Karnataka Election Result 2023: An analysis of the Karnataka Assembly Election Results 2023 reveals that the Congress party is poised to win, having surged past the halfway mark with a lead in 136 seats. In contrast, the BJP is currently ahead in only 64 seats. To form the government in the state, a minimum of 113 seats is required. D.K. Shivakumar, the state president of the Congress party, has won Kanakapura by a large margin of over 70% of the votes, which is a significant boost for the party. Shivakumar is one of the top contenders for the post of chief minister, with the competition expected to be between him and Siddaramaiah, the leader of the Congress legislature party and former chief minister.
Reason Behind BJP Loosing Karnataka Election 2023
The spokesperson of BJP Karnataka has written about the reasons behind the party’s loss in the recent elections. Despite victory having many fathers, defeat is often an orphan. In order to understand how this loss came about, it is important for the BJP to reflect on the issues and challenges that were brought up during the Karnataka 2023 election. In 2018, the BJP won the most seats with 104, but with only 36.35% of total votes, while Congress won 77 seats with 38.14% of total votes and JDS won 37 seats with 18.3% of total votes. However, in 2019, the BJP was able to form the government by inducting MLAs from other parties, which was their greatest achievement in Karnataka over the last four years. Looking at the causes of the BJP’s poor performance in this election, four factors stand out.
Rahul Gandhi’s Reaction to Congress’s Win in Karnataka
In his first statement since the emphatic victory of Congress in Karnataka, senior leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his gratitude to the people of the state and lauded them for rejecting the politics of hate. He emphasized that Congress had fought the election with love and had emerged victorious, with the strength of the poor people of Karnataka defeating the crony capitalists.
Congress’s Focus on Local Issues and Avoiding Hindutva Rhetoric
The success of Congress in Karnataka has been attributed to its focus on local issues and avoidance of getting embroiled in Hindutva rhetoric. This approach has helped Congress gain around 5 per cent in terms of vote share when compared to the 2018 elections. The results are in line with the exit polls, which had predicted a BJP loss in Karnataka.
BJP’s Loss of Control in the Lone Southern State under Its Rule
With its defeat in Karnataka, the BJP is set to lose control of the only southern state that was under its rule. Congress’s victory has come as a blow to the BJP, which had been eyeing to expand its presence in the southern states of India. Congress has won 43 per cent of all votes polled, which is a significant increase from its previous performance in 2018.