Invoking the famous English playwright Shakespeare, Mr Abdullah used a phrase from one of his plays "Julius Caesar". "Et tu Karnataka," Mr Abdullah wrote in a tweet. "Et tu" is a Latin phrase which means "you also".
"Et Tu" were the words uttered by Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's sublime tragedy when Caesar's best friend Brutus stabbed him. Karnataka is the 22nd state in the country where the BJP, ruling at the centre, is poised to form government. Mr Abdullah's followers understood the reference and a user wrote "It looks like Abdullah ji is frustrated with people's opinion".
Several exit polls had suggested a hung assembly in Karnataka where the Congress had won in 122 constituencies in 2013.
Defeat in Karnataka would mean Congress would now rule only in Mizoram, Punjab and Puducherry.
(With inputs from agenices)
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