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Game for Power in Karnataka
Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef
High drama is going on in the state of Karnataka as Both BJP and Congress failed to form the majority in the Karnataka assembly elections 2018. However, BJP has secured 104 seats out of 224, Congress and JD(S) grabbed 78 and 37 seats respectively while other independent candidates or the regional parties managed to get 3 seats.
Though Congress has got 38% vote share which is more than that of BJP's vote share, the number of MLAs has dropped from that of previous year’s election despite the fact that the Congress party has won 122 seats in the 2013 elections. The BJP and the JD(S) got 40 seats each, while Yeddyurappa’s then Karnataka Jantha Paksha got six seats and B Sriramulu’s Badavara Shramikara Raitara Congress Party bagged four. The trend of no government winning a second term in Karnataka since 1985 seems to be intact. In 1985, the Janata Dal under Ramakrishna Hegde had retained power.
According to the Assembly election results, in Hyderabad-Karnataka region, which has 31 seats, the BJP managed to bag 12 in their kitty. This is a phenomenal increase from their 2013 tally when they had won only six seats from the region. Chandrababu Naidu has failed to sustain his stance and mark a significant drift as BJP has acquired the majority of the seats in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
About 15% of Karnataka’s population is estimated to be Telugu speaking and their votes, as suggested by the early trends, have made difference to the electoral outcome in at least 12 districts — Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Ballari, Koppal, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Bidar. The Hyderabad-Karnataka districts also have a sizeable Muslim population that has a historical and cultural connect with neighbouring Telangana.
The numbers themselves should be enough for the BJP leadership of the state and the Centre to feel proud of their performance in the Karnataka State Assembly Elections results 2018, however, what is more, interesting is that the win in this region open doors for the BJP’s ever-so-waited march down south. As the governor made a decision on who’ll rule the state of Karnataka, BJP has marked its entry in the south Indian politics whereas, Congress and the JD(S) become mere opposition parties like in other Indian states. The tussle for power has been taken a very dramatic twist as to which the Congress and JD(S) MLAs unanimously protesting in front of the Raj Bhavan in Karnataka after Yeddyurappa’s sworn-in ceremony.
By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C