In a tweet, the Karnataka BJP said specifically that voters repudiated the Grand Old Party's "corruption, nepotism, and dynasty politics" - that final barb an obvious reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has controlled the Congress for most of India's post-independence history.
"If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once", Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results.More news: Emilia Clarke says that the #MeToo movement needs work to be sustained
However, the BJP can stake claim to form government on "moral grounds" as it is the single largest party, said Raut, whose party is in an uneasy alliance with the saffron party in Maharashtra and at the Centre.
The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) were the main contenders among other national, regional and fringe parties in the May 12 elections. Several exit polls have earlier predicted a hung Assembly with no major political party seem to be gaining a clear majority in the state.More news: Diesel prices set to cross Rs. 70 a litre
In Karnataka, NCP has given unconditional support to Congress. While Karnataka Assembly has 225 seats, voting takes place for 224 constituencies as one is a nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community. Among the candidates are four sitting and former chief ministers - the current CM Siddaramaiah, former BJP chief ministers BS Yeddyurappa and Jagdish Shettar, and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy.
In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested for the seats, which had 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.More news: Nokia X6: What we know so far
Talking to mediapersons here after the declaration of results of Karnataka assembly elections, Mr Patil said, "People do not believe in EVMs and numerous prominent people in the country are talking about possibility of tampering of EVMs in favour of a particular party". While the NCP will contest the Bhandara-Gondia seat, the Congress will fight the Palghar seat.