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Course set for bigger win in 2019: Fadnavis on K'taka polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Chief Minister today said the election results had set the course for a "bigger victory" for the BJP and the NDA in the 2019

"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 the election strategy of

"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 Lok Sabha polls," he added.

According to (EC) figures at 4 pm, the BJP had won 78 seats and was leading in 26 Assembly segments in Karnataka, well on course to emerge as the single largest party in the southern state.

The ruling had won 49 seats and was leading in 29 constituencies.

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 B S 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.

Though development was a part of the political discourse, it was overtaken by a slanging match between the two parties over corruption.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 16:30 IST