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Karnataka Election Results: All eyes now on Governor; both BJP, JDS stakes claim

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Karnataka Polls

Bengaluru, May 15: Results of crucial Karnataka Election are out and it failed to give a simple majority to the Bharatiya Janata Party. While the Congress extended support to third-placed JD(S). 

According to the Electiom Comission, the BJP bagged 104 seats, the Congress won elections on 77 seats and the JD(S) 38.

Now all eyes are on Governor Vajubhai Vala, who will have to decide whether to call the BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress alliance in the 224-member Assembly.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yedyurappa and Congress-supported Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy called on Vala and staked claim to form the government in the state.

Vote counting began at 8 a.m. at 38 centres in 30 districts where 72.36 percent of the 5.07 crore electorate polled across the state on Saturday.

In one of the most bitterly fought polls in recent times, the voting for 222 out of 224 constituencies took place on May 12. The assembly elections witnessed around 70 percent voter turnout.

Polling in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari Nagar segment has been postponed to May 28 over fake voter ID cards row and countermanded in the city’s Jayanagar seat following the demise of BJP contestant B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

Here are the vote tally (Source Election Commission)  : 

Vote Share

Karnataka
Result Status

Status Known For 222 out of 224 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Bahujan Samaj Party 1 0 1
Bharatiya Janata Party 101 03 104
Indian National Congress 78 0 78
Janata Dal (Secular) 37 0 37
Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party 1 0 1
Independent 1 0 1
Total 219 03 222

Updates:

G Parameshwara of Congress to be the Deputy CM

Congress & JD(S) have a clear majority, says Dinesh Gundu Rao

PM Modi thanks people of  Karnataka 

I thank my sisters & brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting BJP’s development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute stupendous work of BJP Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock & worked for the party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

It’s upto understanding of the Governor who he calls to form the government, Says Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap 

Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap stated it is upto the understanding of the Governor who he calls to form the government. It is upto him if he wants to call the single largest party or a coalition government.

Congress and JDS has 117, We need 111 to form the govt : Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress and JDS has 117, we need 111 to form the govt. Since we were in power, and we lost, we have given our support for JDS led govt. BJP has 104, we are ahead of them, said Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad

I have taken an appointment with Karnataka Governor for 5 pm, Says BS Yeddyurappa

Congress leader DK Shivakumar said ” I’m here with our independent MLA. The independent MLA Mr Nagesh and others MLAs are with us. We have the numbers. We want a secular govt in Karnataka”.

JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy seeks appointment from Governor of Karnataka

Siddaramaiah submits his resignation

JD(S) accepts Congress’s Offer 

JD(S) leader Danish Ali said ” JD(S) had always maintained that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. As per results, we’re doing everything to keep BJP out of power. Congress has extended its support, we have accepted it. We will jointly go to meet Governor after 5.30 pm today”.

Visuals from outside HD Deve Gowda’s residence in Bengaluru

Shortly we will be knowing the final figures, then we’ll decide the future plan, says Yeddyurappa 

BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa said Shortly we will be knowing the final figures, then we’ll decide the future plan. I don’t want to talk about Congress or JD(S).

Ghulam Nabi Azad says JD(S) has accepted their offer

We had a telephonic conversation with Deve Gowda ji & Kumaraswamy. They have accepted our offer. Hopefully, we will be together, asserted Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Congress offers support to JD(S)

Congress G. Parameshwara stated ” We accept the mandate of the people. We bow our heads to the verdict. We don’t have numbers to form govt. The Congress has offered to support JD(S) to form govt”.

BJP should try contesting with ballot papers: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray challenged the BJP to head into elections with ballot papers and not EVMs. All the apprehensions will go away:

Sangha Parivar cadres have helped us enormously, Says Ram Madhav, BJP

BJP to hold Parliamentary Board to meet

BJP Parliamentary Board to meet at 6 pm at party headquarters in the National Capital.

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? Says, Congress leader Mohan Prakash

Meanwhile, Sensex up by over 350 points, currently at 35928.35 as BJP ahead in Karnataka, Nifty at 10919.15.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah trailing from Chamundeshwari, JD(S) GT Deve Gowda leading.

A possibility of an alliance with JDS, Says Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress

No alliance With JDS, Says BJP Sadananda Gowda

Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar leading over JDS’s Narayana Gowda

BJP CM Candidate BS Yeddyurappa leading from Shikaripura 

BJP workers celebrate outside the party office in Bengaluru

Visuals from a counting centre in Hubali

Visuals from a strong room in Kalaburagi’s Afzalpur

Senior party leaders will decide on possibility of post-poll alliance with JDS, says CM Siddaramaiah’s Son 

Congress workers perform ‘Havan’ outside AICC office

JDS’s HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math

Visuals from (Maharani College) in Bengaluru

Security beefed up 

Around 11,000 police personnel, 1 Rapid Action Force (RAF) company and 20 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) companies have been deployed across Bengaluru.

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Bihar Assembly Polls : Separate queue for Covid patients at polling booths

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Patna, Sep 18 : The Election Commission of India (ECI) has has asked authorities to prepare a separate voters list for Corona-positive patients.

The decision was taken on Friday amid campaigning for the Bihar elections, expected to be held in October or November this year.

The idea is to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus, while allowing patients to exercise their right to vote.

As per the Commission’s strategy, there would be separate queues for Covid patients at polling stations.

The ECI has also made it mandatory for polling officers, presiding officers and polling agents of different political parties to be equipped with proper safety gear.

In another development, the ECI is expected to raise the limit for expenses which can be incurred by individual candidates on the election campaign.

An ECI officer said that different political parties have urged that the expenditure limit be raised to Rs 2 lakh owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The earlier limit was set at Rs 26 lakh.

The officer said that ECI may consult the law ministry on the issue.

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NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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New Delhi, Sept 14 : Rajya Sabha on Monday re-elected Janata Dal (United) parliamentarian Harivansh Narayan Singh as deputy chairman of the Upper House by voice vote.

Harivansh’s name was proposed by BJP president and party MP Jagat Prakash Nadda. Leader of the House Thavarchand Gehlot seconded it.

The opposition had fielded Manoj Jha, an RJD member.

Soon after the election, MPs from various political parties congratulated Harivansh.

In 2018, Harivansh had defeated Congress’ BK Hariprasad in the election to the post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated him for being re-elected.

The election was necessitated as Harivansh completed his term as a member of Rajya Sabha this year.

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Bihar Assembly Polls: Politicians vying to pass the baton to GenNext

In the ruling JD(U), too, there are many leaders trying to get their next generation into the electoral fray.

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Patna, Sep 12 : A political storm is brewing ahead of the assembly elections in Bihar. Crowds of ticket-seekers to contest the upcoming elections are gathering outside party offices as well as residences of many senior leaders.

Several political leaders are also switching loyalties to other parties to secure their political future.

However, many politicians are ready to pass on their political legacy to the next generation. It is not that such leaders are present in a lone party. Instead there are many leaders in all prominent parties in Bihar who are in the process of handing over their ‘political reins’ to their sons.

There are many leaders who are trying to carve the political career of their relatives by giving them election tickets. Even though such leaders are in all parties, the Congress leads the list of such leaders.

A Congress leader preferring anonymity said there are many senior leaders who are doing rounds of the party circles in Delhi to ‘set’ the political career of their sons. However, the party workers do not like it.

Sources say the party’s Bihar unit President Madan Mohan Jha is trying to get his son Madhav Jha an election ticket from Benipur. Senior party leader from Kahalgaon Sadanand Singh is planning to pass his political baton to his son Shubhanand Mukesh.

Congress leader Dr. Ashok Kumar is trying to field his son Atirek from Dalsinghsarai on the party’s election symbol while Garibdas wants to get a ticket from Bachwada seat to inherit the legacy of his late father and former Congress MLA Ramdev Rai.

Speaking to IANS, senior Congress leader and former MLA Narendra Kumar said, “If a leader wants to retire from politics and bring his next generation into it, there is no harm in it. After all the party will be robust only with the youth coming forward.”

However, he said that it should not so happen that a politician himself is an election ticket contender and also seeks ticket for his/her son or daughter from other areas as well.

It is not that such a situation is prevalent just in the Congress. In the BJP, too, many leaders are involved in the race to seek election ticket for their progeny. Union Minister Ashwini Choubey is believed to be trying for a ticket from Bhagalpur for his son Arijit Sashwat een as BJP MP Chhedi Paswan wants to field his son Ravi Paswan in this election.

Both Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, sons of RJD President Lalu Prasad, are expected to contest the upcoming elections. However, RJD sources say that party’s State President Jagdanand Singh is trying to get his son Sudhakar Singh a ticket from the Ramgarh assembly constituency.

In the ruling JD(U), too, there are many leaders trying to get their next generation into the electoral fray.

However, more or less all parties are full of politicians who are desirous of pushing their future generation in the political arena in this election, but it remains to be seen how many will succeed and who the voters will elect to power.

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