Election Commission to announce dates for Karnataka polls today

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The Hush Post: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to announce dates for the Assembly elections in Karnataka on Tuesday at 11 am. All the eyes are on Karnataka polls as it is one of two states where grand old party (GOP) Congress has been left in power along with Punjab, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

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Election Commission of India (ECI).

The term of Karnataka Assembly, which has 224 members, is scheduled to end on May 28 and a new House has to be formed by then.

Karnataka, that may be termed the gateway to south India for political parties, holds prominence before the general election to be held in 2019.

According to political pundits the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which had won Assembly polls in Karnataka in 2008, has the chances of winning this southern state again thus further strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Congress Mukt Bharat. Besides, the Karnataka elections will also decide the course of national political scene before next year’s general election.

For the Grand Old Party (GOP) Congress, retaining Karnataka holds more importance as it has lost its grip on the other states of the country. While the Congress is in power in just four states – Punjab, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Mizoram – the BJP own its own and with alliance is in power in 21 states.

Ever since BJP won general election in 2014, it has snatched states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Assam and Manipur from the Congress. The saffron paty also won country’s most politically important and biggest state Uttar Pradesh in 2017 and this year in February, it also ended the 25-year Left rule in Tripura,  NDTV reported.

The ruling Congress in Karnataka is facing a tough challenge from the BJP, which started its poll campaign in November 2017. The BJP spent 85 days campaigning across the state and organized a rally in Bengaluru addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP has projected BS Yeddyurappa as its CM candidate, the report said.

In 2014, the BJP won 17 of its 20 seats in southern states just in Karnataka, getting massive support from the urban centres like Bengaluru and Mysuru.

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