Karnataka Verdict 2018
Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef 28 May 2018
Karnataka has staged a very dramatic election of all time in the history of Indian politics. Swearing in and out of Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister for, the coalition of Congress and the JDS thus forming the majority, floor test to prove the majority, protest over governor’s decision, HD Kumaraswamy becoming the CM etc. were some of the major events occurred after the announcement of Karnataka assembly election results 2018.
While Bharatiya Janata Party has managed to emerge as the single largest party, Janata Dal-Secular's HD Kumaraswamy, after all, emerged as the 'king' and not 'kingmaker'. In a swift turn of events, the Congress, which had flown its senior leaders Ashok Gehlot and Ghulam Nabi Azad for negotiations, had to announce their decision to unconditionally support the JD(S). Here are some of the twists and turns in the Karnataka election results.
With trends showing the BJP leading in over 100 seats, senior Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Ghulam Nabi Azad were involved in frenetic negotiations and finally managed to seal a deal with the JD(S). After Azad announced Congress’s support to JDS(S), and the latter reciprocated. “Both Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy have agreed to this arrangement. Hopefully, we will be together,” Azad had told the media in Bengaluru. While Azad said the party has spoken to the JD(S) leadership, TV channels reported that the call was made by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Siddaramaiah wins one of two seats
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has lost in Chamundeshwari constituency in Old Mysuru, conceding the seat to JD (S) rival GT Deve Gowda. He, however, won Badami in north Karnataka defeating BJP’s B Sreeramulu, a Lok Sabha MP and close aide of the controversial Reddy brothers.
Yeddyurappa wins Shikaripura
BJP CM candidate B S Yeddyurappa wins Shikaripura seat by a margin of over 35,000 votes. Yeddyurappa was confident that he will return as CM and had even announced a date for his swearing-in: May 17. He twice traveled the length and breadth of Karnataka in the months preceding the elections to drum up support for the BJP — including a 75-day Parivartan Yatra from November 2017 to January 2018. He was, however, pushed to the sidelined when Modi launched his campaign blitzkrieg on May 1.
Celebrations halted at BJP offices
Hundreds of BJP activists celebrated across Karnataka as the BJP appeared set to dethrone the Congress in the state. The celebrations have, however, been halted as Congress announced support to the JD(S) and the latter reciprocated.
BJP ruled out alliance with JD(S)
BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance with the JD(S) as his party was headed towards a clear majority. Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi in this regard. BJP has received a fair margin in Lingayat dominated seats, in an assertion that Siddaramaiah’s recommendation to grant the community religious minority tag may not have benefited the Congress.
PM Modi was BJP’s star campaigner
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held 21 mega rallies for the BJP – six more than the 15 originally planned. Even though the BJP couldn’t form the government, hike in the number of seats that it has acquired this election is associated with the campaigns and the rallies carried out by the party under Modi’s leadership. After the PM’s arrival in the state as the star attraction on May 1, the party’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa played second fiddle.
In 2013, the Congress had won 122 seats. The BJP and the JD(S) got 40 seats each, while Yeddyurappa’s then Karnataka Jantha Paksha got six seats and B Sriramulu’s Badavara Shramikara Raitara Congress Party bagged four. The trend of no government winning a second term in Karnataka since 1985 seems to be intact. In 1985, the Janata Dal under Ramakrishna Hegde had retained power.
By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C
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