The counting of votes on May 15 yielded a hung verdict in Karnataka.
If it succeeds, the BJP and its allies would govern 22 of India's 29 states. Although the Congress will likely marginally increase its vote share, its seat tally will plummet by at least 40 seats. "We were the single largest party and had immediately met governor after results were announced but we weren't invited to form the government". Although the party recently lost its sole southern foothold in Andhra Pradesh - with the Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) recent exit from the NDA - it has now erected its own gateway to the South. Jawaharlal Nehru, the then prime minister, using the ruse of "breakdown of constitutional machinery" in the state, threw the Namboodripad government out, imposed President's rule in the state for a while and then dissolved the state Assembly. Opinion surveys reaffirm the notion that Modi remains the most popular politician in India by some distance. Today, Modi is punching above the weight of his party.
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A BJP government in Karnataka will also help Modi silence critics who said his popularity had waned after the implementation of a nationwide sales tax and a ban on high-value bank notes late in 2016. "I was defeated in the election because of various reasons including "hacking" and anti-party activities".
The application also mentions that the All India Anglo Indian Association has written to the Governor asking that the Constitutional rights of Anglo-Indians may not be exploited for political purposes and that any nomination may be made only after the floor test. Whereas the Congress scion has often hesitated to expose himself on the campaign battlefield for fear of being tarred by an embarrassing defeat, in Karnataka he was all in. However, the first communist elected government could last only for two years.
One independent, R Shankar, who the Congress had vowed his support to its coalition with the JDS, was seen with the BJP on Wednesday before once again returning to the former's fold. "Losing this state means the literal decimation of Congress". In a stern warning, he said that he has also been contacted by BJP MLAs, adding that if the BJP tries to take JD (S) leaders away, they will cause double the damage. "A JD (S) leader has said that ₹100 crore is being offered to his MLAs".
In material terms, the Congress is hurting for money and Karnataka is a cash cow it can not afford to lose. The post-poll alliance partners even submitted a list of 117 MLAs to the governor. He left BJP saying that there were constant squabbling and bickering in the party. Interestingly, Karnataka has been the destination of choice for this type of politics. After all, if Karnataka teaches us anything about Indian elections, it is that uncertainty is the only certainty.