The JD(S) won two seats and was ahead in 39 others.
Kumaraswamy, whose party has not only retained its base but has also eaten into the ruling BJP votes, said, " .. we will surely sit in the Opposition and will safeguard the interests of people."
"We will accept the defeat. The people have directed us to sit in the Opposition," he said.
Kumaraswamy angrily rejected suggestions that the JDS had an "internal understanding" with the BJP.
"... where have we supported the BJP? ... where we have entered into understanding with BJP?"
"That's why I am telling it's the victory for media. Not Congress. Media only influenced the people", he said, showing annoyance with a section of media, for repeatedly projecting that the Congress would emerge victorious in the elections.