Wed, 08 May 2013 11:45:00 GMT | By ANI

Karnataka poll trends not surprising: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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

Karnataka poll trends not surprising: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (© Reuters)

New Delhi: With initial trends suggesting a comfortable win for the Congress Party in Karnataka, BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said his party's poll debacle in the state was not surprising.

"Election results are always a lesson for all political parties. This is not at all surprising," Naqvi said. "We will discuss everything once all the results are announced. We will correct our mistakes for the future," he added. He further said that victory in a particular state does not mean that the electorate of India has given the Congress a mandate to rule.

As per the latest trends, Congress is leading in 112 of the 223 seats up for grabs, while the ruling BJP is leading in 36. Janata Dal-Secular candidates were leading in 42, while the Karnataka Janatha Paksha, which is led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, is leading in 13 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.

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