Karnataka election results: Is Congress-mukt bharat a reality?
Bengaluru, May 15: Since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it is the same old story. The Congress has been losing elections after elections. Karnataka was one of the last few states where the Congress was in power. On Tuesday, the grand old party got another major jolt after result trends showed it has been reduced to double-digit in the state Assembly.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in all likelihood is coming to power in the southern state with over 110 seats. On Saturday, voting took place for 222 seats out of the total 224 Assembly constituencies in the southern state.
All these indicate that the BJP's ambitious plan to erase the Congress' presence from across the country has been turning into a reality. The BJP came out with its famous slogan--Congress-mukt bharat (Congress-free India)--after 2014. It was dubbed as a "psychological warfare" against the Congress which the saffron party well-executed on the ground, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaigning abilities and BJP president Amit Shah's planning skills.
Along with Modi and Shah's leadership skills, it is the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cadres who whole-heartedly worked on the ground to realise their dream of ruling in every nook and cranny of the country.
Today, the BJP is already ruling in 21 states and if it wins (which is it sure to) Karnataka, the saffron party will be in power in 22 states in the country. The Congress is in power only in Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry (an union territory).
Recently, during an election campaign in Karnataka, PM Modi mocked the Congress saying that once it loses Karnataka it will become a "PPP (Puducherry, Punjab and Parivar (family)) Congress". "After May 15 (when the poll results will be declared), the Indian National Congress will be reduced to 'PPP Congress'-- P for Punjab, P for Puducherry, and P for Parivar (family)," Modi told an election rally in Gadag, where he predicted the state's ruling party would be decimated in the elections.
After the exit poll results were declared late on Saturday evening, BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa refused to acknowledge the theory of a "hung assembly" in the state. He stated that the Congress will be exited from the state. He added that the BJP will win more than 120 seats and form the government on its own.
Yeddyurappa, a veteran Lingayat politician with strong grassroot connection, was more accurate than any pollster. He got a sense of a crushing defeat of the Congress well in advance than many others.
On Tuesday, "Congress Mukt Bharat" was trending on Twitter. Here we bring you a few tweets:
The Modi & Shah duo has taken India one more step closer to Congress Mukt Bharat. Congress still arrogant and not ready to concede that it's a failure of the #RahulGandhi leadership. They are busy blaming #EVMs & claiming Moral Victory, instead of introspecting.#KarnatakaVerdict— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) May 15, 2018
This is truly Congress mukt Bharat. They rule just 2.5 states and regional parties rule bigger states than them! Massive! BJP Now 110— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) May 15, 2018
Arnab started his program at 7 AM.. and now taking his first break only after BJP crossed the majority mark.. when it would come to 'Congress Mukt Bharat'.. Arnab's name will be written in Golden Words...just next to Rahul Gandhi..#KarnatakaVerdict #KarnatakaElectionResults2018— Paresh Rawal fn (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) May 15, 2018
A Congress Mukt Bharat is now a very real possibility. After everything he tried in Karnataka @RahulGandhi will wonder if there’s anything he can do to stop this from happening. @narendramodi & @AmitShah giving the Congress a masterclass in election management.— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) May 15, 2018