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BJP set for bigger mandate in 2019: Fadnavis on K'taka polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

As the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls today, Maharashtra said it was set for a bigger mandate in the 2019 election and lauded for "converting" the people's trust in into votes.

"The wave of hope created by has now been transformed into a wave of faith and the people have expressed it through their mandate," he told

said the poll outcome in the southern state was a "mandate of faith" in the and the credit for it should go to Shah's election strategy.

"My congratulations to B S Yeddyurappa and the people of This has set the course for a bigger victory of the BJP and the NDA in the 2019 polls," he added.

The further said that looking at the "unprecedented" poll triumphs of the BJP under Modi, it was clear that the prime minister had become the most people-friendly leader since Independence.

"I congratulate for the way he plans (fighting) elections and helps convert the trust in Modiji into votes," he said.

According to figures, the has won 78 seats, the JD(S) 37 and the BJP 103 in and the saffron party is leading in one more seat.

The halfway mark is 112 in the 224-member Assembly. Voting for two seats is yet to take place.

Like all the state polls since he assumed power in New Delhi, Modi had helmed the BJP's adrenaline-charged campaign in Karnataka, despite the party having declared Yeddyurappa its chief ministerial candidate, while had spearheaded the campaign of his party.

Modi had launched a blitzkrieg on May 1, addressing a number of rallies in his bid to wrest the key southern state, which Shah had dubbed as the party's "gateway to the south", from the

The prime minister had addressed at least three rallies every day when he was in Karnataka, or else, interacted with the workers of the BJP's different frontal organisations through the "Namo" app.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 22:15 IST
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