Conduct elections through ballot papers: Uddhav Thackeray

Conduct elections through ballot papers: Uddhav Thackeray

Airing a similar view, Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said the Congress was well positioned in Karnataka and there was no anti-incumbency against the Siddaramaiah government. "If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav said.

He also lauded Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's efforts during this campaign.

Patle, a former BJP leader, had been instrumental in several farmer agitations in the state. "There is a difference between what was in people's mind and the situation that has emerged", Patil said. He also said, "The doubts about EVM are serious".

According to the Election Commission, BJP has now won 17 seats and is leading in 89.

The governor would find himself in a quandary if the Congress and the JD (S) join hands and establish that they have support of 116 MLAs, he said, describing the Congress's decision to back the latter as a "cunning move". Even history is against him as no party has been able to win two consecutive Karnataka Assembly elections since the Janata Dal's victory in 1983 and 1985. But, according to sources, after Congress leadership personally intervened and discussed with NCP leadership, latter chose to walk out from an alliance and support Congress.

"Presently, the BJP wave has receded and hence, the NCP and the Congress have come together to contest elections", he said.

BJP party has shown its influence over the public in Karnataka elections 2018, as the party takes a huge lead on the opposition Congress party and it seems that it is ready to dominate a large chunk of the country. Mr Thackeray is continuously raising doubts over functioning of EVM for quiet some time.