Celebrations outside the BJP headquarters in New Delhi after election results. (Photographer: Nishant Sharma/BloombergQuint)

Karnataka Election Results 2019: BJP Set To Sweep Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) In A Tizzy

The Bharatiya Janata Party has increased its tally in Karnataka over 2014 despite the alliance between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), latest trends for Karnataka election results showed.

The BJP has won 25 seats with more than 50 percent vote share, leaving the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in a tizzy over the stability of its one-year-old state government. Congress and JD(S) managed to win only one seat each, indicating that neither arithmetic nor chemistry worked for the two, which apparently failed to reconcile with each other at the ground level.

The BJP has bettered its 2014 tally of 17 and increased its vote share by almost eight percentage points to 51.4 percent. The Congress-JD(S) combine has a 42 percent vote share this time, down from 52.22 percent in 2014. The two contested separately the last time, when the Congress won nine seats with a vote share of 41.15 percent and the JD(S) got two with a vote share of 11.07 percent.

Reflecting the coalition's plight, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Gulbarga and former prime minister and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda in Tumkur were trailing their BJP rivals, Election Commission trends showed.

Karnataka Election Results 2019: BJP Set To Sweep Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) In A Tizzy

The BJP is set to get more than the exit polls predicted. The average of polls suggested the party would win in 20 parliamentary constituencies.

Karnataka Election Results 2019: BJP Set To Sweep Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) In A Tizzy

Karnataka cast ballots in two phases on April 18 and April 23. The average voter turnout this year stood at 68.62 percent compared with 67.20 percent in 2014.

Key Constituencies And Candidates

  • BJP’s DV Sadananda Gowda won in Bengaluru North against Congress’ Krishna Byregowda.
  • BJP’s Tejaswi Surya won in Bengaluru South.
  • Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge losy to BJP’s Dr.Umesh Jadhav in Gulbarga.
  • Congress’ Veerappa Moily lost to BJP’s BN Bache Gowda in Chikkballapur.