• Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Karnataka polls: Congress set to win southern Indian state defeating ruling BJP

Congress is set to win around 130 seats against about 65 for BJP

Congress supporters dressed as Lord Hanuman celebrate as the party crosses the halfway mark in Karnataka Assembly election results, at party office, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

By: Pramod Thomas

India’s main opposition Congress party was set to win elections on Saturday (13) in the southern state of Karnataka defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), TV channels said, a big boost ahead of national elections due next year.

The election is the first of five crucial state polls this year that are seen as setting the tone for parliamentary elections due in April and May 2024.

It is also the first big electoral face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and Congress since Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was convicted of defamation in March and as a result lost his parliament seat.

The victory will be only the second state win for the embattled Congress in more than four years.

Karnataka, which was ruled by BJP, voted on Wednesday and votes were counted on Saturday.

Congress is set to win around 130 seats against about 65 for BJP, the TV channels showed as vote counting progressed. A party needs 113 seats to win a simple majority of the 224 in the state legislature.


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