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The Karnataka election result is a colossal failure for Rahul Gandhi

The Karnataka election result is a colossal failure for Rahul Gandhi, who was promoted to Congress president a few months ago.


Rahul Gandhi's Epic Karnataka Defeat Broken Down In 10 Points


The Karnataka election result is a colossal failure for Rahul Gandhi, who was promoted to Congress president a few months ago.

Story Highlights

  • Failure for Rahul Gandhi, who was promoted to Congress president recently
  • Congress now runs only 2 states in the country, BJP has 21 of 29
  • BJP win a sharp rejoinder to exit polls which forecast a huge assembly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered a huge win for his party today, proving that his popularity remains undiminished in an election that was seen as a primer for the national election next year. Karnataka has voted out the Congress government of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah; the party now runs just three states in the entire country; the BJP governs 21 of 29. The result is a colossal failure for Rahul Gandhi, who was promoted to Congress president a few months ago.

Mr Gandhi, 47, led the Congress bid for re-election in Karnataka, a state which has not provided successive terms to any government in nearly 30 years. Apart from his rallies, Mr Gandhi visited a series of temples in Karnataka along with large maths or seminaries. He was accused by critics of parading "soft Hindutva" as a more palatable version of Hindu primacy.


Mr Gandhi in turn accused the PM of dispensing low blows unbecoming of his office in the way that Mr Modi invoked Sonia Gandhi's Italian origin in a series of speeches. In one, Mr Modi said Mr Gandhi, not known for his oratorial skills, was welcome to try Italian if he were more comfortable in it.