In a victory that surpassed even its own expectations, the BJP in Karnataka bagged 25 of the 27 Lok Sabha seats it contested.
There had been strong opposition to Gowda contesting from Tumkur from the incumbent Congress LS member SP Muddahanume Gowda and former Madhugiri Congress MLA KN Rajanna.
As the BJP badly mauled the ruling coalition, Kumaraswamy conceded defeat and said he respected the mandate of the people.
Cong high command asks top leaders to ensure survival; HDK ready to ‘sacrifice’ party president, says a source
The Congress-JDS coalition government, headed by H D Kumaraswamy, completes one year on May 23, an anniversary marked by a struggle to survive.
Gowda, a former Karnataka chief minister, also said the stage would be ready for the formation of a new government in the state after that.
The leaders mainly discussed senior party MLA Roshan Baig's outburst against the party leadership, disgruntlement among Congress leaders like Ramesh Jarkiholi and exit poll results.
According to the schedule of the Karnataka CM, he was to leave for Delhi by a special flight at 11 am and take part in meetings there, before heading back to Bengaluru in the evening.
Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara claimed that exit polls were being used to create the impression that the BJP will gain big to help the saffron party manipulate EVMs without any questions asked.
'Artificially engineered' Modi wave being used by BJP to lure regional parties: Kumaraswamy on exit polls
Most exit polls on Sunday predicted that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance will comfortably cross the halfway mark of 272 seats in the Lok Sabha.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday said that he was planning to introduce a law to restrain the electronic media.
In Karnataka, all political parties are in a flux, but one wonders if the former CM should have become such an accurate chronicler of the mess that surrounds him.
When contacted, Minister Sa Ra Mahesh refuted talks that Kumaraswamy had held talks with Horrati and others.
Karnataka tussle: Kumaraswamy in damage control mode after JDS leader terms Congress ‘intolerant and uncooperative’
He even called for dissolution of the Assembly and holding mid-term polls so that JDS can come back to power on its own.
With just a week to go for the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll results, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expressed confidence that the JDS-Congress combine will win 16 to 18 seats.