Karnataka bypolls hold key to BJP survival in south

Bengaluru, Dec 5 (IANS): Today's bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka are important on more than one count for the BJP and Congress alike. It is the only major state down south where the two national parties are in primary candidates for power.

While the results will obviously impact the future of the only Bharatiya Janata Party government in south India, the implications of 'Team Yeddy' not gaining a clear mandate of at least six seats and retaining power in the Assembly can result in a Maharasthra type of situation.

In Maharashtra, the unthinkable happened when the BJP's longtime ally the Shiva Sena joined hands with the NCP and Congress to keep the BJP out of the office. It is precisely this type of domino effect that can turn out to be the BJP's nightmare, after a series of losses in major states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

B S Yediyurappa

In the state, the bypolls are important for the saffron camp because the results will decide the future of the BJP government in Karnataka which currently has 105 legislators and one independent MLA's support in the 225 member strong Assembly. The BJP must win at least six seats today if it fancies its chances of continuing in power in the lone south Indian state it holds power in.

The results of today's bypolls are also important for the Congress which has been waking up to a revival of its political fortunes, especially after the recent developments in Maharashtra. It's love-hate relation-ship with the Janata Dal(S) will come into focus if they win more than nine seats between them in today's bypolls. In such a scenario, the BJP can possibly staring at a possible exit from the government.

Of the 15 constituencies going to polls today, 12 were held by Congress while JD(S) was representing two seats. Today's elections were necessitated on account of the disqualification of 17 legislators belonging to the Congress and JD(S) who had cast their lot with the Yeddiurappa dispensation. Bypolls to two Assembly seats, Maski and R.R. Nagar will be held later.



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  • abdullah, calicut, Kerala

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    I wish and pray that bjp shuld not get a single seat in karnataka Bypoll.

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  • shastri, Mlore

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    Hope you remember who is taken single seat in last parliament election in karnataka

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    let me hope that the BJP will be booted out of power in Karnataka after the results of these by-polls.

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    The BJP losing the seats in this by-election will put an end to its presence in South India. The electorate are disgusted with OPERATION KAMALA and have tackled some of the disqualified MLAs during the election campaign. MLAs shifting their loyalty to the BJP due to ideological acceptance is an argument taken with a pinch of salt by the people. The little man in the street knows that those who are disloyal to those who elect them cannot be loyal either to the country or the party they are affiliated with.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    BJP will move to Swami Nityanans's "Kailaash" ...

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    Are you the same jeevan ?
    Once you regretted having chosen BJP/Modi

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    8 to 10 seats for BJP and nation fed-up with khangress sicklurism.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    Yeddy, undoubtedly is under stress!
    Operation Lotus made all the mess
    Voters are aware of his bad schemes
    Election result will put BJP in distress.
    Dood ka dood aur pani ka pani
    Bolte raho money, money money

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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    No Money for the Rain hit people but BJP is having Money to distribute to the Voters

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 5 2019

    Francis mostly Yeddi has given money to the voters is the minority scholarship which was supposed to be given for the students of 2019-20.

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