The counting for Karnataka Assembly Election is underway. As far the trends are concerned, BJP has got a huge lead in the state and is expected to form the government. Whether they will get the magic mark of 112 or not is still not confirmed.
In that case, they may need the support of JD(S). All the parties fought on their own in this election which is expected to have ample importance considering the upcoming Lok Sabha Election scheduled next year.
At present, it is clear that BJP has got a massive lead on almost double the seats than those of Congress in both urban and rural areas of Karnataka. Interestingly, in both SC and ST constituencies across the state, BJP has been leading in maximum seats.
JD(S) on the other hand has performed really well in the election. The Vokkaliga community of Karnataka has voted for JD(S) in large numbers. The party has been leading in 25 seats in the Vokkaliga dominant region of Karnataka.
On the other hand, BJP is leading on 37 seats in Lingayat-dominant constituencies, Congress not leading even at half the numbers. Even Basavarajraya Reddy who submitted the proposal to create a separate religion for Lingyat lost in his own constituency.
Dividing Hindus has clearly backfired for Congress and they must be aware of it as far strategizing for Lok Sabha Elections is concerned.
This heavy defeat of Congress categorically questions the leadership quality of Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi. The victory of Congress in Punjab was credited more to Amarinder Singh.
No doubt, the Karnataka defeat calls for a new prime ministerial face from Congress for the Lok Sabha Elections. With back to back defeats, truly Rahul Gandhi has lost the firepower to lead the opposition. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that leaders like Mamata Banerjee or Navin Pattanaik can better options for the opposition if they are looking to defeat the BJP with a federal front.