Did Lingayat minority card backfire on Congress — Postmortem Karnataka polls

PoliticsKarnataka Elections 2018 Opinion       Three essential Karnataka lessons for national politics
	      
       
         Shekhar Gupta         15 May 2018

PoliticsKarnataka Elections 2018 Opinion Three essential Karnataka lessons for national politics Shekhar Gupta 15 May 2018

"I have been in Karnataka politics for long". Do you want me to give it to you in writing right now?

Clashes broke out between Congress and workers outside a polling booth in Hampi Nagar on Saturday, allegedly after the former thrashed a BJP corporator. "The Congress will get more than 120 seats", he told reporters after voting in Mysore with his son Yathindra. "Without Lingayat master stroke from Siddaramaiah, the Congress tally would have been near 65 to 70", Prof Kakade told UNI over phone. These are my figures. "Until now, never have my calculations gone wrong".

Commenting on the controversy at the Aligarh Muslim University over a portrait of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah on its campus, Tharoor said, "The portrait has been hanging there since 1938 and there were BJP governments both in the state (Uttar Pradesh) and at the Centre (earlier)".

To a question on seizures in the run-up to the polls, he said Rs 94 crore in cash, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore had been seized.

"The Congress knows it is going to lose. They are underestimating a lot about the JDS". However, the Congress leaders do not agree with that notion as state chief minister Siddaramaiah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi believe that the resurgence of the party will begin from Karnataka.

"Chief Minister has really hit the BJP where it matters the most - the Lingayat vote share". Everybody is confident of winning with an absolute majority.

During the previous Assembly election in the year 2013, Congress had won a simple majority with 122 seats. He said that out of the 64,297 ballot units for Karnataka elections, 212 units malfunctioned.

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According to Axis My India exit polls, the Congress would get 106-118 seats, while the BJP would win 79-92 seats and JD (S) and its partners would get 22-30 seats.

About 2,600 candidates contested polls in the state assembly this year. At 6 feet you drown. Relax & enjoy your weekend. The counting of votes will take place on Tuesday.

A voter turnout of 71.45 per cent was recorded in the previous assembly elections in 2013.

The exit poll by Times Now-VMR suggest that the election would yield a hung assembly with the Congress emerging as the single-largest party with 90-103 seats while the BJP would win 80-93 seats.

His announcement is being seen as Congress' ground-laying work in case of a split verdict, which would make Janata Dal (Secular) the kingmaker.

Sunday, a rest day for many, is a momentous occasion for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. JD (S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy has gone to Singapore, and the reason for his travel could not be ascertained.

Out of 224, elections were held in 222 assembly constituencies on Saturday and the results are scheduled to be declared on May 15. Why are we making such a hue and cry about it? It said that Congress is likely to get 97 seats, BJP 87, JD (S)+ 35, others 3 seats. The exit poll had 6,872 respondents from all the regions of Karnataka, said Times Now. They are underestimating a lot about the JDS'.

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