New Delhi, May 15: This is one of those few election results where all predictions, all surveys and all opinion polls have gone wrong, terribly wrong. The Karnataka Assembly Election was very important as it was being seen as a precursor to the General Elections of 2019. It was battle of wits and prestige for both Congress and BJP. BJP appeared a bit jittery at initial stage as almost all political pundits had predicted a victory for Congress seeing the political acumen of Siddaramaiah. But the whole concoction proved wrong and all predictions fell like a pack of cards. This is being seen as a big loss of face for Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
This was one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in the recent times, a total of 222 of the 224 seats went for polls involving a three-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S). The polling percentage in the May 12 elections has been put at 72.13 per cent.
As the BJP inched towards the halfway mark and then crossed the magical figure of 114 seats, it was a huge setback for the Congress for the state.
The BJP will hold a meeting of its parliamentary board in the evening. The party has planned huge celebrations to mark its win in Karnataka which coincides with the Modi government's fourth anniversary, say reports.
BJP president Amit Shah will be going to the party HQ in New Delhi at 1 pm.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said that winner of Karnataka elections will win the 2019 polls.
Ramdev said, "Karnataka elections will give a new direction to Indian politics. The winner of Karnataka elections will have the capability of winning elections in 2019."
Ruling Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, and Janata Dal (Secular) mainly fought high-profile Karnataka elections, voting for which took place on May 12.
Most exit polls had predicted that former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda led Janata Dal (Secular) will be a kingmaker as there will be a hung assembly. But everything was proved wrong.
The Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 113-seats to form the government. The Congress had won 122 seats and the BJP 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly election in 2013
News24Bureau with Agencies.