New Delhi: Congress won the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2023 as they gained a majority with 135 seats out of the total 224. While Congress called it a defeat of PM Narendra Modi, the outgoing Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai did not agree with the claim and added that he is a national leader. Bommai addressed the media and accepted the defeat ‘humbly’.
CM Bommai, who won the Shiggaon seat, said that state BJP President Nalin Kateel will not step down from his post. He added that the BJP MLAs met in the office and discussed about the issues.
The state president Nalin Kateel will not step down. Today, some MLAs were present at the state BJP office. We accepted our defeat humbly. This is not PM Modi’s defeat, he is a national leader. The Congress leadership has lost in the entire country: Outgoing Karnataka CM… pic.twitter.com/ZkBpJHUVKP
— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2023
On Congress targetting PM Modi after the defeat, Bommai said that this is not PM Modi’s defeat as he is a national leader. He added that the Congress’ central leadership has lost at the national level.
Coming back from the informal meeting, the outgoing CM that the MLAs had a meeting with Kateel and discussed certain issues. He added that the party will shortly call elected representatives and the leaders who contested the polls for in-depth analysis, looking forward to the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh repeatedly called it a defeat of PM Modi. The Prime Minister has come into the question as he was one of the star campaigners for the BJP and held big road shows and rallies in the state. PM Modi also targeted Congress on issues like ‘Bajrang Bali’ and cursing him, but the efforts did not bore the desired results.
BJP won 66 seats and JD(S) got 19 while Congress swept the polls.
Congress is set to have their CLP meeting and discussions to soon announce the name for the CM post. Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and the party’s state president DK Shivakumar are the two prominent names in the race to become the CM.