Karnataka Polls: Pune BJP unit’s celebrations cut short due to lack of majority
While leaders congratulated party workers from Karnataka, there was slight disappointment as the party may not be forming the government in Karnataka after the Congress joined hands with JD(S) and staked claim to form the government.Updated: May 16, 2018 15:08 IST
Workers of the Congress party from Pune had a mixed day, which started on a sombre note as the party trailed in the Karnataka election results, but later appeared to be forming the government by the evening with help from the Janata Dal (Secular) party. For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, the day started on a good note having taken lead in the counting but ended with disappointment.
As the leads started coming in, the BJP workers and local leaders held celebrations, but their festive spirit was dampened as the day progressed. While leaders congratulated party workers from Karnataka, there was slight disappointment as the party may not be forming the government in Karnataka after the Congress joined hands with JD(S) and staked claim to form the government.
On the party’s victory, mayor and BJP leader Mukta Tilak said that the verdict shows that people of Karnataka have once again put their trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I thank the voters of Karnataka and congratulate the party workers there for the results,” said Tilak.
Another party leader and MP Anil Shirole said that the result was another referendum of the BJP workers. “The people of Karnataka have rejected the Congress and reposed their trust in the BJP and PM Narendra Modi. The party is sure to win the upcoming elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. It will also win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” said Shirole.
The party bagged 104 seats while the Congress won 78 and JD(S) 37. State Congress leaders while reacting to the results questioned the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) saying that there are enough reasons to raise doubts about the EVMs.
Earlier, speaking to reporters, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said that the Congress and JD(S) should join hands together.