New Delhi: After winning a majority in the Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the market of hated has been shut in Karnataka and the shops of love are open. Karnataka has shown that the country loves win over hate.

Before Rahul’s statement, the BJP accepted defeat in Karnataka. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that after the full results are out, they will review and make a strong comeback in the Lok Sabha elections.

According to the Election Commission, the Congress has won 71 seats and is ahead in 65 i.e. a total of 136 seats. The BJP has won 30 seats and is leading in 34 seats, i.e. a total of 64 seats. The JD(S) has won 12 seats and is leading in 8, a total of 20 seats. The other 4 seats were won.

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar got emotional after the party got a majority. “I had assured Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi of victory. I cannot forget when Sonia Gandhi came to meet me in jail, I chose to stay in jail instead of holding office, the party had faith in me.” The Congress has called a legislature party meeting on Sunday.

No repeat of power in the state for 38 years

There has been no repeat of power in the state for 38 years. The last time the Janata Party led by Ramakrishna Hegde won the election was in 1985 when it was in power. At the same time, out of the last five elections (1999, 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018), only twice (1999, 2013) the single party got a majority.

BJP became the largest party in 2004, 2008, 2018. It formed the government with external support.

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