Karnataka supported BJP in big way - Yeddyurappa

Bengaluru, May 15 (IANS): BJP's chief ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said that the people of Karnataka have supported the party in a big way in the May 12 Assembly elections.

"People of Karnataka supported the BJP in a big way. Our party leaders will take a decision on the next course of action after the results of all 222 Assembly seats are declared," Yeddyurappa told reporters here.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has so far won 68 seats, and is leading in another 36, as per the Election Commission. The party is eight seats short of the halfway mark of 112 seats.

BJP's CM face Yeddyurappa wins

BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa was on Tuesday elected to the Karnataka Assembly from Shikaripura by 35,397 votes, the Election Commission announced.

Yeddyurappa, 75, defeated Congress nominee Goni Malatesha and seven others in his home constituency. This was the Bharatiya Janta Party leader's eighth victory from Shikaripura since 1983.

Yeddyurappa, the BJP's Lok Sabha MP from Shivamogga district, has lost only the 1999 Assembly election.