BJP defeats detractors
Just a month ago, the BJP was almost written off. Then entered Narendra Modi, whose campaigning galvanized Kannada voters to rally behind the so-called "North Indian party". Today, the Hindu nationalist party has emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka, proving that Modi wave is not over.
Contrary to the perception that BJP has no much traction in rural Karnataka, it has actually done better than its chief rival, Congress. "BJP is leading in 77 seats in Rural Karnataka. A gain of 48 seats from the last polls. Congress leading on 49 rural seats. A loss of 35 seats from the last polls. This is important in the context of pundits suggesting that rural areas were moving away from Modi," observes journalist Rahul Kanwal.
As per psephologist Yashwant Deshmukh, BJP has won female and first-time voters in the Kannada state. "The FTV (First-time voter) has turned table cutting across the caste arithmetic. Worked in favor of Congress in Gujarat. But against Congress in Karnataka. Big time."