Bharatiya Janata Party leaders showed confidence of forming government in Karnataka. The Karnataka elections threw up a fractured mandate, and BJP, despite being in pole position with 104 seats, saw the Janata Dal (S) with 38 and Congress with 78 come together to stake claim.
Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said the party will definitely form the government in Karnataka. He asked the 1600-odd booths to resolve on Sunday that in 2019, "we will not only win both seats (Lok Sabha) but when the next State Assembly elections are held, then the NDA will win more than 35 out of 40 seats and the BJP flag is kept flying high".
"My congratulations to B S Yeddyurappa and the people of Karnataka".
The party was slightly down after the two by-poll defeats in Uttar Pradesh.
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"The wave of hope created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now been transformed into a wave of faith and the people have expressed it through their mandate", he told PTI.
With a good number of Telegu people residing in neighbouring Karnataka, a call from Naidu asking them to shun BJP during the state elections could be one of the reasons for the party losing some seats that could have otherwise given them the required majority, feel many political analysts focusing on the area. "It is the dream of Shah to win on 35 seats". Lifting the morale of the party was crucial for the BJP and Shah oversaw that entire process.
In today's Karnataka Assembly election results of 46 constituencies where there are more than 50,000 Telugu voters in each, the outcome was a sweet revenge.
He alleged that the BJP will try to convince the Congress and the JDS MLAs by flexing its money power to form the government as it has a past record of forming governments through "evil means".