
#KarnatakaVerdict— Raj Thackeray (@RajThackeray) May 15, 2018
It’s a victory for the ‘Electronic Voting Machine’ !
01:25 pm: Siddaramaiah loses from Chamundeshwari seat by over 34,000 votes
01:19 pm: Official EC trends: BJP now leading on 106 seats, Congress 76, JD(S)+ 38 , Others 02
01:07 pm: This is the third straight defeat of Rahul Gandhi since he became President. He declared himself the PM candidate. Now if all opposition wants to unite toh hamare liye bhi ye theek hai,ki desh ki jitni gandagi hai vo ek saath hate: Rajyavardhan Rathore
01:02 pm: (222/222) Trends show BJP leading on 109 seats, Congress leading on 71 seats, JDS+ on 40 seats and Others on 2 seats.
12:33 pm: (222/222) BJP - 109, Congress - 73, JD(S)+ - 38, Others - 2
12:19 pm: (222/222) BJP leads on 112 seats, Congress on 70 seats and JDS+ on 38 seats
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11:55 am: BJP fighting to stay ahead on 112 seats, JDS lead chipping away -party ahead on only 39 seats
11:53 am: (222/222) BJP falls short of magic mark of 112, leading on 111 seats, Congress ahead on 69 seats, JDS+ on 40 seats and Others on 2 seats
11:49 am: Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different, tweets West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
11:43 am: (222/222) Leads suggest BJP ahead on 113 seats, Congress ahead on 67 seats, JDS+ on 40 seats and Others on 2 seats
11:42 am: People of Karnataka want good governance, that is why they have chosen BJP. This is a big victory for the party. Congress is losing state after state & we are winning state after state: Prakash Javadekar, BJP Karnataka in-charge.
11:31 am: Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates BJP on the likely win in Karnataka.
11:29 am: BJP's CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa to meet PM Modi and Amit Shah in New Delhi today
11:26 am: (222/222) Trends show BJP ahead on 112 seats, Congress ahead on 68 seats, JDS+ on 40 seats and Others on 2 seats
11:13 am: Amit Shah will hold a press conference ay 3 pm on BJP's victory in Karnataka.
11:12 am: PM Modi likely to visit BJP head office on the party's likely victory in Karnataka.
11:11 am: (222/222) Trends show BJP leading on 115 seats, Congress leading on 63 seats, JDS+ ahead on 42 seats, Others on 2
11:10 am: Official EC trends: BJP now leading on 110 seats, Congress 56, JD(S)+ 39 , Others 02
10:54 am: (222/222) BJP now leads on 121 seats, Congress on 57, JDS+ on 42 and Others on 2 seats
10:44 am: (222/222) BJP - 115, Congress - 61, JDS+ - 44, Others - 2
10:42 am: (222/222) BJP leading on 116 seats, Congress ahead on 60 seats, JD(S)+ on 44 seats
10:40 am: (222/222) Trends show BJP leading on 115 seats, Congress on 61 seats, JDS+ on 44 seats, Others on 2
10:32 am: Official EC figures: BJP takes lead on 101 seats, Congress 46, JD(S) 38, Others 03
10:24 am: (222/222) BJP - 115, Congress - 63, JDS+ - 42, Others - 2
10:23 am: Deve Gowda's son Revanna wins Holenarsipur
10:22 am: CM Siddaramaiah now leads from Badami seat
10:20 am: Official Election Commission Trends: BJP takes lead on 95 seats, Congress ahead on 46, JD(S) on 37, Others 03
10:19 am: (222/222) BJP ahead on 112 seats, BJP on 66 seats, JDS+ on 42 seats, Others on 2 seats
10:13 am: (222/222) BJP - 110, Congress - 68, JDS+ - 42, Others - 2
10:09 am: (222/222) BJP - 110, Congress - 65, JDS+ - 45, Others - 2
10:04 am: (220/222) BJP ahead on 110 seats, Congress ahead on 60 seats, JDS+ on 48 seats, Others on 2 seats
09:59 am: Official EC trends: BJP leading on 85 seats, Congress on 47, JD(S) ahead on 35 seats, Others 02
09:52 am: Correct position will be known at 11-11.30 am. I am going to discuss it (possibility of alliance with JDS) with Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot: Mallikarjun Kharge,Congress
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09:51 am: What the trends show may vary largely from the actual results. However,a clear picture of the results is expected in the next one hour.
09:49 am: (215/222) BJp leads on 107 seats, Congress on 63 seats and JD(S)+ on 43 seats
09:37 am: Official EC figures: BJP leading on 73 seats, Congress on 40, JD(S) ahead on 25 seats, Others 03
09:34 am: BJP CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa leading from Shikaripura seat by 3420 votes over Congress's GB Malatesh
09:33 am: Official EC trends: BJP leading on 58 seats,Congress leading on 27 seats, JDS on 24 and others on 3 seats
09:33 am: (215/222) BJP ahead on 105 seats, Congress comes down to 69 seats, JD(S) comes up with lead on 40 seats.
09:25 am: (215/222) BJP - 103, Congress - 82 seats, JDS - 30
These are initial trends,we hope Congress will form the Govt in Karnataka and are confident of it, but yes all options(allying with JDS) are open: Ashok Gehlot,Congress #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/McnUbVSoPJ— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
09:16 am: (215/222) BJP ahead on 98 seats, Congress ahead on 88 seats, JDS+ on 29 seats.
09:10 am: Congress' Ashok Gehlot says Congress is in talks with JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda for an alliance.
09:09 am: Official EC trends show BJP leading on 22 seats,Congress leading on 13 seats, JDS on 3 and others on 1
09:04 am: Yeddyurappa leading from Shikaripura seat.
09:03 am: (215/222) BJP - 98, Congress - 91, JDS+ - 26
09:02 am: (211/222) BJP ahead on 96 seats, Cong on 90 seats and JDS+ on 25 seats
08:58 am: (211/222) BJP ahead on 94 seats, Cong on 92 seats, JDS+ on 25 seats
08:57 am: Siddarmaiah trailing on both seats, lagging by 6,000 votes from Chamundeshwari and 8,000 votes from Badami
08:53 am: BJP's Sriramulu ahead of CM Siddaramaiah from Badami seat
08:49 am: Official Election Commission trends show BJP ahead on 4 seats and Congress on 2 seats
08:47 am: (207/222) BJP ahead on 94 seats, Cong on 89 seats and JDS+ on 24 seats
08:41 am: (189/222) BJP ahead on 85 seats, Cong on 82 seats, JDS+ on 22 seats
08:41 am: (163/222) BJP ahead on 71 seats, Cong on 72 seats and JDS+ on 20 seats