Uddhav Thackeray dares BJP to fight polls with ballot

BJP supporters celebrate after learning of the initial poll results in the Karnataka state assembly elections on Tuesday

BJP supporters celebrate after learning of the initial poll results in the Karnataka state assembly elections on Tuesday

Patle, a former BJP leader, had been instrumental in several farmer agitations in the state. There had been some reports on the day of voting, that the EVM at the Hebbal Constituency, was either faulty or tampered with, as even as people pushed any button, the vote wen to BJP. The BJP has breached the 100-mark in the counting of votes and now stands at 108 seats. "I am requesting the new Chief Minister - whoever he/ she is - to give justice to Marathi speaking people staying on the border of Maharashtra-Karnataka", he said.

"If the Congress party wins the #KarnatakaElection, everyone will know Modi wave is over & ppl are fed up of them, but in case BJP wins, we must question election commission with the authenticity of EVM's & whether they are hack proof", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had earlier said. While Karnataka Assembly has 225 seats, voting takes place for 224 constituencies as one is a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community.

He claimed that the image of the BJP and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was "not good" because of the allegations of corruption. He contested Tumsar assembly seat on Shiv Sena ticket but, was defeated by BJP candidate.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party today but fell nine seats short of a majority in Karnataka, while the Congress backed third-placed JD (S) for a post-poll alliance.

In Karnataka, NCP has given unconditional support to Congress. Before that, party leadership was in talks with Janata Dal for an alliance of the party. Siddaramaiah on Sunday sounded confident of Congress retaining power and added that this was his last election.

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