Let's use this thread to track all events related to the Karnataka Assembly elections 2013
Karnataka Assembly polls on May 5, counting on May 8
New Delhi: Assembly elections in Karnataka will be held on May 5, the Election Commission announced today. Election Commissioner VS Sampath today said it will be a single-phase election and the counting of votes would take place on May 8.
The elections for the 14th Karnataka Assembly is likely to be a three-way contest between the ruling BJP, the Congress, and the JD(S). The Congress heads to the polls fresh from its thumping victory in the recently concluded urban local body elections. The Congress won 1909 of the 4976 wards, while the BJP and the Janata Dal(S) both secured 906 seats each. The results were a major blow to the BJP, which has usually had a strong showing in urban areas.
Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has been claiming that his newly formed Karnataka Janata Party or KJP would act as a spoiler for the BJP. Mr Yeddyurappa, who quit the BJP after 40 years in December 2012 and launched the KJP, would have been disappointed with the urban body election results, with his party putting up a poor show.
The KJP won only 272 seats. But the former Chief Minister claims the Assembly polls will be a different cup of tea and that he would be able to seriously dent the BJP's chances of returning to power. The Congress is hoping to gain from the split in votes between the BJP and KJP.
The BJP enjoys a fragile majority in the present Assembly after 14 legislators loyal to Mr Yeddyurappa resigned in February to join his KJP. The current effective strength of the Assembly is 223; the BJP has 104 MLAs, the Congress and JD(S) combined have 97, and there are 7 independents.
The configuration of the present Assembly is different from the one voted into power in 2008. The BJP's Operation Lotus in Karnataka, at the beginning of its term, saw legislators from the Congress and the JD(S) being lured to the BJP - with financial incentives according to the BJP's detractors.
This strengthened the BJP's position in the state Assembly, which had won the elections with a narrow margin. Life came a full circle for the BJP with some of its legislators leaving the party and aligning themselves with Mr Yeddyurappa just ahead of the May elections. With the recent surge in the fortunes of the Congress, party-hopping may only increase in the weeks ahead of the elections.
@Yusuf i think RV Devraj would contest from chamrajpete on congress ticket and not chickpete. But the challenge could be from former chickpete MLA & also current Bengaluru central MP PC Mohan i.e. infighting within bjp
Don't know if bjp will ever learn, its hellbent on shooting itself. There are lot of rumours going on that leader of Bsr-Congress (reddy&co) met jagadish shettar yesterday after dates were announced. If they take back or get into alliance with bsr congress, then bjp will loose karnataka if not soon but slowly for sure. Vinasha kaale vipareeti buddhi is apt for bjp.
@GPM How/Why would bjp get sympathy vote? Please let us know.
Prahalad joshi has been appointed bjp state chief. I could not understand the funda behind it. Just before elections, why would any party choose a chief who is in no way enabling the cadre (leave alone common voter actually how many people in the party know him outside his district). Also he is from a community (brahmin) who have very very less if not zero influence on state politics. I am not sure as to why is RSS micromanaging the party in every decision. Of the two contenders for post atleast Sadananda gowda was a better choice than joshi, as he belongs to dominant okkaliga community. Atleast politically rss is doing many things to undo bjp in karnataka.
He now has the task of leading the party in Assembly polls
Ending months of speculation, the Bharatiya Janata Party central leadership on Thursday appointed Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi as president of the party’s Karnataka unit.
The announcement regarding the appointment of the 50-year-old Mr. Joshi, who is presently State party general secretary, was made in Delhi by BJP national president Rajnath Singh.
The appointment came about after the incumbent, Deputy Chief Minister K. S. Eshwarappa, resigned as State party president soon after the completion of polling for the urban local bodies on March 7 in tune with the party’s “one man, one post” norm.
There were several contenders for the post including Mr. Joshi, Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Minister Govind Karjol. But the choice had finally narrowed down to Mr. Joshi and continuation of Mr. Eshwarappa till the Assembly polls.
However, the political balance tilted in favour of Mr. Joshi due to various reasons, including his proximity to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar as well as party national general secretary Ananth Kumar. Mr. Joshi, a second-time MP, hails from the Chief Minister’s home district of Dharwad.
The soft-spoken Mr. Joshi has an unenviable task of heading the ruling party, — which is struggling to retain its hold as it is battered by not only infighting, desertions by leaders and allegations of corruption involving its ministers, but also political instability that came in the way of delivering good governance — just before the Assembly polls.
BJP sources said that the party organisation had involved the main contenders for the presidential post, including Mr. Joshi, in all its decision-making process in the last few months so that they do not require much time to get a grip over the organisational network. In fact, the party had commenced its poll campaign in the form of district-level conventions from Thursday even before the appointment of a full-fledged State president.
According to sources, the party would hold organisational election for the State president’s post some time after the Assembly elections. Mr. Joshi’s appointment is expected to be ratified in these organisational elections so that he would get a full term of three years.
By choosing a young leader with a strong organisational background for the top post, the party has sent a message that it is keen on nurturing new leadership with a long-term vision at a time when some of its senior leaders are facing various allegations and the party is witnessing desertions by MLAs.
Mr. Joshi, who has RSS background, was in the forefront of several campaigns by the party in north Karnataka including the Idgah struggle and location of south-western railway headquarters at Hubli.