Close Race, Hung Assembly Predicted as Karnataka Assembly Elections Campaigning Ends
12 May, 2018, 08:08 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
He is contesting against incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Badami constituency.
The state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said, a decision on countermanding of election to the seat will be taken after submission of report by the Deputy Election Commissioner. Politicians of all hues were seen queuing up to seek blessings of the heads of various religious mutts, which hold a sway over Karnataka politics.
In 1988, he became the state president of the BJP in Karnataka.
Over 4.96 crore voters, including 2.52 crore men, 2.44 crore women and over 4,500 people who identify themselves as "transgenders", have registered to vote.
Continuing with his efforts to directly address the various wings of the party in poll bound Karnataka via the Namo app, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the SC, ST, OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas on Thursday. The incumbent Congress Govt led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is seeking a second term, while the BJP aims to return to power after a gap of five years. Instead, the local Janata Dal party seems to be leading.
Almost 10,000 voter ID cards seized from a flat in Bengaluru; Police and the Election Commission launch probe; 2 arrested in the case; Election Commission says the Voter ID cards are genuine; BJP demands countermanding elections on the Raj Rajeshwari Assembly seat; Congress also complains to the EC. It remains to be seen whether this poll-eve gambit would help the Congress outwit the saffron party and retain power in a State that never returned the incumbent government to power since 1985.
The opposition BJP also brought in a slew of union ministers including Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, to interact with the southern state's electorate and pitch for the party's return to power. The votes will be counted May 15.
The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013, the only time it did so, but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption. There are a total of 2654 candidates in the fray ofwhich 2435 are male and 219 female.
"A total of 585 companies of paramilitary forces are deployed across over 20,000 polling booths, including almost 12,000 critical booths", Raju told reporters here. All preparations are complete by the Election Commission. "They are misusing government machinery".
Never in the past did Karnataka witness such a vitriolic campaign bordering on personal attacks and unabashed display of identity politics.
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