Another election and again, the Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of its President Amit Shah with B.S. Yeddyurappa as its Chief Ministerial candidate and Narendra Modi’s campaign, the party is all set to form its government in Karnataka.
There were indications right from the beginning that the voters were in favour of BJP, however, some Congress supporters were overconfident of their party’s victory, much like the manner in which Rahul Gandhi asserted that he will be the Prime Minister should Congress emerge as the single largest party next year.
Prakash Raj had already announced that there was no way the BJP could win the Karnataka Assembly elections.
Come tomorrow… I trust and believe Karnataka will not let BJP form the government.. it’s gonna answer people who are in denial of what the country is waking up to .. WE #justasking are focused to continue to stand by the citizens ..n pressure WHO EVER comes next …to Deliver
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) May 14, 2018
Rajdeep Sardesai conceded that he was preparing to wipe the egg of his face.
Almost ready to wipe the egg yolk off my face.. Chanakya C Voter rifht, Axis wrong.. BJP sweeping to a 21st state win! #ResultOnKarnataka
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 15, 2018
As this tweet indicates, we can expect an apology from him sometime during the day.
If our poll goes wrong, I will apologise on behalf of my pollster and take responsibility.. But what of those channels/pollsters who keep getting it wrong and yet shamelessly continue to do polls? #AxisExitPollhttps://t.co/hvnnxodbyb
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 13, 2018
Some are still back to peddling a narrative that has lost favour with everyone, even their friends in the media.
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) May 15, 2018
Some supporters also believed that the momentum was with the Congress.
Give credit where due… Rahul has run a strong campaign.. Congress is closing well… momentum is with them.. BJP desperation tactics wont work
— arun giri (@arungiri) May 10, 2018
The Karnataka Assembly Elections are done and dusted but Congress President Rahul Gandhi hasn’t gotten there yet but good news for his supporters, he is getting there.
— Rupashree Nanda (@rupashreenanda) May 10, 2018
And the spokesperson of the Congress party hugely overestimated their performance in the state as well.
I stuck my neck out before the Gujarat Election and said that the INC tally would not be less than 80. Let me stick my neck out again well before the Karnataka election results are out: INC will not get less than 110.
— Brijesh Kalappa (@brijeshkalappa) May 13, 2018
It will be interesting to see the manner in which the Congress party shifts the entire blame for its defeat on Siddaramaiah and the state unit since it’s a foregone conclusion that Rahul Gandhi cannot be held accountable under any circumstances.