Karnataka Elections: Congress Secured 121 seats of the 223 Seats to emerge as winner.
Congress on 8 May 2013 won 121 seats of the 223 seats on which polls were contested in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013, the elections were held on 5 May 2013. Congress returned back to power after seven years in the state. The party of opposition BJP and Janta-Dal secular managed to win 40 seats each.
The Results of Karnataka Elections: Status known for 223 of 224 constituencies
• Congress - won 121
• BJP - won 40
• Janata Dal (Secular) - won 40
• Samajwadi Party - won 1
• KJP - 6
• Others - won 15
Parties like Karnataka Janatha Party of BS Yeddyurappa and the BSR Congress of B Sriramulu were reduced to single digits in context of seats. Whereas, Samajwadi party managed to secure Chennapatna seat and opened its account for the first time in the state.
The major setbacks of the election were the defeat of defeat of former State President of BJP K S Eshwarappa and Karnataka State Congress President G Parameshwar. After the results were declared, Chief Minister Jagadish Shetter submitted his resignation to the Governor of the state following the defeat of his party in the state.
In 2008, BJP came to power in the state for the first time after winning 110 seats against congress 80 seats and JDs 28 in the 224 member house. Polling was held on 223 seats in the state. Date for polls in the Periyapatna in Mysore district was postponed to 28 May 2013 following death of a BJP candidate Sannagoge Gowda on 1 May 2013.
Removal of BS Yeddyurappa from the Chief Minister's post and his decision to form his own party were identified as the two major reasons for the huge defeat suffered by BJP in Karnataka, considered to be a gateway to South India for BJP.