Karnataka has delivered its verdict and BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats. The state was one of the very last that the grand old party ruled and the loss is going to have a big impact. Though the state has delivered a fractured mandate, for Congress to be scrambling for alliances to retain power in itself shows how it lost grip over the last large state it governed.
While the results were pouring in, Twitter users had a field day with memes, jokes and sarcastic tweets.
Reminding Congress that Punjab is now the only major state they rule:
New party symbol of Congress pic.twitter.com/VOIZYq8W4J
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) May 15, 2018
CM Siddaramaiah will not be pleased to have irritating neighbours knocking on his doors.
Hello @siddaramaiah Sir, Only one question for you.
SUJI HAI? ?? pic.twitter.com/LrDEY1pq6p
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) May 15, 2018
IT cell head Divya Spandana had reportedly done a lot of hard work for this election. From instructing workers to create multiple accounts to hiring bots for social media ‘resurgence’, she has done it all. Sadly Twitter brawny points did not get her votes on the ground.
Haha.. Ramya was an MP from Mandya. Today Congress got 0 out of 7 in Mandya district.
Moral: Just trolling PM Modi on Twitter won’t get votes. Kazakhstan bots don’t vote in India ??#KarnatakaVerdict
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) May 15, 2018
Congress had repeatedly mocked and attacked UP CM Yogi Adityanath over the course of the campaign. Twitter users were quick to remind.
— Captain Jack Sparrow (@PirateSparow97) May 15, 2018
As expected, many Congress leaders and supporters started blaming EVMs early. Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa started it in Karnataka on the very day of the elections.
#Breaking: #EVM Scientist Tehseen Poonawalla reports massive EVM hacking in #KarnatakaVoting, claims BJP is definitely going to win Election by cheating. #KarnatakaVerdict #KarnatakaElection2018 @INCIndia @RahulGandhi #KarnatakaResults pic.twitter.com/EWRhamQQVB
— SYED ABDUL NASER (@IamNaser32) May 15, 2018
Twitter just loves Rahul Gandhi, not only is he the star pracharak for BJP as its supporters claim, he also provides massive raw material for memes.
@AajKaCharcha @PTI_News @republic @ANI @ZeeNews Request all Social Media, @BJP4India & @narendramodi जी Fans not to Demote by this Kind of ParleG Biscuit post because देश के बहुत सारे बच्चे और बड़े बिस्कुट काते हैं @RahulGandhi के वजे से इस biscuit कंपनी को लुक्सान ना पौंछे । pic.twitter.com/SIqAIjFwDX
— KVLNSWAMY (@kvlnswamy) May 15, 2018
While BJP has not managed to secure a majority by winning 104 seats, the Karnataka mandate is widely being discussed as an anti-Congress one. BJP and Congress+JD(S) are both in the race to prove majority and stake claim to form the government. While the Karnataka political hot pot brews, social media provides the much needed comic relief.