All the apprehensions will go away, " Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, said while reacting to the results of the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Karnataka election results had set the course for a "bigger victory" for the BJP and the NDA in the 2019 general elections.
However, the BJP can stake claim to form government on "moral grounds" as it is the single largest party, said Raut, whose party is in an uneasy alliance with the saffron party in Maharashtra and at the Centre. This means it will be a four-way fight with the Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress and local outfit Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) trying to make a cut in a contest that is very crucial for the BJP, because every contestant wants to beat it. The election in Jayanagar segment was countermanded in the wake of the demise of BJP candidate BN Vijaya Kumar on May 4. In such a scenario, HD Deve Gowda's JD (S) is likely to emerge as a kingmaker since its support would be crucial in government formation in Karnataka.
For the Palus Kadegaon assembly bypoll, Vishwajit Kadam is the lone candidate in fray after BJP withdrew its nominee. There are 219 women, too, among the aspirants. "The BJP's politics in this regard is better than that of the Congress", he remarked. There had been some reports on the day of voting, that the EVM at the Hebbal Constituency, was either faulty or tampered with, as even as people pushed any button, the vote wen to BJP. "It is in national interest that the Congress and the JD (S) are coming together", said NCP leader DP Tripathi.
Alluding to the alleged misuse of EVMs by the BJP, Uddhav said: "If the BJP is so confident about winning polls, it should once hold the polls using ballot papers so as to remove the doubts in the minds of the people". Siddaramaiah on Sunday sounded confident of Congress retaining power and added that this was his last election. While the NCP will contest the Bhandara-Gondia seat, the Congress will fight the Palghar seat.