New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday gave credit to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi for the party's good showing in BJP-ruled Karnataka.
" I would like to thank the people of Karnataka for voting the Congress party to victory, and the credit for this should also be given to our leaders Dr Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who led from the front to ensure the party's victory in his BJP-ruled state," Khurshid told media here
Echoing similar sentiments, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy thanked Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul for the party's comfortable victory here.
"I am very grateful to people of Karnataka for voting in favour of Congress, which have always given top priority to the development unlike BJP which has misused power and indulged in corruption," he added
The Congress was set to return to power in Karnataka, with its candidates leading in more than 112 seats.
While the ruling BJP has been pushed to the third spot, leading only in 35 seats. The Janata Dal-Secular is leading in 42 seats.
As per the latest trends, the Karnataka Janatha Paksha, which is led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, is leading in 11 seats.
Counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly elections, which witnessed a 70.23 per cent voter turnout on May 5, began this morning at 8 a.m. amidst tight security.
The results of the vote count will decide who will occupy each of the 223 seats up for grabs in the state assembly.
For the Congress, it is a day of high anxiety, when a possible triumph for the party in Karnataka could be offset by a possible embarrassment in the Supreme Court which will be hearing the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI's) fresh affidavit on the coal block allocation case.
Congress leaders are hoping to get some respite from the apex court and a Karnataka win, which would help the party give a positive political spin to their strategy for the 2014 general elections.
From the BJP's point of view, a loss would force it rejig political strategy and probably move away from its single point agenda of highlighting the graft of the Congress.
In the 2008 elections, BJP secured 110 seats, three short of majority and formed the government with the help of five independents who were made ministers. Congress bagged 80 seats and JD-S 28. The overall voter turnout then was 64.91 per cent.