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



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

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


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.



‘Operation Shakti’ in the vanguard of Congress march to LS polls




New Delhi, Jan 21 : To understand what was at the core of Operation Shakti, IANS caught up with its centrifuge Praveen Chakravarty to understand what the Congress was attempting for the BJP had them on the run till recently.

As he says, “I was quite sanguine initially on this whole metamorphosis but when I saw the Congress President calling a worker by name and talking to him and the response that he was getting, I realised that the wisdom of the crowds could not be faulted, involve the people in everything which is the real offshoot of true democracy or peoplecracy.

“That is how 30,000 people were surveyed in Delhi to find out who should be Congress President for Delhi.

“In fact every candidate was selected in the three north and middle India states using this interface, including the Chief Ministers. The template being ‘Wisdom of the Crowds’, a seminal book by James Surowiecki, New Yorker business columnist with boundless erudition explores the simple idea of large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant and better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions and even predicting the future.

“Data is available, my experience and expertise as a political scientist helped and one found over a six month period that data is pure gold and that is what one needed to plug and play into.”

Apparently, the Congress President is an extraordinary believer in the objectivity of data and the primacy of this being the gold standard to crack the election code.

Chakravarty, a former Goldman Sachs Wall Street banker — who worked with Nandan Nilekani in the past in UIDAI and then in Manmohan Singh’s PMO — the Wharton-educated data scientist known as ‘Chucky’ says, “We have learned a lot from these state elections — what worked, what didn’t — and have started transposing this learning for the Lok Sabha elections.

“Plans are now afoot to craft our campaign accordingly, this is work in progress and it it will be done after collecting ground zero feedback from multiple locations.

“It will be ground up in terms of choice of candidate, mediums of communication, issues at hand, the whole ball of wax. All my output goes directly to the Congress President only. He then gives direction on the way forward.”

The battle of 2019 will be fought across 2,00,000 polling booths and the issues will vary from place to place.

For instance in the state elections, just to give a flavour, the Congress found that landless farmers and youth were livid over in DeMo in Bhopal. Upper caste wanted reservation somewhere else etc.

Chucky studied at BITS Pilani and worked with IBM in Japan and at Microsoft on Windows 95 and did his Masters from Wharton before plunging into the high jinks world of investment banking only to move back to India in 2005.

His belief is that there is no general election in India, it is a sum of parts as 29 states go to the polls at the same time.

As he added, “National election is a myth. Our approach is to attack each state differently for every state has myriad problems. Our incessant surveys and people inputs have shown us that Notebandi resulted in a scarcity of jobs, it transcended across class, gender, economic strata. It’s overnight announcement in that it became law as of midnight November 8, broke the back of the people in this country.”

The Congress is buoyant on its Gabbar Singh Tax stratagem which it claims has worked. They will take on an incumbent in Narendra Modi but a defiant Prime Minister whose people connect skills are unquestionable. Somewhere in this convoluted narrative, the Congress is expected to focus on the economy for it reckons that the economy is resembling a shipwreck.

At the vanguard of the Congress electioneering campaign will be “scarcity of jobs, pricing erosion for farmers, ever-lowering demand for MSMES, another casualty of ‘notebandi’, which will bring the focus back on the economy and how it is hurting people of all hues”.

Chucky also confirmed that another imperative was the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which worked consistently with the voter as the GOP tried to pinpoint areas of economic weakness which included the emasculation of the venerable institution.

The Congress morale is upbeat as if it has been given an adrenaline shot, winning helps and three states are like ‘sone pe suhaga’. New elements have been introduced in the Congress campaign, there is freshness in its approach in the main people connect.

The BJP won 62 out of 65 LS seats in the 2014 general elections in Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh. Empirical data from these state polls reveals that they have lost 50 of these if LS polls were to take place today. Of course, state polls, by polls and general hustings are fought on different issues.

In parallel with the general elections, three important states will go to the polls — Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and possibly Jammu and Kashmir.

Immediately after the national polls, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand will go to polls.

The Congress won 206 seats in the 2009 polls to romp home as the single largest party, but by December 2013, after various state polls, the total had been reduced to 106 if one was to collate assembly poll data.

So, if the Congress ended up with 44 in May 2014, it was no surprise, for the erosion was rapid and severe. Not a similar litmus test awaits the BJP besieged by incumbency.

(The first part of the story was carried on Sunday by IANS)

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Congress, opposition doing negative politics over EVMs sensing defeat in 2019 elections: BJP

His remarks came soon after a person named Syed Suja, who claimed that he was part of the team which designed EVMs in India.



New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Accusing the Congress and other opposition parties of indulging in ‘negative politics’ over the electreonic voting machines (EVMs), the BJP on Monday hit out at them, saying that sensing defeat in the coming elections, they have started spreading such rumours.

“There are a few powers behind the hacking, which has hacked the brain of Congress and Congress is working with that mindset,” Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here.

His remarks came soon after a person named Syed Suja, who claimed that he was part of the team which designed EVMs in India.

Defending the EVMs, Naqvi said the Election Commission (EC) has number of times asked the political parties to approach it and give evidence over the issue of hacking EVMs. “But they never approached the Commission,” Naqvi said.

“Before elections they (opposition) have started blaming EVMs as they have realised their defeat in the coming elections. They have realised the mood of the people and nation ahead of elections,” he said.

“Congress and a few of its friends are doing negative politics over EVMs,” he alleged.

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EC rejects claims of EVMs rigging in 2014, says its examining legal action



Election Commission

New Delhi, Jan 21 : The Election Commission on Monday firmly rejected claims by a US-based self-claimed cyber expert Syed Shuja that the 2014 elections were rigged, saying it was examining legal action over the “motivated slugfest”.

Soon after Shuja claimed that the 2014 elections were rigged, the Election Commission in statement said, “It has come to the notice of Election Commission that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by EC can be tampered with, has been organised in London.”

“Whereas, ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India,” it said.

The Commission said that it needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions.

“And there are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a Committee of eminent technical experts constituted way back in 2010,” it said.

“It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter,” the Commission added.


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