Cong thumps back to victory in Karnataka; BJP routed

Cong thumps back to victory in Karnataka; BJP routed
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The BJP on Wednesday was booted out of power as it suffered a humiliating defeat in the Karnataka assembly...

The BJP on Wednesday was booted out of power as it suffered a humiliating defeat in the Karnataka assembly elections. The Congress rest assured will form the government in the state after a gap of seven years. The wins and trends are as follow: Cong 121 (Lead: 11, Wins:110),A JD(S)A 40 (L:6, W:34), BJP 40A (L:3, W:37)A , Others 12 (L:2,W:10), KJP 6 (L:2,W:4), BSR Cong 4 (W:4).
With 112 as the half-way mark, Congress comfortably garnered the required number of seats. There were apprehensions that the Congress would not be able to capture power on its own and would A have to seek a coalition with the Yeddyurappa led Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) but now all those speculations have been laid to rest. Congress winNow, the question prevails as to who will be the top contender from the Congress camp to take over as the chief minister of the state. There is an overwhelming supoort for the outgoing opposition leader Siddaramaiah, a sworn enemy of the Deve Gowda clan. His main rival, G Parameswara, KPCC chief, may have to bow out as he lost the elections. Other names doing the rounds include Union ministers Mallikarjuna Kharge and Veerappa Moily. Former chief minister S M Krishna has also indicated that he is in the race, but not manyA A are backing the 82-year-old leader. Hit by the exit of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the image of corruption during its tenure in the first government in the south, the saffron party has been reduced to two digits and is placed third. Riding the anti-incumbency wave, Congress wrested its old southern fort by putting up an impressive show scoring over 40 seats than the previous elections. The JD(S) has emerged as the principle opposition party. The fledgling Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) floated by Yeddyurappa, who achieved his immediate task of damaging BJP, won one seat and could establish leads in only eight seats. Yeddyurappa won from Shikaripura by over 15,000 votes. In the elections five years ago when BJP stormed to power for the first time in a southern state on its own, the party had won 110 seats against Congress' 80 and JD(S) 28. In the 224-member house, polling was held in 223 segments, with the one in Periyapatna in Mysore district put off to May 28 following the death of BJP candidate. Significantly, KJP has damaged the prospects of the BJP in many constituencies, eating into its votes.
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