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Top highlights on Karnataka assembly election 2023, from campaigns to CM race | HT's Coverage

Here is Hindustan Times' entire coverage of the Karnataka Assembly Election 2023, from the results to the oath-taking ceremony of the new chief minister.
Congress emerged as the single largest party after securing 135 seats out of 224.
Congress emerged as the single largest party after securing 135 seats out of 224.

The Congress party emerged as a clear winner in the May 10 Karnataka Assembly Election after results showed that it won a whooping 135 seats in the 224-house assembly - a clear majority - with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing 66 seats, while regional party, the Janata Dal (Secular), managed to get 19 seats....Read More

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Soon after the election result, a tussle began to brew within the Congress, as senior leaders Siddaramaiah - a former CM and leader of opposition - and DK Shivakumar, the president of the party's state unit, staked claim to the top elected post of the CM.

Nearly four days of hectic parleys later, Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge arrived at the decision to hand Siddaramaiah the CM post once again and make DK Shivakumar his sole deputy, even as other CM aspirants threw themselves in the ring.

The incoming chief minister Siddaramaiah and deputy CM DK Shivakumar will be taking their oaths at Bengaluru's Kanteerava stadium today at 12:30pm. Watch out for HT's coverage on the Karnataka Assembly Election, the results, the fight for the CM post and now the finale - the swearing-in ceremony.

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May 20, 2023 2:54 PM IST

5 crucial factors that hurt the BJP, helped Cong script win

The Congress dealt a humiliating defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka, after which outgoing CM Bommai said the saffron party will do a detailed analysis. Here are five reasons that contributed to the BJP’s defeat.

May 20, 2023 2:47 PM IST

Congress gets majority in Karnataka on back of well-crafted campaign

The Congress has won the Karnataka assembly polls on the back of a well-crafted campaign, which began over a year ago. The campaign involved large events, catchy slogans such as “40% sarkara” focussed on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s government alleged corruption and putting up a united front despite having more than one claimant for the chief minister’s post. Read more

May 20, 2023 2:33 PM IST

When DK Shivakumar said he'd love to work under ‘CM’ Mallikarjun Kharge

A month before the Karnataka election, state Congress president DK Shivakumar in a press meet said he would love to work under Mallikarjun Kharge if Kharge became the chief minister. DK Shivakumar's trust in Mallikarjun Kharge as the CM rather than Siddaramaiah is again in discussion after the latter has been named as the 24th CM of Karnataka. Read more

May 20, 2023 1:51 PM IST

'Congress win in Karnataka elections sent message across country': Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav

On Congress party's win in Karnataka Assembly elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav said that if the Opposition works with a united front, they can win over the Bharatiya Janata Party. Read more

May 20, 2023 1:18 PM IST

After Karnataka rout, BJP leaders in huddle for a review

After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a rout in the Karnataka assembly polls, senior party leaders said they have begun to hold meetings to identify reasons for the defeat, even as different factions of the state leadership listed a number of factors -- from BS Yediyurappa’s removal as chief minister in 2021 to a failure to read the mood on the ground to poor choice of candidates. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:59 PM IST

Key Opposition meet likely after Karnataka government formation

All eyes are on the proposed meeting of at least 12 major opposition parties to be held in Patna soon to give shape to a larger opposition front to take on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:47 PM IST

This Kannada news portal predicted Congress' big win two months ago

The Congress's resounding victory with 135 seats in Karnataka may have exceeded the expectations of many, but for a small Kannada web portal Eedina (, the election results came as no surprise. Remarkably, this web portal had accurately predicted the outcome well in advance, during the last week of April itself. Check what they had predicted here.

May 20, 2023 12:31 PM IST

At 53%, Bengaluru sees low voter count this election

Popularly known for its urban voter apathy, Bengaluru recorded 52% turnout on an average, according to the latest data of the Election Commission of India (ECI). Read here

May 20, 2023 12:30 PM IST

BJP, Congress present confident front ahead of election results

As the people vote, leaders of three major parties in Karnataka presented a confident front claiming they would win the elections comfortably. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:27 PM IST

Karnataka assembly polls sees voter turnout of 72.67 per cent

Karnataka recorded a voter turnout of 72.67 per cent in the Assembly elections, which is slightly above the previous polls in 2018. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:26 PM IST

Will win with comfortable majority, says CM Bommai on Karnataka exit poll

Soon after voting ended on Wednesday at 6 pm in a single phase in Karnataka, exit poll results from various surveys showed the Congress party edging ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and predicted it may even gain a majority of its own in the 224-member assembly. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:24 PM IST

EC rejects Cong's charge that EVMs used in Karnataka were earlier deployed in South Africa

The Election Commission (EC) rejected the Congress's claim on Thursday that the electronic voting machines used in the May 10 Karnataka Assembly polls were previously deployed in South Africa and asked the party to "publicly expose" the sources that spread such false information. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:22 PM IST

Never said we will win 150 seats: Bommai

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that he never claimed the party would win 150 seats in the assembly elections. He, however, claimed that the party will win with a majority, rejecting the exit poll predictions that give the Congress an edge. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:16 PM IST

Karnataka election: Exit polls predict hung assembly. 'Kingmaker' JDS ready to deal with BJP, Congress but...

Ex-Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy on Friday declared his party open to a post-poll alliance with either the Congress or the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, offering each potential lifelines ahead of Saturday's counting of votes. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:15 PM IST

Karnataka Poll: BJP, Cong plan to keep flock together, approach independents on eve of counting day

A day before counting of votes in Karnataka, both the BJP and Congress went into huddles and held strategy sessions on ways to keep the flock together. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:14 PM IST

'No demand for me... a small party': JDS' Kumaraswamy plays down alliance buzz

Hours before the counting for the Karnataka Assembly Elections begins, ex-Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy said on Saturday that JD(S) was a small party and he was only looking for development. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:11 PM IST

Karnataka CM Bommai wins Shiggaon by over 54,000 votes

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai won from the Shiggaon seat in the state's Haveri district as counting of votes for the 2023 Assembly election continues. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:05 PM IST

Karnataka assembly election 2023: Full list of JD(S) candidates winners

As vote counting is underway for the Karnataka Assembly election of 2023, the trends emerge in favour of the Congress party, which is in full celebration mode today as it leads on 136 seats. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:04 PM IST

Yediyurappa's son Vijayendra wins debut election Independent Nagaraja Gowda 2nd

Shikaripura election result 2023: BY Vijayendra, the son of former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, won the Shikaripura assembly constituency after beating Independent SP Nagaraja Gowda, a Congress rebel by around 11,000 votes. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:03 PM IST

Karnataka election results: Sons of former CM cross swords in Sorab seat

Kumar and Madhu Bangarappa, sons of former Karnataka chief minister S Bangarappa, are having an electoral dust-up from the Sorab assembly seat. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:02 PM IST

Karnataka election result: Congress president’s son Priyank Kharge retains Chittapur seat for third time

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge's son Priyank retained his Chittapur seat for the third time, the data showed amid as the counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly election of 2023 is underway. Kharge defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party's Manikanta Rathod by over 13,000 votes. In the final results, Kharge managed nearly 53 per cent of the votes and his BJP rival secured approximately 44 per cent. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:01 PM IST

Karnataka election 2023: Cong's Dinesh Gundu Rao retains Gandhi Nagar seat in close fight with BJP's Gowda

Former Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao retained his Gandhi Nagar Assembly constiuency seat is a closely battle with the Bharatiya Janata Party rival Sapthagiri Gowda. Rao emerged victorious by a slim margin of just 105 votes, the data showed as the counting of polled votes for the Karnataka Assembly election 2023 is underway on Saturday. Read more

May 20, 2023 12:00 PM IST

Karnataka Poll: I take full responsibility for the defeat, says CM Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said he will take full responsibility for the BJP's defeat in the Assembly elections, and that the party will function as a responsible opposition in the days to come. He said Congress' "much organised" election strategy might have been one of the major reasons for its win. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:57 AM IST

BJP's Udupi candidate Yashpal Suvarna who called for ‘no hijab in school’ wins

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced an overall loss in Karnataka, it saw a victory in the Udupi assembly constituency as its candidate, Yashpal Suvarna, who called for no hijab in educational institutions, won. Suvarna secured a total of 97,079 votes, with a vote-share of 58.5 per cent. He defeated Congress' candidate, Prasadraj Kanchan, by nearly 33,000 votes, data on the Election Commission of India (ECI) website said. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:54 AM IST

What didn’t work for the BJP in Karnataka election

By the middle of April, even as voting day was three weeks away, the political trend in Karnataka had started becoming clear. The Congress was running a cogent, incisive campaign, their infighting put to bed for the moment. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, was playing catch-up, hobbled by a multitude of factors. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:52 AM IST

K’taka assembly polls: Winning 16 seats, BJP fares well in Bengaluru

Despite the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rout in the Karnataka assembly elections, the party has fared well in Bengaluru and also improved its tally compared to the 2018 polls. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:51 AM IST

Karnataka elections: BJP wins 16 seats in Bengaluru, Tejasvi Surya thanks people

The Bharatiya Janata Party which was defeated in Karnataka assembly election managed to win 16 seats out of 28 in Bengaluru and dominated the winning Congress at Karnataka’s capital. It also won the Jayanagar seat, with a narrow margin of 16 votes, after all high voltage drama till Sunday late night. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:51 AM IST

DK Shivakumar stages 'dharna' post-BJP's narrow win in Jayanagar

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar staged a 'dharna' in front of the counting centre in Jayanagar on Saturday night alleging the misuse of government machinery to favour Bharatiya Janata Party candidate CK Ramamurthy who won with a narrow margin of 16 votes. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:49 AM IST

Karnataka election: DK Shivakumar v Siddaramaiah poster war in CM race after Cong's big win

Congress woke up to a poster war after supporters of state boss DK Shivakumar and the outgoing Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah plastered the capital with posters demanding their 'man' be appointed chief minister. Read more


May 20, 2023 11:47 AM IST

‘Bajrang Dal not afraid of ban’, VHP leader reacts on Congress’ Karnataka win

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) general secretary Milind Parande seemed unbothered by the Congress’ emphatic 135 seats victory in the Karnataka Assembly election Saturday as he claimed that the organisation’s youth wing Bajrang Dal is not afraid of the ban threat as was proposed by the Congress party in its election manifesto. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:46 AM IST

Newly elected independent MLA from Karnataka's Harapanahalli extends support to Congress

All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Karnataka, Randeep Singh Surjewala on Sunday said that Latha Mallikarjun who got elected as an independent from the Harapanahalli Assembly segment in the Vijayanagara district of Karnataka extended “unconditional support” to the Congress party. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:37 AM IST

Karnataka elections: Rural votes act as springboard for Cong win

The Congress won the Karnataka state election by securing the most votes in rural and poor areas, according to the Election Commission of India. The BJP had a better vote share in urban areas, while the Congress had almost equal support in both. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:34 AM IST

JD(S) marks worst its showing since debut

On Saturday, the Janata Dal(Secular) saw its worst performance in over two decades, reduced to 19 seats from the 37 they had won in 2018. Read here

May 20, 2023 11:33 AM IST

Karnataka Politics highlights: ‘High command will take a call,’ says DKS ahead of Congress's meet tomorrow

The confusion over Karnataka's next chief minister is yet to end as the Congress party did not finalise a name between the DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:29 AM IST

Karnataka CM: Observers present report before Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge

Three central observers appointed by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in Karnataka, will return to the national capital on Monday and present their report to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on the question of appointing the chief minister of the State. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:17 AM IST

AICC observers reach Delhi, to give report to Kharge on Karnataka CLP meet

Three central observers appointed by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in Karnataka, arrived in Delhi on Monday to present their report to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on the question of appointing the chief minister of the State. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:16 AM IST

MES loses all 6 seats, but gives tough fight to BJP, Congress

The Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES), a regional outfit at the forefront of the agitation of Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka, lost all the six seats it contested in the recent assembly elections – the results of which were announced on Saturday. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:05 AM IST

Karnataka polls: Communities seek plum portfolios for leaders

Even as the Congress is struggling to find an amicable solution to conflict over the chief minister’s post, the demand for cabinet berths has already begun. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:04 AM IST

Congress outperforms BJP among Lingayat candidates

The Congress outperformed the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) on the winning rate for candidates from the Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities in the recent assembly elections. Read more

May 20, 2023 11:03 AM IST

Eight MLAs to take oath as ministers at Siddaramaiah's swearing-in ceremony; Who are they?

Ahead of Karnataka's incoming chief minister Siddaramaiah's oath-taking ceremony at 12:30 pm today at Bengaluru's Kanteerava stadium, Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge said that eight MLAs will be sworn in as ministers in the cabinet, news agency ANI reported. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:58 AM IST

Experts predicted PM Modi’s tactics are unlikely to work in Karnataka

Experts had predicted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempts to drive the BJP’s campaigns on the personal comments made on him by the Congress are unlikely to work in Karnataka. Read more to know why.

May 20, 2023 10:54 AM IST

Bommai chosen as BJP's campaign chief to limit Yediyurappa’s influence over party

The BJP's central leadership appointed former Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai as the chairman of the party’s campaign committee for the May 10 assembly elections in the state, which was seen as a move to curtail the influence of B S Yediyurappa over the state unit. But did this move work for the saffron party? Read more

May 20, 2023 10:50 AM IST

Did BS Yediyurappa’s exit hurt BJP the most? What it means for 2024

With many believing that Lingayat strongman Yediyurappa was forced to resign as chief minister by the BJP in 2021, experts said this hurt the party's Lingayat votebank. Ahead of the elections, the BJP seemed to realise their mistake and sought to play up Yediyurappa’s role in the campaign, but it did not work. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:42 AM IST

'Everything is nice...': K'taka CM hopeful Parameshwara on Siddaramaiah-DKS deal

Karnataka Congress leader G Parameshwara declared himself pleased that 'the entire exercise (on Karnataka CM decision) has been settled “amicably”. "Mine is not an individual question. Mine is not so important compared to the party position. The party is supreme… they have settled the matter. Everything is nice... it was a good settlement. In the future, we all work together," he said. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:36 AM IST

Is DK Shivakumar ‘upset’ about Karnataka deputy CM post? Here's what he said

Considered a strong contender for the chief minister’s post after the party’s huge win in the state assembly elections, Shivakumar revealed that he was not dismayed about settling for the deputy CM position after days of negotiations. “Why should I be upset? There is a long way to go,” he told ANI. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:31 AM IST

‘The winning team’: Kharge's photo-op with DKS & Siddaramaiah after CM decision

Shortly after Kharge came to a decision on the next Karnataka CM, the top two contenders of the post met up at his residence and put up a united front, with Randeep Surjewala sharing a photo of them, captioning it “The Winning Team”. Read more.

May 20, 2023 10:19 AM IST

In Karnataka, poll guarantees helped Cong win over women voters: BJP leaders

The Bharatiya Janata Party believes that guarantees from the Congress that promised 200 units of free power to all households, 2,000 to the woman head of every family per month, and free travel for women caused it to lose support from women voters in Karnataka, a loss that hurt it overall, but especially in constituencies reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:17 AM IST

Who is Congress veteran Siddaramaiah - Karnataka's CM-designate?

Born on August 12, 1948, Siddaramaiah graduated from Mysore University with a B.Sc. degree and later studied law at the same institution and pursued it as a profession for some time. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:16 AM IST

Congress picks troubleshooter DK Shivakumar as Karnataka's deputy CM. 10 points

After days of uncertainty, Congress has come to a decision on who would be the Karnataka's next chief minister. Siddaramaiah will hold the state's top position and Shivakumar will be the second-in-command. Read more

May 20, 2023 10:15 AM IST

Karnataka deal reached: Siddaramaiah CM, DKS deputy, no clarity on rotation

Karnataka chief ministerial contenders have agreed to a compromise formula with Siddaramaiah set to get the state’s top elected post while DK Shivakumar will be his deputy and remain the state party chief as the Congress resolved a stalemate over the matter after three days of negotiations. The formula was agreed upon late on Wednesday after a meeting with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Read more

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