Barhi | Jagran News Desk: As it became certain that the BJP will retain power in Karnataka after the saffron won six seats, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the Congress of stealing people's mandate in Karnataka through back door and said that the people of the state has taught them a lesson in the just-concluded bypolls.

Addressing an elections rally in Jharkhand’s Barhi, PM Modi said that the BJP has limited influence in southern part of the country were punished by the people in a democratic way. He also claimed that the Congress, during its tenure in Karnataka, had no development agenda.

“The Congress and its allies subverted the mandate in Karnataka, stabbed it in the back. These parties will now have to bite the dust,” said PM Modi.

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“The bypolls results today showed that the voters have ensured that the Congress and the JD(S) don't get to stab them in the back again,” he said.

The BJP has so far bagged four seats in Karnataka and was leading in eight others, as the B S Yediyurappa-led government appeared on course to sweep the bypolls in 15 constituencies.

The elections on the 15 Assembly seats were held on December 5 after the legislators resigned in July, triggering the collapse of the Congress-JDS coalition and paving the way for the BJP to come to power. The resignations tendered by the MLAs reduced the majority mark in the 224-strong Assembly to 104 and thus paving the way for the BJP -- with 105 MLAs -- to form the government in the state.

The Prime Minister was addressing a rally in Jharkhand's Barhi. He further warned that Jharkhand will witness Karnataka like situation "if there is a hung Assembly in the state.

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"The people of Jharkhand should also learn from Karnataka. The situation like Karnataka should not crop up in Jharkhand after the polls. The Congress has never believed in coalition politics. They have treated allies like puppets in lieu of support," he said. 

Jharkhand, which has 81-member Assembly, is undergoing polling in five phases. The first phase of election in the state had taken place on November 30. The state voted for the second phase on December 7. The voting for the third phase will be conducted on December 12, the fourth phase on December 16, and the fifth and last phase on December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.

(With ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma