Watch: BJP leaders hail victory, Congress disappointed in Karnataka election
Now that it is clear that the Congress will fall short of majority in Karnataka, the BJP has already taken to streets in full rigor while celebrating its win.
The counting of votes began on Tuesday morning for the recently concluded Karnataka elections and as per latest official trend, BJP leads in 113 constituencies while Congress in 67. JD(S) ahead in 40 seats.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was on Tuesday trailing in both the constituencies where he contested, officials said.
The Congress leader, who had contested successfully from Chamundeshwari constituency in the 2013 Assembly elections, was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular by over 13,000 votes, Election Commission officials said.
While BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa leads in Shikaripura by over 9,000 votes.
Also, party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Tuesday that an alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular or JDS was possible. He said he will discuss the possibility of an alliance with HD Deve Gowda's party with the high command.
Several party leaders and ministers took to Twitter to congratulate and express their views on the Karnataka election results while some conveyed delight others took no chance to lash out.
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— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 15, 2018
Rahul Gandhi did his best, but it is we who have lost the elections. We, the local leadership, should have en-cashed it in a proper way & because of which we lost it: DK Shivkumar, Karnataka Minister on #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/mTUCbrfO0V— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/ifgr278QRe— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
I am saying it from day 1, there is no political party in India which has not raised questions on EVMs, even BJP has done it in the past. Now when all parties are doubting EVMs then what problem does BJP have in conducting polls through ballot?: Mohan Prakash,Congress pic.twitter.com/t70xtsaHoX— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
People have rejected Siddaramaiah. He lost because of his attitude, because of attacking everyone & because of his loose talk: GT Devegowda, JD(S) candidate who is leading over Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari by 17000 votes. pic.twitter.com/6Sw82tiBgs— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018