At Karnataka BJP’s gala event in Bengaluru, the split was evident

eshyedBengaluru, Oct 15: It was meant to be a major event for the BJP. The party was inducting K Shivram, a retired IAS officer into the party in the presence of Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh.
While this event at the National College Grounds in Bengaluru was organised by B S Yeddyurappa, the absence of several other BJP leaders from the state raised questions as to whether there is a split in party or not.

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JUNKETS- Question them at your own risk!!!

legiAsk an MLA about the junket he is about to undertake at the expense of the tax payer, you will get the most aggressive and strangest of reactions. There is a possibility of being summoned before the Privileges committee of the legislature. In other cases, you will be told, “we do not travel by business class and we get to learn a lot,” or we are not committing theft or dacoity, it is my right to go on a junket.”

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Caste factor- How did it work this time?

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Caste was always a factor during the Karnataka elections and this time around too it has played a major role. However the surprise was the tilt of the Lingayat vote bank in favour of the Congress which ended up winning 67 out of the 118 Lingayat dominated areas in the state.

The Congress will be pleased with this improvement since it had managed to win only 20 seats in the Lingayat dominated belts during 2008. This was largely because the BJP had projected B S Yeddyurappa as its leader and there was a major trend in favour of the party back then. The BJP however tried to counter the Yeddyurappa factor by appointing Jagadish Shettar also a Lingayat as its leader. However the Shettar magic clearly did not work as the votes were split three way in 2013 which ended up benefitting the Congress. Continue reading “Caste factor- How did it work this time?”

Who will be opposition leader?

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The BJP and the Janatha Dal (s) are tied with 40 seats each. The question now is which party would be the main opposition in Karnataka and who would be its leader.
In the event of such a tie, the term of the opposition would be shared between the two parties. The first term will go to the BJP with Jagadish Shettar as the opposition leader. The BJP will get the first term as it was the ruling party in the last term. The second term would go to the Janatha Dal (S) and H D Kumaraswamy would be the leader.

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Shettar speaks

Outgoing Chief Minister of Karnataka speaking for the first time after the BJP got a drubbing in Karnataka said that they lost due to a negative vote. Addressing a press conference at Bangalore, Shettar who will resign at 6 PM today said that they accept the peoples’ verdict with humility.

I thank the people of Karnataka who gave us an opportunity to rule the state for five years. Now we will sit in opposition and do a constructive job. Shettar however was quick to add that the mandate was not in favour of the Congress but they won only because of a negative campaign against the BJP. Continue reading “Shettar speaks”

Shettar wins, SP wins

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar won the Hubli Dharwad central seat by a massive margin of 18000 votes.
The Samajwadi Party opened its account for the first time in Karnataka. C P Yogeshwar of the Samajwadi Party won the Channapatana beating

Who will be opposition leader?

The BJP and the Janatha Dal (s) are tied with 40 seats each. The question now is which party would be the main opposition in Karnataka and who would be its leader.
In the event of such a tie, the term of the opposition would be shared between the two parties. The first term will go to the BJP with Jagadish Shettar as the opposition leader. The BJP will get the first term as it was the ruling party in the last term. The second term would go to the Janatha Dal (S) and H D Kumaraswamy would be the leader.

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Hot constituencies

A list of constituencies which have placed on high alert have been drawn out by the Election Commission of India. These are the constituencies in which security is at its peak.
Koratagere- The constituency from where G Parameshwar Congress chief is contesting. He is desperate for a win as he is in the race for the post of Chief Minister. His chances are tough here, according to the available trends.

Varuna- The KJP will give Siddaramaiah, Congress leader and CM in waiting a tough fight. However it appears to be a Siddaramaiah victory as the people of the constituency woud prefer voting for a Chief Ministerial candidate.

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No govt. without me-BSY

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Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa who faces an acid test in the Karnataka assembly elections has said that there will be no government in the state without his support. Speaking to media persons, Yeddyurappa pointed out that him quitting the BJP has not made any difference to him and during his tours across the state, he realised that he still the tallest leader in the state.

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G Parameshwar needs to win big

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There are many constituencies in Karnataka which have been termed as the constituency of a Chief Minister. Hubli-Dharwad central- Jagadish Shettar, Ramanagar- H D Kumaraswamy, Varuna- Siddaramaiah. Adding to this list is the Koratagere constituency from where Dr G Parameshwar, the Congress Chief will contest the elections.

There is a great deal of enthusiasm among the people of this constituency in Tumkur district. It is a backward constituency and relatively a new one too. It was made a reserved constituency recently after which Parameshwar shifted base from Madhugiri where he had won thrice. Continue reading “G Parameshwar needs to win big”