Karnataka’s direct fight to have straight impact on Government
With half of Karnataka’s 28 Lok Sabha seats going to the polls on Thursday, the state, which used to see a triangular fight between JDS, Congress and BJP, is all set to see a battle between the ruling Congress-JDS combine and the BJP. The fate of 11-month old ruling coalition hinges precariously on the outcome of the state’s two-phase polls as a victory for the BJP in key constituencies could lead to the coalition partners falling apart in the state.
The BJP is focusing its entire campaign on prime minister Narendra Modi. Never in the recent past has the BJP focussed so much on one personality that it has even fielded a 28-year old rookie in the Bengaluru South Lok Sabha seat (a traditional BJP area) as it knows that the candidate is inconsequential there.
For the first family of JDS comprising patriarch HD Deve Gowda, chief minister-son HD Kumaraswamy and minister-son HD Revanna –– there’s lot at stake.