Karnataka Polls: It’s party-hopping time again!

All three parties have accommodated migrants by fielding them in their own constituencies after they were jilted by the parties they were earlier associated with. DH illustration

Leaders jumping ship, especially during elections, is a common occurrence. The high-stakes May 12 Assembly elections are no exception.

Party-hopping, which started much before the election dates were announced, has intensified after parties announced their candidates. In the last few weeks alone, more than 30 hopefuls, including sitting MLAs and former legislators, have defected to rival camps or have decided to contest the polls as independents.

Protests were witnessed across the state after supporters of spurned contenders took to the streets revolting against parties’ decision to deny tickets to their leaders. All three parties - the Congress, the BJP and the JD(S) have more or less announced candidates for a majority of the constituencies. Since party hopping has continued, both BJP and the JD(S) have decided to wait and watch to glean as many candidates as possible until the last minute.



While the Congress and the BJP are yet to announce candidates for five and 11 more seats respectively, the JD(S), which was the first to announce tickets, has withheld names for 22 more seats.

Interestingly, all three parties have accommodated migrants by fielding them in their own constituencies after they were jilted by the parties they were earlier associated with. This has also resulted in aspirants being swapped.  

Even on Saturday, a couple of disgruntled MLAs switched sides. While former BJP MLA Belur Gopalakrishna joined the Congress, BJP leader from North Karnataka Revu Naik Belamagi joined the JD(S) hoping to get a ticket from Gulbarga Rural.

 

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