India’s opposition Congress set to win Karnataka state ballot



India’s principal opposition Congress get together was set to win elections on Saturday within the southern state of Karnataka defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP), TV channels mentioned, an enormous increase forward of nationwide elections due subsequent yr.

The election is the primary of 5 essential state polls this yr which are seen as setting the tone for parliamentary elections due in April and Could 2024.

It is usually the primary huge electoral face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and Congress since Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was convicted of defamation in March and in consequence misplaced his parliament seat.

The victory can be solely the second state win for the embattled Congress in additional than 4 years.

Karnataka, which was dominated by BJP, voted on Wednesday and votes had been counted on Saturday.

Congress is ready to win round 130 seats in opposition to about 65 for BJP, the TV channels confirmed as vote counting progressed. A celebration wants 113 seats to win a easy majority of the 224 within the state legislature.

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