Bangalore: Former Chief Minister and Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) supremo BS Yeddyurappa said it was the split votes of his party and BJP that helped Congress in the May 5 assembly polls.

"It is not positive votes in favour of Congress. Congress won because of the split votes,” he said.

"BJP might have won 40 seats but the percentage of vote is only 20 percent and compared to this it is really a good achievement of KJP. I got people's support beyond my expectations,” he added.

Claiming that he was responsible for BJP coming to power in the 2008 polls, Yeddyurappa said, "I helped BJP to bag 110 seats in 2008 elections, now I will work to build KJP. It is a challenge but I will accept it and will build the party by touring the state and winning people's confidence. I will concentrate on strengthening the party and prepare for the next Lok Sabha elections."

To a question on the debacle of BJP, Yeddyurappa said "I will not comment on this. It is for them (party) to introspect".

Congress put up an impressive show in Karnataka elections by bagging 121 seats, eight more than the half-way mark in a House of 224. The BJP won just 40 seats in comparison to its 110 in the 2008 polls.

(JPN/Agencies)

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