Counting of votes began at 8 am today across Karnataka. Early leads indicate the BJP is losing half of the 110 seats it held in the 224-member state assembly.
The Congress on Wednesday kept up the suspense over its Chief Ministerial candidate in Karnataka, saying it has a "galaxy of leaders" for the top job.
With the Congress walking away with a thumping victory in Karnataka, the question of "who will become chief minister" is now the hot topic of debate. And staking his claim already for the top post is senior party leader K. Siddaramaiah.
Karnataka election results: Karnataka has delivered an unambiguous verdict. The Congress will form the next government and will not need help. The party won 121 seats, which will give it a majority in the 224-seat Assembly.
As the Congress juggernaut rolled on in Karnataka, 12 Ministers of the Jagadish Shettar Cabinet, including Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa, fell by the wayside, rubbing salt into the wounds of the vanquished BJP.
Karnataka election results: HD Kumaraswamy will quit his seat as a Member of Parliament and is headed to the state to lead the Janata Dal (Secular) as Karnataka's main opposition party.
Karnataka Election Results Live: BS Yeddyurappa has achieved part of his agenda in these elections. He has ensured a BJP defeat. What he has not done is convert the BJP's losses into gains for his newly formed Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).
Karnataka election results: For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it is game over in Karnataka. The party, which broke into the Congress' bastion, forming its first government in the south, has faced an embarrassing loss, failing to garner even half of the 110 seats it won last time.
Karnataka election results 2013: The Congress seems to be emerging as the single-largest party in Karnataka. At 10:30 am, all leads were in and if these convert into results, the party might even edge past the halfway mark of 112 in the 224-seat Assembly.
A sense of the change in political winds in Karnataka is also evident with how Bangalore has voted. The state capital, which hugely favoured the BJP last time with hopes of development, chose to ignore it.