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Karnataka Results: BJP spent lot of money on ‘Operation Kamala’ but Rahul’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ helped: Siddaramaiah

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 May 2023, 13:58 IST

As Congress strides forward with leads in more than 120 seats in the Karnataka Assembly polls, Congress veteran leader Siddaramaiah stated that the people of the state are fed up with the BJP government and desire a change, emphasizing that it's a significant victory for the Grand Old Party.

Siddaramaiah criticized the BJP, highlighting that despite investing a substantial amount of money in 'Operation Kamala', they failed to secure victory in the state.

He also praised the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, noting that it played a role in connecting the people of the country and motivating party workers.

"It is a big victory for the Congress party. The people of Karnataka wanted a change because they were fed up with the BJP government. The BJP spent a lot of money on 'Operation Kamala'. Rahul ji's Padyatra also played a significant role in inspiring the party cadre," Siddaramaiah stated, as quoted by ANI.

According to early trends, the Grand Old Party is leading with 125 seats (as of 1:32 pm) and is expected to form a majority government in Karnataka. The minimum requirement to form a majority government is 113 seats. Meanwhile, the BJP is leading in 60 seats (as of 1:32 pm), and the JDS is leading in 21 seats, according to the Election Commission of India.

Earlier in the day, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that it was his defeat in the state elections as he sought votes by putting himself forward.

CM Baghel also expressed that the Karnataka Assembly Elections' outcome aligns with his party's expectations. "The election result is as per our expectations. PM sought votes by keeping himself in the front. So, this is Modi's defeat..," he said.

Taking a dig at the BJP over the Bajrang Bali issue raised during the state election, CM Baghel asserted that everyone now knows where Bajrang Bali stands and how his strength confronted corruption. He stated, "You can see with whom Bajrang Bali stands. Bajrang Bali's 'gada' hit corruption on its head, and BJP was done."

With the anticipation of victory, Congress workers have already begun celebrating at the party's headquarters in Delhi.

As Congress surged ahead in the leads, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai conceded defeat and expressed confidence in the BJP's victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Bommai mentioned that a detailed analysis would be conducted to examine the gaps that existed at various levels once the final results are out.

"We have not been able to make the mark. Once the results are announced, we will conduct a detailed analysis. As a national party, we will not only analyze but also identify the deficiencies and gaps that existed at various levels. We take this result in our stride," stated Basavaraj Bommai.

The fiercely contested election, characterized by high-pitched campaigns from the political parties, holds significant importance for both the BJP and the Congress.

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First published: 13 May 2023, 13:50 IST