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                 CRUSHES MODI

          The grand old party scores an emphatic victory over BJP whose campaign was led by Prime

         Minister Narendra Modi. Does Congress now have an advantage for more assembly elections
                                            in 2023 and the national election in 2024?

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        Bengaluru/New Delhi
             ubilant Congress workers across
             the  country  started  celebrating
        Jas the grand old party edged
        towards victory in the Karnataka As-
        sembly  elections  on  Saturday.  The
        party  workers  gathered at Congress
        headquarters  in  Uttar  Pradesh, As-
        sam, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Hary-
        ana, Jharkhand, and Bihar to dis-
        tribute  sweets.  They  also  danced  in
        the streets to the tune of drums and
        waved flags.
            Congress president Mallikarjun
        Kharge said the party’s victory in Kar-
        nataka  is  an  outcome  of  “collective
        work” of party leaders and workers
        and that the party would work to-
        wards  consensus  to  choose  its  chief
        ministerial  candidate.  Talking  to  re-
        porters as the trends showed an em-
        phatic Congress victory, Kharge said
        people of all communities voted for
        the Congress. He said the party will
        work  towards  fulfilling  its  election
            Congress  won  an  emphatic  vic-
        tory in Karnataka polls on Saturday,
        pushing BJP out of power in the only   Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with party leaders addresses the media at AICC in New Delhi on Saturday (ANI Photo/Amit Sharma)
        southern state it ruled, and boosting
        its  own  prospects  for  the  electoral   emerged as the single largest party   taka with even more vigour in the   is  to  choose  a  chief  ministerial  can-
        battles ahead. Congress has won 137   with 104 seats, Congress won 80 seats   times  to  come.  “Congratulations  to   didate with both state Congress chief
        seats,  comfortably  crossing  the  half-  and JD(S) got 37 seats.  the  Congress  Party  for  their  victory   DK  Shivakumar  and  former  chief
        way  mark  in  the  224-member  Kar-  The Congress victory has come at   in the Karnataka Assembly polls. My   minister Siddaramaiah aspirants for
        nataka  assembly.  Bharatiya  Janata   a time when it is seeking momentum   best wishes to them in fulfilling peo-  the post.
        Party is poised to win 65 seats. JD(S)  ahead of assembly polls later this year   ple’s aspirations,” PM Modi said in a   Congress leader and former MP
        won 19 seats, independents have won   in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,   tweet.                       Rahul Gandhi hailed the party’s vic-
        two seats, while Kalyana Rajya Prag-  Rajasthan and Telangana and the Lok   “I thank all those who have sup-  tory in Karnataka assembly polls and
        athi Paksha and Sarvodaya Karnataka   Sabha polls next year.        ported us in the Karnataka elections.   said that people of the state defeated
        Paksha won one seat each.             Prime Minister Narendra Modi   I  appreciate  the  hardwork  of  BJP   the “politics of hate”. Speaking to re-
            An  incumbent  government  has   congratulated Congress over its victo-  Karyakartas. We shall serve Karnata-  porters at the Congress headquarters
        not returned to power in Karnataka   ry in assembly polls. He appreciated   ka with even more vigour in the times   in the national capital, Rahul Gandhi
        after  a  full  term  of  five  years  since   the hard work of BJP workers and   to come,” he added.  said that the Congress stood with the
        1985. In the 2018 assembly polls, BJP   said that the party will serve Karna-  The next task for the Congress   Continued on next page... >>

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