Congress, BJP chart out caste equations for Karnataka elections

Hannah Rogers
April 20, 2018

The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is now in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43. Both parties seem to have played it safe as they have relied on sitting and former MLAs and not shied away from fielding tainted ones.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has so far listed 154 candidates, has earmarked about 55 for Lingayats and 20 for Vokkaligas, according to N.Ravi Kumar, the party's general secretary. "This is not Indira Gandhi's Congress".

Hitting out at Modi, the former Congress MP from Karnataka's Mandya tweeted, "Why do they need social media platforms to spread the fake news when they have the PM to do it, right?" BJP's Chandrakant B Patil will challenge Congress' K Fatima in Gulbarga Uttar.

With most predictions favouring a hung Assembly, the BJP is preparing to once again rely on Mr Modi's charisma to push its "Congress Mukt" campaign in the southern state where it is facing a tough challenge.

Ms Karandlaje condemned Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's attempt to divide the Veerashiva-Lingayat community which was founded by Basaveshwara for narrow political gains.

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Among those who joined JDS today include, P Ramesh, who was Congress" ticket aspirant from CV Ramannagar and "Hemachandra Sagar, who was BJP's ticket aspirant from Chickpet.

The party's chief ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah will contest from Chamundeshwari constituency in the upcoming election. The Congress has fielded 15 women and an equal number of Muslims where they will make a mark.

In Channapatna, the other constituency Kumaraswamy is contesting, Siddaramaiah has ensured a ticket for his close aide and minister H M Revanna, who belongs to his own Kuruba community, a big component of AHINDA.

As part of Basava Jayanti, the birth anniversary of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, Mr Shah and BJP Karnataka Unit President B S Yeddyurappa would garland the statue of Basaveshwara in the city tomorrow.

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