Bengaluru, May 15: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to form the government in Karnataka on its own as the party went way beyond the half-way mark and leading on 118 seats at around 10:45 am this morning. The party was winning the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 comfortably. The man of the moment became BS Yeddyurappa, who has been the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the Karnataka polls. Yeddyurappa, who is now set to be the Chief Minister of Karnataka, also won from the Shikaripura seat, defeating G Malatesha of the Congress. Get Live updates on Karnataka election results here.
Yeddyurappa is making a comeback as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after seven years. Yeddyurappa, who has been the deputy chief minister in 2006-2007 and chief minister from 2008 to 2011, had broken away from the BJP in 2013 when the party sidelined him over corruption allegations and had formed his own party – KJP. He later joined hands with the BJP again and campaigned with the party aggressively this election.
The former chief minister and his family have been accused of illegally selling a one-acre of government-notified land near Bengaluru for Rs 20 crore. They have also been accused in a bribery case. Having faced several corruption cases, Yeddyurappa spent 25 days in jail.
During the campaign for the Karnataka elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi repeatedly questioned the BJP on why the party had chosen Yeddyurappa, a ‘corrupt’ person, as its CM face. “We are repeatedly asking the Prime Minister why has he chosen a corrupt person, who has been in jail as his party’s CM candidate,” Rahul Gandhi had said during a rally. To this, the BJP had responded saying, “This man just doesn’t seem to get it. We are also repeatedly telling you that you stand on much lower footing compared to BSY. While HC has acquitted all charges against Yeddyurappa, you still face a Rs 5,000 crore corruption charge and are out on bail; yet you see pipedream of becoming PM!”
Voting took place in Karnataka on Saturday, May 12 and a record voter turnout of 72.14 was recorded in the state.