‘Will come back in LS polls’: BJP’s Karnataka CM concedes defeat

Basavaraj Bommai with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. [Photo: Twitter@narendramodi]

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has conceded defeat in the Assembly elections even as the final announcement of the election results was awaited on Saturday.

He said that the BJP will comeback in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Indo-Asian News Service reported.

“We will come back in Lok Sabha elections,” Bommai told reporters.

Speaking to reporters at Haveri, he said, “We have not been able to make the mark in the elections in spite of a lot of efforts put up by everybody right from our Prime Minister to workers. Congress was able to make the mark. We will sit for analysis once the results are announced. As a national political party, we will analyse and identify the gaps and deficiencies and improve upon them.”

“We take this result in our stride and reorganise the party and we will comeback in the Lok Sabha elections,” CM Bommai stated.

Pertinently, in early trends as ballots for the Karnataka assembly elections are being counted, the Congress has passed the halfway point and is well ahead of the incumbent BJP.

To establish the government in the 224-seat Karnataka assembly, a party needs to win 113 seats. Today will determine the electoral futures of many prominent figures, including JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai of the BJP, Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar of the Congress, and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai of the BJP.

At 36 locations throughout the state, the counting of votes started at 8 am. A hung Assembly in the state was predicted by the majority of exit polls, which also gave the Congress an advantage over the BJP, which was in power. The JD(S) anticipates a hung jury, which would give it the opportunity to influence the formation of the administration.

As votes were being counted, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was spotted at a shrine in Shimla. At the Hanuman temple in Shimla’s Jakhu, Priyanka Gandhi was “praying for the peace and prosperity of the country and Karnataka,” according to Congress leaders.

The Congress office in Delhi saw fireworks and laddoos were distributed outside Delhi and Bengaluru officers to celebrate the early trends.

Sweets were also distributed outside the office of state Congress chief DK Shivakumar. Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah was seen giving a thumbs up as the party led in 114 constituencies, while the BJP was leading in 73 seats, as per the latest Election Commission (EC) trends of counting of votes.

Party workers danced and performs dance form Bhangra as dhol played outside Congress headquarters in Delhi.

Congress leaders were seen distributing and eating laddoos. A Congress leader was also seen dressed as lord Hanuman outside the party’s Delhi office.

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