BS Yeddyurappa, as expected, has beaten his rival and won his seat in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. With a lead in Shikaripura, a district in Shimoga, the 75-year-old minister is all set to embrace a strong hold in the mighty state. He is leading by 3420 votes over Congress’s GB Malatesh. Yeddyurappa had predicted massive win for BJP in advance and was confident about BJP’s win in the state.
Back in 2016, Bookanakere Siddalingappa (BS) Yeddyurappa was re-appointed as the face of BJP or President of the party for Karnataka state. BJP announced him as the chief ministerial candidate for 2018 Karnataka assembly elections. Yeddyurappa, ahead of counting, had clearly said that he will meet PM Modi on Tuesday to fix time for swearing-in ceremony. He became the 19th Chief Minister of Karnataka after leading BJP to a victory in the 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections. Yeddyurappa is popular for winning Bharatiya Janata Party its first government in down south state.
The BJP and Congress places their respective candidates in all 222 constituencies, while former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) contested on 201 seats. JD(S) ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) tried its luck in 21 seats.
There is a close fight as numbers are constantly chaning. The exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka, but at the same time they have given an edge to the BJP over the Congress. Times Now-VMR indicated that the BJP will bag 94 Assembly seats, the Congress 97 and the JD(S) 28. However, Times Now-Chanakya predicted a clear majority for the BJP with 120 seats. It predicted 73 seats for the Congress and 26 seats for the JD(S).