It is election time and the bookies are back in business. What are the bookies giving each party contesting the Karnataka assembly elections? The betting market in Karnataka is approximately around Rs 800 crore.
Bengaluru: There is an unwritten rule in the Bharatiya Janata Party which states that any leader who is 75 or above will not be allowed to take a ministerial position. While the rule was made applicable to a few, one gets to see an exception when it comes to B S Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka.
There was another Mani Shankar Aiyer moment in Karnataka. This time it was the turn of KPCC working president, Dinesh Gundu Rao who took on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath.
The BJP wave is what has forced Karnataka Chief Minister to re-think on his constituency, BJP chief, Amit Shah said.
Bengaluru: For the Congress, the battle is already lost in Karnataka. When the general himself is panicking then you know the battle is lost, says G V L Narasimha Rao, BJP’s national spokesperson.
When the BJP announced its first list of 72 candidates for the Karnataka election, there was a surprise. B Sriramulu the strongman from Ballari was given a ticket from Molakalmur in Chitradurga.
In a bid to pacify former Karnataka chief minister, S M Krishna, the BJP is likely to offer his family member a ticket for the upcoming Karnataka assembly election.
Bengaluru: A few days back there was a note supposedly prepared by the Intelligence Bureau that was doing the rounds in Karnataka. The note went on to state that the Chamundeshwari assembly constituency was not exactly a safe seat for Siddaramaiah. It also listed out four other constituencies from where the CM could contest.
This Congress leader from Karnataka resigned from the party in the morning, joined the BJP later and by evening he was back in the Congress.
Bengaluru: The Karnataka Congress has plunged into damage control mode with a few defections taking place. Trouble began to brew for the Congress after two senior leaders of the party switched over to BJP.
Mallikayya Guttedar and A S Patil, both MLAs joined the BJP and the reason given is that they were feeling sidelined. Guttedar’s exit in particular is a big jolt for the Congress since he was a six time MLA from Afzalpur constituency. On the other hand, Patil represents Devarahipparagi constituency.