Press Esc to close
Thursday 27 November 2014
News updated at 3:55 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Karnataka elections promise high drama

Bangalore, Apr 7, 2013, (PTI):
BJP President Prahlad Joshi, Chief Minister Jagadeesh Shettar, DCM Eshwarappa, Former CM DV Sadananda Gowda, DIstrict In-charge Minister SA Ramdas, BJP General Secretary Ananthkumar, MLC Siddaraju, City President SHivkumar and others. DH photo

 Key ministers who served the BJP government pitted against each other, brothers crossing swords, erosion of Bellary mining baron's influence, a ruling party minus heavyweight B S Yeddyurappa and a fragmented political landscape -- the May five Assembly elections in Karnataka have all the ingredients of a potboiler.

Desertion of more than 30 MLAs and internal bickerings and allegations of scams during its tenure make the ruling BJP look battered.

But the principal opposition Congress, appearing to put up a united front to dislodge the BJP government, is also in not a happy position either as the flood of ticket aspirants has led to a wave of dissidence in its wake.


The main players – BJP (140), Congress (177) and JDS of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda (122) announced candidates for majority of seats in the 224-member House on Friday.

Congress tickets are much sought after and aspirants lobbied hard. Those who lost out are crying foul. Some poll surveys in recent weeks claimed the Congress is all set to form the next Government.

The names cleared are largely non-controversial. But the list for the remaining seats expected this week – last day for filing nominations is April 17 -- is eagerly awaited, mainly because it would throw light on whether the parties have given tickets to the tainted, kin of party leaders and defectors.

Senior Congress leaders M Mallikarjuna Kharge and N Dharam Singh are pushing for poll tickets for their sons, while K H Muniyappa is pushing for the candidature of his daughter.

While the 2008 polls were largely a triangular affair with BJP, Congress and JDS slugging it out, the presence of Yeddyurappa's Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) and, to less extent, the BSR Congress of former BJP Minister B Sriramulu is making the poll scene this time hazy.

Most of the BJP MLAs who jumped the ruling party ship have joined forces with Karnataka Janata Party but the decision of key ministers – Umesh Katti, Murugesh Nirani, Basavaraja Bommai and V Somanna who were in the Yeddyurappa camp, to stay put in the BJP is seen as a setback to Yeddyurappa.

Besides seeking to position himself as a 'king-maker' in the post-poll scenario, Yeddyurappa has vowed to decimate the BJP, which at this stage looks to be on the backfoot, saddled as it is with anti-incumbency factor.

In more than 30 segments, those who won on BJP ticket last time are contesting from largely from either the KJP or JDS or BSR Congress. In 2008, mining baron G Janardhana Reddy and company wielded considerable influence in Bellary and neighbouring districts boosting BJP prospects.

Reddy is now in jail in a CBI case and majority of his supporters have now sided with the BSR Congress, with some exceptions, including his brother G Karunakara Reddy, who is seeking re-election from Harapanahalli. BJP received a drubbing in Bellary district in the recent elections to urban local bodies.

In Rajajinagar constituency in Bangalore, Law, Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar is facing Shobha Karandlaje of the KJP, who had served the BJP government first as Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister and later as Energy Minister.
In Soraba, sons of former Chief Minister late S Bangarappa -- Kumar Bangarappa (Congress) and Madhu Bangarappa (JDS) are taking on each other.

In Varuna segment, Yeddyurappa has fielded his private assistant Siddalingaswamy to take on Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah.
KJP has fielded Michael Fernandes, brother of former Defence Minister George Fernandes, from Sarvajnanagar segment in the city.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
It is business as usual in Leopold Cafe on the eve of the anniversary ...

It is business as usual in Leopold Cafe on the eve of the anniversary ...

England's captain Alastair Cook (R) talks with his teammate Ravi Bopara...

England's captain Alastair Cook (R) talks with his teammate Ravi Bopara...

Models pose with a car during the inauguration of the Lamborghini showroom...

Models pose with a car during the inauguration of the Lamborghini showroom...

Women from the Delhi police force, undergo martial arts training...

Women from the Delhi police force, undergo martial arts training...

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza blows whistle to joins campaign...

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza blows whistle to joins campaign...

Children rights activist Baburaj, Good Sheperd High School headmistress ...

Children rights activist Baburaj, Good Sheperd High School headmistress ...

A Sun Bird sits on a branch of Jacaranda flower tree...

A Sun Bird sits on a branch of Jacaranda flower tree...

BJP MP'S meeting in Parliament house...

BJP MP'S meeting in Parliament house...

Bipasha Basu and Milind Soman at Pinkathon announcement

Bipasha Basu and Milind Soman at Pinkathon announcement

Modi with BJP leaders at an election rally in Jharkhand

Modi with BJP leaders at an election rally in Jharkhand

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523