In 2005 ZP/TP polls, the JD(S) had won 36 out of the total 40 seats and the rest of the seats were cornered by Congress.
There has been lot of changes since the last elections were held. The BJP which was once finding difficult to find candidates, has now fielded its candidates in all constituencies except in Konanur due to technical reasons.
There has not been much changes as far as Congress is concerned. The biggest worry for Congress has been groupism. It has not been solved despite the visit of KPCC President Dr Parameshwar and several other State leaders.
Former minister, B Shivaramu has recently assumed charge as the district Congress president. The Congress is struggling to retain four seats which it had won in the previous polls.
BJP to open account
However, the ruling BJP, is trying to bank upon the groupism in Congress and internal bickering in JD(S), to open its account. When the caste politics is virtually ruling the roost in the district, Housing and District-In-Charge Minister V Somanna-once the blue eyed boy of former prime minister, H D Deve Gowda, is burning the midnight oil to help BJP to win some seats in the district.
Sommanna claims that BJP has bright chances in Belur and Arsikere taluks thanks to pro-BJP wave.
Somanna has been visiting villages, holding road shows to mobilise voters.
The State Unit BJP Chief K S Eshwarappa also canvassed for party candidates in several places of the district. The floor leader of Janata Dal (Secular) in the Assembly H D Revanna is also visiting every village in the district to campaign for his party candidates. Deve Gowda is likely to campaign in some key constituencies soon.The results would prove whether JD(S) is still strong in the district or its strong fortress being eroded by Congress and BJP.