BJP likely to recapture power in Karnataka with a wafer thin margin
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who was losing massively in his home turf of Chamundeshwari by over 35,000 votes, was however leading by over 4000 votes in Badami. The Party leaders have huddled into a meeting at Mr Siddaramaiah's residence to discuss the next course of action, while celebrations were galore at the BJP campMost of the Ministers of the Siddaramaiah government were on the losing side showing a clear anti incumbency wave, though it was not visible during the campaign period. Some who would survive the onslaught included Ministers D K Shivakumar in Kanakapura, K J George who was leading comfortably in Sarvagna Nagar, Rposhan Baig in Shivajii Nagar and water resources Minister M B Patilin Bableshwar. Among the losers were Ramanath Rai in Udupi.
For BJP Chief Ministerial Candidate B S Yeddyurappa was comfortably leading in Shikaripura. Janata Dal (Secular) which is likely to maintain its 2013 position saw its president H D Kumaraswamy leading in both Channapatna and Ramanagara. It has maintained its traditional hold in southern Karnataka and had eaten into the Congress seats in Mysuru.
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