Bhagyalakshmi beneficiaries, whose power connection had been cut due to non-payment of bills, will have a one time waiver and their power reconnected. The subsidy per litre of milk would be increased from two to four rupees to benefit farmers starting from today. And the promised 30 kg of rice per month at just one rupee per kg to below poverty line families would start in June.
The deceased was identified as Manjappa, a resident of Bangalore, who collapsed near gate number seven while coming out after the function attended by nearly 50,000 Congress supporters from across the state.
Mr Siddaramaiah, who has the distinction of presenting as many as seven state budgets as Finance Minister, pipped veteran Congress leader and Union Labour Minister M Mallikarjuna Kharge in a straight contest.
People were disappointed with the internal problems in BJP. We humbly accept the defeat. We will sit in opposition and do our work, says Venkaiah Naidu
Buoyed by the Congress' showing in Karnataka, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in a lighter moment, turned into a TV reporter today. The senior Congress leader grabbed a mike from a television reporter and thrust it front of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh as the latter emerged from Parliament.
- Not disappointed with performance
- People have asked us to sit in the opposition
- On question of father-son party 'what can I say about national parties?'
- No point debating corruption in Parliament
- Let the Congress give good clean governance - people have given them a chance
- Will contest Lok Sabha alone
- Siddaramaiah deserves to be considered for chief minister. He has done a good job
- I have not indicated that I want to be chief minister, aspiring to be chief minister is not a sin. I never asked for oil ministry. I was given in interest of the nation
- Leader in Karnataka has to be made in the interest of the state. Full co-operation with Centre and state leadership
- BJP is so insensitive to the judiciary, the CBI matter is sub-judice. We are waiting for the court's verdict. The Parliament is the platform for discussion. These matters must be discussed
- BJP has fallen to the third place in Karnataka. There is no introspection. On the national front this will happen to them again
A sense of the change in political winds in Karnataka is also evident with how Bangalore has voted. The state capital, which favoured the BJP last time with hopes of development, has given the latter a thumbs down, opting instead for the Congress.
- We will give a pro-people government, a corruption free government to the people of Karnataka
- BJP must know that people were fed up of their corruption
- I want to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh (calls him Manmohan Gandhi by mistake)
- Rahul's rallies made a difference in Karnataka
- No Modi factor in Karnataka
- I am a strong contender, CM decision will be made by congress high command
Janardan Dwivedi on Congress' win
- I see it differently
- Respect of the present
- It is the loss of the policies of the opposition and their ideology and views are not accepted by the public
- It is the win of the policies of Congress
- It is a loss of our opposition's policies
Congress General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry, Rahul Gandhi's aide says:
- Can't say who will be the chief minister. MLAs can choose their leader
- Can't say if someone from the Centre will come to rule in Karnataka
- I congratulate the people of Karnataka. The President, Vice-President worked very hard along with the Congress leaders to ensure victory in Karnataka
- There was hardly any governance in Karnataka for the past two-three years. It was disgusting
- Rahul rallied in nine places. It is not a small thing. Not a joke
- The chief minister will be decided as early as possible
- If the Congress party thinks I am fit for the office then I can be considered
- I should not be considered because I am a Dalit
- Whatever the high command decides, I'll abide by that
- In Congress party everybody is capable and it is up to the high command to decide
- After elections Congress will send observers
- MLAs will also be taken into consideration
- Ultimately the party high command will take the decision on who will be chief minister
- Even now I have failed to get the blessings of North Karnataka numbers
- We will fight against Congress like we fought against BJP
- We will sit in the Opposition; Congress will not come to our house, there are other small parties
- Our party is not a father-son party. Because of Deve Gowda there is an opposition to the Congress in Karnataka
- I want to resign as an MP and retain my MLA post
- I want to stay in Karnataka and win the confidence of the people
- People have given Congress one more chance
- Siddaramaiah is Congress decision
- He is totally antagonist to the party; he is working to finish JD(S) here
- We can't decide who will be Congress chief minister
- How the Congress will present the next chief minister nobody can predict
The Congress looks poised to form the next government in Karnataka but it could have another fight on its hands. There now appears to be a tough race within the party for who the next chief minister will be.
For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it appears to be game over in Karnataka. The party, which broke into the Congress' bastion, forming its first government in the state five years ago, now appears to be struggling to garner even half of the 110 seats it won last time. BS Yeddyurappa, who quit the party last year, has only added to its woes.
- Congress will form the government, that was on expected line
- BJP has reached number three and we will for the government
- Exposes propaganda unleashed by BJP leaders
BJP's Prakash Javadekar to NDTV
- Different sections of society vote differently but one leader does make a difference
- We are a thinking party and we will definitely take lessons from this
- BJP has been exposed in front of the people
- They are not allowing parliament to work
- I believe Congress will come in majority now
- We have been benefited with Rahul Gandhi ji's work
BJP's Sadanada Gowda on poll trends
- Not the time to comment right now. We will wait for another hour. Changes could happen
- JD(S) is doing better than BJP. We could not do as expected. It is a setback
- Don't know why this is happened and how. Will have to analysis the situation
- Yeddyurappa has been effective us to a considerable level
- Anti-Congress mindset in Karnataka as well. Expected 130 seats but that hasn't happened either
- On coalition I cannot say anything, will have to decide
- Numbers very less. Very surprised
- BJP will do well in areas where Modi campaigned
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).
- My take is once the Lok Sabha elections are there national issues will come to the fore
- This accidental fluke victory of the Congress because of the split in BJP votes
- The BJP will do not as badly as you are apprehending. We will certainly remain the second largest party
Senior Congress leader K Siddaramaiah today said even Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi campaigning in the state has not been able to arrest the BJP's slide. "What magic he (Narendra Modi) has? No magic," he said, on being asked about Mr Modi's impact. "He is an RSS man, Karnataka is a secular state," he added.
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An hour into counting of votes in Karnataka, the Congress has got over a sluggish start to show big gains in early trends. It is also already clear that the BJP is not staging a comeback.
- I have full confidence that Karnataka's public will give us full support
- And once again Congress will form a Government
- I am confident that for stability the people will support us
Congress' Karnataka chief Dr G Parameshwara says:
- Congress mandate is providing stable government
- After the first and second round, we will get a clear indication as to who is leading
- People of Karnataka know the real colour of BJP, have been trying to educate the people for who is good for them
- My analysis: we should cross 120 seats
- The high command will decide the chief minister. Party will elect a leader
- Having many leaders in Karnataka is an advantage and also a disadvantage
Counting has begun in Karnataka and leads are rolling in fast. Early trends show the ruling BJP is in trouble, seeming to concede ground in about half their seats. But the Congress is not yet gaining big either.
BJP's senior leader and former chief minister Sadananda Gowda had admitted that the party was looking at only around 80 seats. If early trends turn to results that figure could be much lower.
The majority mark in the 224 member assembly is 113. Last time the BJP won 110 - and made up the difference with the help of independents.
When asked whether Narendra Modi's magic did not work in Karnataka, Congress' Siddaramaiah said, "What magic, Modi has no magic."
He also says people wanted a clean, stable government so voted for Congress and that if the party comes to power in Karnataka, it will definitely make an impact on voters in the 2014 general elections.
The Congress and JDS are leading in two seats each and Yeddyurappa's party, KJP, is leading in one.
"No matter what the circumstance may be, I keep calm and never worry too much. Yes, I do feel bad that I didn't get much time. But even in the little time I have done some good work," the Karnataka Chief Minister told NDTV.
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The capital city which has earned notoriety for low polling, the balloting pace had yet not picked up as only 30 percent of the city's seven million voters exercised their franchise, an election official told reporters.
Many consider May 5 an auspicious day to get married. But wedding celebrations wasn't an excuse for this couple in Hubli not to head out and vote. As voting is in a single phase in the state, who will marry who for the next five years to form the government? Congress and KJP? Or BJP and JDS?
After an initial burst, voter turnout in the Karnataka Assembly polls lost momentum in the afternoon apparently due to the searing heat, with an estimated 25-30 per cent voters exercising their franchise till 1 PM.
Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy steps out of a polling booth in Bangalore
Mohandas Pai, former member of the board at Infosys casts his vote in Bangalore.
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar voting in Hubli
Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas casting his vote in Bangalore.
Congress leader and former Member of Parliament from Karnataka, BK Hariprasad, after he casts his vote in Bangalore
BJP General Secretary and Member of Parliament from Bangalore South, Ananth Kumar stepped out early this morning to vote
Polling for the Karnataka Assembly elections began on a strong note today. Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements for peaceful and smooth conduct of polls, which commenced at 7am.
Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu who voted in Bangalore this morning said he was confident that people would vote the BJP again and the government would see Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar returning to the post.
Mr Yeddyurappa, the BJP's first Chief Minister who quit the party last year and set up the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), was among the early voters from his constituency of Shikaripura. "Here, I am going to get absolute majority. We will be the single-largest party and will form the government," he said.
Leader of the Opposition an Congress' Siddaramaiah says his party is not in talks with either Janata Dal (Secular) or B S Yeddyurappa's KJP. "We will not need any help from any party," he says.