Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting gave a standing ovation to the people of Karnataka to vote for the BJP in the state by-elections and thanked the voters for the party’s “record margin” victory.
ANI news agency quoted Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi saying, “During the meeting, we gave a standing ovation to welcome the Prime Minister. But, the Prime Minister while congratulating Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, state ministers and BJP leadership in Karnataka, he gave a standing ovation to the people of Karnataka.”
“We won by a record margin and we also won two seats where we had not won before. The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the people of Karnataka. The Prime Minister hoped that development would progress rapidly with a stable government,” Joshi said quoting Modi.
The BJP registered a landslide victory in the Karnataka by-elections on Monday, winning 12 of the 15 seats, and the Congress managed just two seats in the 224-member house and failed to open the JD (S).
With these results, the BJP now has 117 MLAs and the state assembly now has 222 MLAs. The four-month-old Yeddyurappa-led government now has a majority in the House, which equals a magical number of 112.