Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lost in Chamundeshwari seat as his JD(S) rival GT Deve Gowda won by a margin of over 36 thousand votes in his home town Mysuru. Siddaramaiah contested from two seats – Chamundeshwari and Badami. He, however, won Badami seat defeating his BJP rival B Sreeramulu by a thin margin of 1696 votes.
Siddaramaiah submitted his resignation from the post of Chief Minister after the Congress was voted out of power. He met Governor Vajubhai Vala and handed over his resignation, official sources said.
The chief minister went to Raj Bhavan after announcing the Congress’ support to the JDS to form the government as the state headed for a hung assembly.
Meanwhile, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, BS Yeddyurappa, won from his home turf Shikaripura. He defeated his Congress rival Goni Maltesha by a huge margin of 35,397.
Among other high profile seat, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is leading from Ramanagara by nearly 20,000 votes and BJP’s state unit chief KS Eshwarappa is leading from Shimoga by over 45,000 votes.
Prominent among those trailing include ministers Ramamnatha Rai from Bantwal, JR Lobo from Mangalore (South) and HC Mahadevappa from T Narasipura.
Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa from Shivamogga, senior most candidate in the electoral fray and minister Kagodu Timmappa from Sagara and the chief minister’s son, Yatindra, from Varuna were also leading over their rivals.