#CongWinsKarnataka Live Updates: Congress wins big, BJP to ‘introspect’ setbacks

13 May, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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As the counting of votes is underway on Saturday for the Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress has won 79 seats while leading in 57 constituencies.

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May 13, 2023 21:55 IST: Karnataka CM and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai tenders his resignation to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot after defeat in the elections.

May 13, 2023 20:00 IST: Congress to hold CLP meeting on Sunday 5 PM to decide the next CM face.

May 13, 2023 19:20 IST: Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar, Congress leader Siddaramaiah & National Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge along with other congress leaders arrive at KPCC office.

May 13, 2023 18:52 IST: DK Shivakumar’s brother DK Suresh speaks to NewsX, says, “We will know CM in next 40 minutes, will support AICC’s decision on CM”.

May 13, 2023 17:40 IST: BJP’s Mahesh Tenginkai defeated Congress’ Jagadish Shettar in Hubli-Dharwad-Central constituency, by a margin of 34,289 votes.

May 13, 2023 17:32 IST: Congress gets an absolute majority.

May 13, 2023 17:32 IST: Celebration at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bengaluru as Congress sweeps Polls

May 13, 2023 17:25 IST: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says, “I congratulate the people of Karnataka. They have sent a message across the state that public wants a politics that resolves their issues, a politics where their issues are discussed…People of Karnataka & Himachal Pradesh have proven that politics of diversion will not work anymore…”

May 13, 2023 17:24 IST: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Congress Party for their victory in the #KarnatakaPolls “My best wishes to them in fulfilling people’s aspirations,” tweets PM


May 13, 2023 17:23 IST: “…I take responsibility for this debacle,” Basavaraj Bommai on Karnataka polls result

May 13, 2023 17:13 IST: “I salute the people of Karnataka, all the voters. I also salute the winners for their victory. Even Kumaraswamy did well. Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh elections are coming, and I think BJP will lose both elections. This is the beginning of the end of 2024…Now, I don’t think they (BJP) will cross even 100..,” says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

May 13, 2023 17:01 IST: CM Bommai, 11 ministers win; 11 face defeat

May 13, 2023 16:50 IST: We accept this result. We will continue to work for the people of Karnataka as a constructive Opposition…Rahul Gandhi said abroad that there is no democracy in India. Today people should ask him what he thinks about democracy and EVMs: Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar

May 13, 2023 16:50 IST: Delhi: The whole election campaign was about the issues of Karnataka. We didn’t make it a national election, we made this election for Vidhan Sabha. Congress’ win is PM Modi’s decisive defeat. This is because except for PM Modi, there was no other face. The issues we raised were related to the state. But BJP made the election campaign like a referendum for PM Modi. JP Nadda said that if you give a vote to Congress PM Modi’s blessings will not be with you. The campaigning by PM Modi was totally rejected by the people of Karnataka: Jairam Ramesh, Congress on #KarnatakaElectionResults2023

Read: Karnataka poll results: Congress won, PM Modi lost, says Jairam Ramesh

May 13, 2023 16:32 IST: Karnataka minister and BJP’s winning candidate from Malleshwaram, CN Ashwathnarayan says, “This is a setback for us in Karnataka. We accept the verdict of the people. We will work much stronger and seek the blessing of the people and come out with flying colours. When it comes to 2024 elections, we want to ensure that all our candidates win from all the 28 seats…”

May 13, 2023 15:50 IST: Karnataka victory due to collective efforts, CM will be chosen through consensus: Kharge

May 13, 2023 14:18 IST: Rahul Gandhi addresses media.

  • “I thank the people of Karnataka. Congress stood with the poor people in Karnataka. Poor people defeated crony capitalists in Karnataka. We didn’t fight this battle using hatred,” says Rahul Gandhi.
  • Karnataka mein Nafrat ki bazaar band hui hai, Mohabbat ki dukaan khuli hai: Rahul Gandhi

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May 13, 2023 14:18 IST: I thank the people of Karnataka for giving a huge mandate to Congress. We will uphold their belief in us. We will implement all the welfare schemes we have announced in our manifesto. I thank Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, and Sonia Gandhi who campaigned even when she wasn’t well: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge

  • We won this election under collective leadership and got results, says Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on the party’s resounding victory in Karnataka.

May 13, 2023 14:10 IST: “Victory and defeat aren’t new to BJP. Party workers need not be panicked by these results. We will introspect about the party’s setback. I respectfully accept this verdict,” says BJP leader BS Yediyurappa on the party’s defeat in Karnataka Election Results

May 13, 2023 13:46 IST: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar waves the party flag and shows a thumbs-up sign as the party registers a comfortable victory in the State election.

May 13, 2023 13:19 IST: I thank Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge. Hope Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister: Siddaramaiah

May 13, 2023 13:14 IST: Congress leader Siddaramaiah talks to media on Congress win in Karnataka, “We will cross 130 seats also, it is a big victory of Congress party. People of Karnataka wanted a change because they were fed up with the BJP govt. BJP spent a lot of money on Operation ‘Kamala’. Padyatra of Rahul ji helped as well in enthusing cadre of party” He also added “It is a mandate against Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda. PM came to Karnataka 20 times; No PM in the past campaigned like this.”

May 13, 2023 13:10 IST: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge reacts to his party winning Karnataka Assembly elections, says, “Its Janata-Janardan Victory”.

May 13, 2023 13:02 IST: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh says, “…If they (BJP) spend Crores of Rupees, ‘Operation Lotus’ can take place but Congress will get majority. There is no Scindia in Karnataka. There are strong Congress men in Karnataka…”

May 13, 2023 12:58 IST: Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar gets emotional on his party’s comfortable victory in state Assembly elections.

May 13, 2023 12:49 IST: #Karnataka Congress leader BK Hariprasad says, “…Not a new path, people have chosen the clean path. This is a good mandate against BJP’s false promises and negative politics…We had received a clear mandate much earlier. Still, they formed the Govt by poaching our MLAs. People didn’t want to experiment this time. So, they gave a clear mandate.”

  • #Karnataka Congress leader BK Hariprasad says, “This is a clear message for 2024 (General election) and the upcoming state elections in three states – BJP has to go.”

May 13, 2023 12:46 IST: Congress workers in Kolkata celebrate party’s win in Karnataka elections

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May 13, 2023 12:40 IST: Congress leads in Karnataka Election 2023, takes dominant lead over BJP.

May 13, 2023 12:37 IST: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai’s convoy gets stuck in Haveri as Congress workers cheer on in the route and celebrate their party’s comfortable win in #KarnatakaElections

May 13, 2023 12:23 IST: In spite of a lot of efforts put in by PM & BJP workers, we’ve not been able to make the mark. Once the full results come we’ll do a detailed analysis. We take this result in our stride to come back in Lok Sabha elections: Karnataka CM Bommai

May 13, 2023 12:22 IST: “…Right now the people’s verdict is in favour of Congress. It is very surprising to see this result. BJP in Karnataka did extremely well. We need to accept people’s verdict, it is in the favour of Congress…Let’s see the factors that went against BJP, let’s discuss & debate later,” says #Karnataka Minister CN Ashwathnarayan

May 13, 2023 12:08 IST: We’ve not been able to make the mark. Once the results come we will do a detailed analysis. As a national party, we will not only analyse but also see what deficiencies and gaps were left at various levels. We take this result in our stride: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

May 13, 2023 12:08 IST: #Karnataka election result is as per our expectations. PM sought votes by keeping himself in the front. So, this is Modi’s defeat..,” says Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. “You can see with whom Bajrang Bali stands. Bajrang Bali’s ‘gada’ hit corruption on its head & BJP was done,” he says.

May 13, 2023 12:03 IST: Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting called tomorrow morning in Bengaluru as the party crosses the majority mark and surges ahead in 118 seats in #KarnatakaElectionResults.

May 13, 2023 12:01 IST: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel distributes sweets in Raipur as Congress gets the majority in #Karnataka. As per the latest ECI trends, Congress surges ahead in 118 seats while BJP leads in 75 seats.

May 13, 2023 11:58 IST: Rajasthan CM and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot tweets, “The result of the atmosphere that was seen in Karnataka during Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, clearly shows in #Karnataka election results…This will be repeated in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha election in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.”

May 13, 2023 11:57 IST: Congress MP and Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar’s brother, DK Suresh shows a thumbs-up sign as he arrives at the latter’s residence in Bengaluru.

May 13, 2023 11:41 IST: KJ George wins from Sarvjna Nagar; JDS bags Hassan seat, Swaroop wins; Laxman Savadi wins from Athani.

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May 13, 2023 11:33 IST: CM & BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai at BJP camp office in Shiggaon constituency as Congress surges ahead in 117 seats while BJP leads in 75 seats as per latest ECI trends.

May 13, 2023 11:25 IST: Congress leader & former MP CM Kamal Nath says,” It is certain that Congress will form the government in Karnataka. BJP will attempt to strike a deal with MLAs of other parties and independent candidates.”

May 13, 2023 11:23 IST: JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy leading from Channapatna Assembly constituency.

May 13, 2023 11:20 IST: BJP’s Mahesh Tenginkai continues to lead, Congress leader Jagadish Shettar trails in the Hubli-Dharwad Central Assembly constituency.

May 13, 2023 11:17 IST: Congress leader Siddaramaiah leading from Varuna constituency. BJP General Secretary CT Ravi trailing from Chikmagalur Assembly constituency.

May 13, 2023 10:55 IST: BJP top leaders likely to meet HDK in Bangaluru, sources told NewsX. Congress will book resorts for its MLAs, sources added.

May 13, 2023 10:48 IST: Congress leader Sachin Pilot says, “Congress has the majority. We will have a thumping victory. The slogan of “40% commission government” given by us, was accepted by the public. It was a major issue raised by us to defeat BJP. People accepted it and gave majority to the Congress.”

May 13, 2023 10:41 IST: As per the ECI, Congress crosses the halfway mark in early trends, leads in 115 constituencies, BJP ahead in 73 seats while JDS leads at 29 seats.

May 13, 2023 10:32 IST: Congress candidate from Sarvagnanagar, KJ George says, “I thank the voters and Congress workers,” as he leads from the assembly constituency.

May 13, 2023 10:08 IST: Sources: Congress in touch with independents

May 13, 2023 10:30 IST: The fate of two BJP rebels who joined Congress

  1. Laxman Savadi leads from Athani
  2. Shettar trails from Hubli Central

May 13, 2023 10:06 IST: We are confident that people’s mandate is with us. We should be able to march ahead with the blessings of the people: Bhaskar Rao, BJP candidate from Chamarajpet constituency and former Bengaluru Police Commissioner Congress’s BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan is leading in Chamarajpet seat

May 13, 2023 10:08 IST: Difference of 3,000 votes in 50 seats; Laxman Savadi of Congress leads with 17000 votes

May 13, 2023 10:06 IST: Mysuru: Congress leader Siddaramaiah appears in front of the media as the party leads in #KarnatakaElectionResults amid the incumbent BJP trailing.

May 13, 2023 09:58 IST: Former Karnataka CM & JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy visits a temple in Bengaluru amid counting of votes for #KarnatakaPolls.

May 13, 2023 09:42 IST: Congress has booked 10 choppers: NewsX Sources; Choppers flights ready to ferry Congress MLAs

May 13, 2023 09:40 IST: “We will form the govt with a heavy majority, there’s no doubt about it. Negative, divisive campaign of the PM did not work”: Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera as the Congress inches ahead in #KarnatakaElectionResults

May 13, 2023 09:33 IST: Congress crosses halfway mark in early trends; Janardhana Reddy’s party leading in two seats

May 13, 2023 09:29 IST: Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar leads in Kanakapura Assembly constituency, BJP’s R Ashoka trailing, as per EC

May 13, 2023 09:26 IST: Sarvjna Nagar: K J George leading; Babaleshwar: Congres’s MB Patil leading; Athani First Round: Congress’s Lakshman Savadi leads against BJP’s Mahesh Kamatahalli- Channapatna; Chennapatana First Round: HDK trails, BJP’s CP Yogeshwar leads

May 13, 2023 09:21 IST: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai reaches the BJP camp office in Shiggaon, a snake found in the building compound slithers away The snake was later captured and the building compound secured

May 13, 2023 09:15 IST: “Primary agenda of the BJP is good governance”: BJP leader and former union minister DV Sadanand Gowda speaks about the #KarnatakaElectionResults2023.

May 13, 2023 09:13 IST: Congress asks all its MLAs to reach Bengaluru today as the counting of votes in Assembly elections continue; Congress leading in 25 seats

May 13, 2023 09:03 IST: Congress calls meeting in party President Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence

May 13, 2023 08:55 IST: CP Yogeshwara leads in Channapatna, HDK trails;

May 13, 2023 08:54 IST: “As of now, it seems to be a neck-to-neck fight but we will be able to form the govt”: BJP spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam on initial trends in #KarnatakaAssemblyElection2023

May 13, 2023 08:45 IST: “We will do anything to keep BJP out of power…In the interest of Karnataka, my father should become the CM,” says Yathindra Siddaramaiah, Congress leader and son of former CM Siddaramaiah.

May 13, 2023 08:35 IST: As counting of votes begins for #KarnatakaPolls, CM Basavaraj Bommai visits Hanuman temple in Hubballi.

May 13, 2023 08:30 IST: DK Shivakumar leads from Kanakapura seat, Siddaramaiah leads from Varuna, Basavaraj Bommai maintains lead in Shiggaon

May 13, 2023 08:05 IST: HD Kumaraswamy leads from Channapatna constituency.

May 13, 2023 08:15 IST: “No one contacted me till now…no demand for me”: Kumaraswamy as counting of votes begins in Karnataka

May 13, 2023 08:05 IST: “Today is a big day for Karnataka as the people’s verdict for the state will be out. I am confident that BJP will win with absolute majority and give a stable government,” says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, in Hubballi.

May 13, 2023 08:01 IST: Counting of votes begins in all 224 Karnataka Assembly constituencies

May 13, 2023 07:46 IST: Congress will get an absolute majority and form the government in Karnataka. We are confident that we will make government on our own: Yathindra Siddaramaiah, Congress leader and son of former CM Siddaramaiah

May 13, 2023 07:26 IST: In the next 2-3 hours, it will become clear. Exit polls show that the two national parties will score in a big way. The polls have given 30-32 seats to JD(S). I am a small party, there is no demand for me…I am hoping for a good development: JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy

May 13, 2023 07:18 IST: It’s a big day today. We are hopeful that Congress will emerge victorious. We should get a comfortable majority with more than 120 seats. It’s not just the exit polls that predict Congress victory, the same is also visible on the ground level, people want change: K Rahman Khan, Congress leader & former Union minister

May 13, 2023 07:02 IST: “Congress will form the government once again with a majority. We are confident about this. The public of Karnataka is looking for a change, they were fed up with this present govt,” says Congress leader Saleem Ahmed

May 13, 2023 07:00 IST: Security outside Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai’s residence in Hubballi, ahead of Assembly election results today

May 13, 2023 06:52 IST: Police security deployed at the Gulbarga University campus in Kalaburagi, where the counting of votes from nine constituencies will take place.

May 13, 2023 06:49 IST: Security arrangements tightened ahead of counting of votes for the 224 seats in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections held on May 10.


May 13, 2023 05:38 IST: Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have dismissed exit poll predictions of a hung assembly and claimed that they will gain a majority and form a government in the state ahead of the counting of ballots for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Saturday.

May 13, 2023 05:22 IST: “We are just doing our job. Let’s wait for the results,” says Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar after a party meeting ahead of Karnataka election results, Bengaluru.

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