With the BJP closing in on a win in Karnataka assembly elections, Ram Madhav on Tuesday (May 15) said "Sangh Parivar cadres have helped us enormously". Madhav also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and party's state leadership.
"I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for this mandate. Also, credit goes to the hard work of PM Modi and Amit Shah ji, as well as state leadership,party workers and RSS cadre. BJP's southward march has begun..The Sangh Parivar cadres have helped us enormously. In certain regions, like coastal Karnataka, Parivar has helped us a lot," Madhav told ANI.
Sangh Parivar outfits have been active in coastal parts of Karnataka for several decades now. The BJP may sweep the coastal region of Karnataka which has 21 seats including Madikeri and Chikamagaluru. The BJP as of now is leading in 18 of these 21 seats.
Most exit polls predicted a hung assembly in Karnataka and many of them forecasted that the Congress would emerge as the single largest party. It has been five hours since the counting began, and it looks like the BJP has proved all such polls wrong. The BJP is leading in 108 seats and the Congress is lagging far behind with leads in 73 seats, as per the latest inputs.
Modi called Siddaramaiah names, launched scathing attack on Congress, praised Deve Gowda but the very next day asked people to not 'waste' their vote on JD (S). Whatever he did, Modi remained in headlines and kept sending shivers down the Congress' spine. Congress claimed there was no 'Modi wave', but now on the hindsight, it seems the wave is very much there and will remain relevant even during 2019 Lok Sabha elections.