With trends suggesting a comfortable win for the Congress Party in Karnataka, BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said his party's poll debacle in the state was not surprising.
"Election results are always a lesson for all political parties. This is not at all
surprising," Naqvi said.
"We will discuss everything once all the results are announced. We will correct our mistakes for the future," he added.
He further said that victory in a particular state does not mean that the electorate of India has given the Congress a mandate to rule.
As per the latest trends, Congress is leading in 119 of the 223 seats up for grabs, while the ruling BJP is leading in 35.
Janata Dal-Secular candidates were leading in 41, while the Karnataka Janatha Paksha, which is led by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, is leading in 10 seats.
Counting of votes for the Karnataka assembly elections, which witnessed a 70.23% voter turnout on May 5, began this morning at 8am amidst tight security.
The results of the vote count will decide who will occupy each of the 223 seats up for grabs in the state assembly.
All district administrations have made necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth counting of votes, as most of the final results of which are expected around noon today. The final tally will be announced this evening.
In each of the counting centres, 14 tables have been arranged to count votes cast in each constituency. It will be managed by counting officials, supervisors, assistants and micro observers.
Elections in Periyapatna has been postponed till May 28 following the death of BJP candidate.
In the 2008 elections, BJP secured 110 seats, three short of majority and formed the government with the help of five independents who were made ministers. Congress bagged 80 seats and JD-S 28. The overall voter turnout then was 64.91%.
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