India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost its only stronghold in the south of the country in state elections.
According to Indian media, Karnataka Chief Minister Baswaraj Bomai conceded defeat in the elections when 130 seats fell to the Congress. BJP has more than 60 seats and HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal (JDS) 20 seats.
In Karnataka, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strong election campaign was conducted, but the BJP did not get power for the second time in a row.
Janata Dal leader HD Kumaraswamy has said that he is not in touch with any party, but Janata Dal Secular leaders have claimed that Congress and BJP are in touch with him.
According to reports, the elections to the 224-seat Karnataka assembly were held on Thursday, with counting of votes underway at 36 centers in the state. After the Karnataka election results, the Congress is expected to win in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh as well. The Congress is also expected to win in Madhya Pradesh where its government ended in 2020.
It should be noted that India will have national level elections next year and these results are important for BJP. Karnataka has 28 seats in the Lok Sabha. Compared to 2018, there was no drop in BJP’s votes in the assembly elections, but the results show that the party did not achieve significant success.