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

Sharad Pawar NCP National Congress Party 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections

Sharad Pawar NCP National Congress Party 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday challenged the BJP to hold elections through ballot papers to clear doubts over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD (S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

"Therefore, people have doubts about the objective of EVMs and want to conduct election in a very transparent manner", he said.


In a tweet, the Karnataka BJP said specifically that voters repudiated the Grand Old Party's "corruption, nepotism, and dynasty politics" - that final barb an obvious reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has controlled the Congress for most of India's post-independence history. Among the candidates are four sitting and former chief ministers - the current CM Siddaramaiah, former BJP chief ministers BS Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar, and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy. "The BJP's reach in Karnataka was limited". The Ballot unit consists of the labels, as buttons that signify the parties contesting the elections, and whichever the individual prefers, he or she has to push that button. "The EC should think over this", he said.

The governor would find himself in a quandary if the Congress and the JD (S) join hands and establish that they have support of 116 MLAs, he said, describing the Congress's decision to back the latter as a "cunning move". The Karnataka election results 2018 are significant for the ruling Congress as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is hoping to make a comeback in this southern state. The elections in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru have been postponed earlier.

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