As the second phase of polling begins for the 2019 General elections, 14 constituencies in southern Karnataka
will go to the polls on April 18.
Despite the shortage of time and daunting heat, there was an intense campaign, especially in the last fortnight. Raids by Income Tax officials on close associates of candidates of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) stepped up poll heat and this was demonstrated by protests, including one led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy outside the I-T office in Bengaluru.
This time around, traditional rivals, the Congress and the JD(S), are fighting together in a general election for the first time, making it a straight fight between the coalition partners and the BJP in majority of the constituencies.