With back to back wins, Modi's electoral promise of Congress-Mukt Bahart is almost there

New Delhi, May 15: Is there a message for Congress from other parties? Should Congress and other political parties now think seriously of coming under a single umbrella, supressing all egos and logics? This may be sensed in the Mamta Bannerji's tweet, " Congratulations to the winners of the Karnataka elections. For those who lost, fight back. If Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different. Very different." So, BJP is on its way to form government in the 22nd state with a clear win in Karnataka.Congress is now just in three outt of 29 states. The Congress at its peak held sway over 18 states in 1994. Narendra Modi's electoral promise of a Congress-mukt Bharat is more than a possibility with back-to-back wins since its spectacular victory in 2014.The BJP is not ruling in seven states out of 29: Kerala (UDF), Tamil Nadu (AIADMK), Puducherry (Congress), West Bengal (Trinamool Congress), Odisha (BJD), Mizoram (Congress), Punjab (Congress).This is the first time in the history of India that one single party has helmed the political mandate of the people in so many states.This is one of those few election results where all predictions, all surveys and all opinion polls have gone wrong, terribly wrong. The Kanataka Assembly Election was very important as it was being seen as a precurssor to th General Elctions of 2019. It was battle of wits and prestidge for both Congress and BJP. BJP appeared a bit jittery at initial stage as almost all political pundits had predictd a victory for Congress seeing the political accumen of Siddaramaiah. But the whol cocotion proved wrong and all prdictions fell lik a pack of cards.This was one of the most high-profile and bitterly fought elections in the recent times, a total of 222 of the 224 seats went for polls involving a three-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S). The polling percentage in the May 12 elections has been put at 72.13 per  cent. As the BJP inched towards the halfway mark and then crossed the magical figure of 114 seats, it was a huge setback for the Congress for the state.The BJP will hold a meeting of its parliamentary board in the evening. The party has planned huge celebrations to mark its win in Karnataka which coincides with the Modi government's fourth anniversary, say reports.BJP president Amit Shah will be going to the party HQ in New Delhi at 1 pm.Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said that winner of Karnataka elections will win the 2019 polls.News24Bureau with Agencies