Earlier in the day, he had conceded defeat and said the BJP has "not been able to make the mark."
In the 2018 elections, the BJP candidate won the Shiggaon Assembly, defeating Congress candidate Azeempeer Khadri by a margin of 9,265 votes. Bommai had secured 83,868 votes in 2018.
In 2018, Janata Dal (Secular) formed an alliance with the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister. In 2019, however, 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs resigned due to which the coalition government collapsed. The BJP then formed a government with B S Yediyurappa as chief minister. In 2021, he resigned, after which Bommai became the CM.
The Shiggaon constituency in North Karnataka’s Haveri district, was one of the 104 assembly seats won by the BJP in the 2018 elections. The constituency sees strong Hindu-Muslim polarisation in terms of voting preferences.
Congress candidate Yasir Ahmed Khan Pathan had replaced Mohammed Yousuf Savanur, who is the president of Anjuman-e-Islam Hubballi-Dharwad as the Congress candidate from the constituency. With 64,038 votes, he was trailing behind Bommai.