Going by the latest results the Bhartiya Janata Party has churned up a considerable lead over its competitors in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018.
Twitter, as always, was abuzz with activities. Here’s how the politicians and the political parties reacted to BJP’s surge.
Vijay Goyal coloured Karnataka Saffron captioned by a filmy dialogue.
बहुमत है भारी..
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) May 15, 2018
Prakash Raj who actively countered the BJP’s view through his Just Asking company received a dressing down from social commentator and ad man Suhel Seth with his two cents on Prakash Raj’s political career.
This is a moral defeat for Prakash Raj. Forget Bollywood, the bloke won’t even have a role in Panchayati Politics.
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) May 15, 2018
One of the early responses to come from the political community was by Omar Abdullah who aptly described the situation from Shakespeare’s Julius Caeser:
He also took a dig at the Indian political drama through a rather snide tweet by saying:
Please save this tweet for future reference. If I win it was all my charm & hard work. If I lose it’s all down to those blasted EVMs.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 15, 2018
Many BJP politicians dedicated the BJP’s performance to PM Modi and party supremo Amit Shah.
This is a historic mandate! People once again reiterate their faith & confidence in the leadership of @narendramodi ji.
— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) May 15, 2018
History in the making as BJP emerges as the largest party in #Karnataka Assembly. Congratulate our inspiring leaders PM Shri @narendramodi and Shri @AmitShah ji who worked tirelessly to turn the tide. Karnataka has spoken! #KarnatakaElections2018
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) May 15, 2018
I congratulate the people of Karnataka for reposing their faith in the leadership of PM @narendramodi ji and @AmitShah ji by giving a historical mandate to @BJP4Karnataka.This victory is a precursor of the inevitable @BJP4India victory in 2019 elections. #KarnatakaVerdict— Dr Raman Singh (@drramansingh) May 15, 2018
Most of Siddaramaiah’s Cabinet is sent home packing. It just shows how much anti incumbency was actually on the ground and how all the pollsters failed to notice it.
Congress’s corruption, nepotism & dynasty politics has been rejected lock, stock & barrel by Karnataka
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 15, 2018
In Karnataka, TDP n Chandrababu Naidu have used all tactics to dissuade Telugu voters from supporting BJP. But in Hyderabad Karnataka where most Telugus live, BJP has increased its tally from 6 to 20+. People have rejected CBN’s politics. Our Southward March has begun.— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) May 15, 2018
Mamata Banerjee congratulated the winners but not without a piece of advice for those who lost.
Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 15, 2018
Clearly BJP is the winner in Karnataka
We failed & we accept the defeat. It’s not easy to defeat Modi when you are mild,decent, mannered and speak the truth.
We also did not market our achievements,did not spend resources for cadre & did not build electoral strategies!
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) May 15, 2018
Laughing off the EVM ghost!
— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
However, as the day progressed and it dawned upon the leaders that BJP, despite emerging as the largest party, has fallen short of the halfway mark required for a majority. Prime Miniter Narendra Modi, nonetheless, thanked the people of Karnataka.
I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP’s development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute the stupendous work of @BJP4Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2018
Modi’s trusted leituinant also expressed his token of thanks.
I thank people of Karnataka for voting BJP as the single largest party. This mandate clearly reflects that Karnataka has rejected Congress’s corruption, dynastic politics and divisive casteism.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 15, 2018
Kerala Tourism sensed an opportunity in the nailbiting finish.
After the rough and tumble of the #KarnatakaVerdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe & beautiful resorts of God’s Own Country. #ComeOutAndPlay pic.twitter.com/BthNZQSLCC— Kerala Tourism (@KeralaTourism) May 15, 2018
In the end, the Reddys will win.
— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) May 15, 2018