Karnataka – Lok Sabha Elections 2019
General elections are due to be held in the country in April or May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The 543 elected members of the Lok Sabha will be elected from single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting. The President of India nominates an additional two members. Two seats are reserved in the Lok Sabha for members of the Anglo-Indian community.
Political parties are increasingly leveraging big data tools currently to increase voter turnout and swing the elections in their favor. A news report indicated how the Indian National Congress (INC) party president Rahul Gandhi is banking on the party’s data analytics department to analyze vote share, seats and shifting voting patterns from 2009 to strategize against the current ruling party — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 elections.
While Bharatiya Janata Party took the lead in using technology for political purposes, Congress, along with other national parties were seen as a late entrant in solidifying a significant digital strategy. The 2014 elections was a prime example of using data-driven techniques to create an effective digital interface and interaction across India and in real time.
In 2019, it is estimated there will be 258.27 million social network users in India up from close to 168 million in 2016, according to a market research firm. According to a news paper report, the head of the Congress data analytics department, has taken several initiatives to get all the party workers on a common digital platform. Over the years, Indian National Congress realized the importance of data analytics and has steered several initiatives to challenge BJP’s might in this regard and is continuously widening its digital presence.
According to the latest numbers, India has the second highest number of internet users after China, with an estimated 462.12 million and in 2019, this number will rise to 258.27 million social network users in India, up from close to 168 million in 2016.
Election 2019 will be an intense, high-stakes tussle for power like all others but with one difference in a first, it is likely to be as hotly contested in the virtual world as in the real one with parties already busy getting their social media warriors battle-ready.
Mayawati, the leader of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) an icon of country’s traditionally oppressed Dalits who were once known as “untouchables,” is central to opposition efforts to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reelection in 2019.
As the election year approaches, Mayawati of BSP is gradually striking one-on-one deals with smaller, regional outfits to strengthen her position and improve her bargaining power. With her political survival at stake, she forged a surprise alliance with her rival, the Samajwadi Party, for elections in Uttar Pradesh. The move helped them defeat Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in some of their strongholds in recent by-elections.
Congress will adopt a pragmatic approach for cooperation with all like-minded parties and evolve a common workable program to defeat the BJP-RSS in the 2019 elections.
India’s next generation, a key swing constituency in the 2019 general elections, has a simple message for politicians: more jobs, please.
As many as 130 million first-time voters — more than the population of Japan — will go to the polls due by May 2019. A key issue for this electorate is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to deliver on his promise of creating 10 million jobs a year — a pledge that won him the hearts of India’s youth in the 2014 election.
Yet with barely eight months to go to the Lok Sabha polls, voters who believed job creation is Modi’s biggest failure have risen to 29 per cent from 22 per cent in January 2018, according to a survey.
To get enrolled in the voter list is your statutory right. Please check the Electoral roll of your area ERO (SDM)/AERO office.
The BBMP is planning to conduct a special revision of electoral rolls for 4 days in namma Bengaluru. The Regional Commissioner decided to hold the drive to give people more time to include or change their names in the electoral rolls. Electors can also submit Form 7 for objecting inclusion of name or deletion of name from the electoral list, Form 8 for correction and Form 8A for shifting of electoral roll from one part to another within the constituency.
To enroll the name and to make corrections in such names / other details that have been mis-spelt in the Electoral Roll
For inclusion of names Form 6
For any objection on inclusion of names Form 7
For correction of entries in the Electoral Rolls Form 8
For transposition of entry in electoral roll Form 8A
Karnataka – Lok Sabha elections of 2014
As per the requirements of the Indian Constitution, elections to the Lok Sabha must be held at an interval of five years or whenever parliament is dissolved by the President of the country. The previous election to the 15th Lok Sabha was conducted in April–May 2009, and its term would have naturally expired on 31 May 2014. The election to the 16th Lok Sabha was organized and conducted by the Election Commission of India (ECI) and was held in multiple phases, to better handle the large electoral base and security concerns.
The Indian General election, 2014 was held to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha. The election was held for electing members of parliament for all 543 parliamentary constituencies. It was the longest election in the Indian history. 841.5 million people were eligible to vote, with an increase of 100 million voters since the last general election held in 2009, making it the largest ever election in the world.
A total of 8,251 candidates contested for the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The average turnout over all nine phases was around 66.38%.
In 2014 elections, the main contenders were Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Left Parties (CPIM, CPI, FB, RSP, etc.) and many other regional parties (AIADMK, JD(U), BJD, TMC, DMK & many more). Another regional political party which announced its plans of contesting pan India, was the Aam Aadm Party (AAP).
Karnataka State is represented by 28 Members of the Parliament. The members from Bharatiya Janata Party from Karnataka includes Mr. Yedirurappa, Mr. H. Ananth Kumar, Mr. P.C..Mohan, Mr. Sadananda Gowda, Ms. Shobha Karandlje, Mr. Ananth Kumar Hegde, Mr. Pratap Simha. Indian National congress includes Mr. D.K.Suresh, Mr. Mallikarjuna Kharge, Mr. Verappa Moily and Mr. Muddehanumegowda among a few and Janata Dal (Secular) head Deve Gowda is also from Karnataka.
In the general elections of 2014, many issues played important role in the mandate. One of the main issues before the electorate was the unprecedented corruption throughout India. Other issues included were poor growth of the economy, increasing inflation or significant price rise, slacking industrialization, lack of employment, farmer issues to mention a few.
The National Democratic Alliance won the elections with a whopping majority.
History of Lok Sabha :
The Parliament of India has 3 constituents 1) the President, 2) Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and 3) Lok Sabha (House of people). The present total strength of Parliament members including Lok sabha and Rajya sabha is 790 (245+545).
Lok Sabha, (Hindi: “House of the People”) the lower chamber of India’s bicameral parliament (Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha). Under the constitution of 1950, its members are directly elected for a term of five years by territorial constituencies in the States. The President of India has the power to call, delay or dissolve the Lok Sabha.
India got its first Lok Sabha in April 1952, after the first General Elections were successfully concluded and the Indian National Congress (INC) came into power with 245 seats in its kitty. Lok Sabha is composed of representatives of the people chosen by direct election on the basis of the adult suffrage (the right to vote in political elections). The maximum strength of the House envisaged by the Constitution is 552, which is made up by election of up to 530 members to represent the States, up to 20 members to represent the Union Territories and not more than two members of the Anglo-Indian Community to be nominated by the President, if, in his/ her opinion, that community is not adequately represented in the House.
The first general elections, which were conducted for 489 constituencies, represented 26 Indian states. The real power resides in the Prime Minister, who heads the Council of Ministers—ministers who are members of the cabinet and other ministers of State and deputy ministers. The council is responsible to the Lok Sabha.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (of the NDA) achieved an absolute majority with 282 seats out of 543, 166 more than previous 15th Lok Sabha. Its PM candidate Narendra Modi took office on 26 May 2014 as the 14th prime minister of independent India. Ms.Sumitra Maharaj is the Speaker and Mr.T.Thambiduri is the Deputy Speaker. Mr. Narendra Modi is the Leader of the House and the Leader of the opposition is none, as no opposition party received 10% membership of the House. The single largest opposition party currently is the Indian National Congress, with 48 seats. Ms. Snehlata Shrivastava is the Secretary General of the 16th Lok Sabha.
The Karnataka has 28 Members of the Parliament who represent the State out of which 3 MP’s resigned viz., Mr.B.Sriramulu from Bellary (BJP) resigned on 18th May 2018, Mr.B.S.Yeduyurappa from Shimoga (BJP) on 21st May 2018 and Mr. C.S.Puttaraju from Mandya (JD(S)) on 21st May 2018.
Roles and Responsibilities of a MP to his /her State are:
First and foremost he represents the people of the constituency from where he has been selected, secondly he is elected as a representative of the State, to which his constituency belongs and finally, but not the least, the country he represents – INDIA.
MPs have responsibilities to three main groups: their constituents, Parliament and their political party. MPs’ duties in Parliament include participating in debates and voting on legislation and other matters. They may also be members of committees examining new laws or the work of government departments.
MPs split their time between working in Parliament itself, working in the constituency that elected them and working for their political party. Some MPs from the governing party (or parties) become government ministers with specific responsibilities in certain areas, such as Health or Defence.
The main roles of a Member of Parliament are to review legislation and to represent local interests in Parliament. In the House, MPs scrutinize legislation, attend debates and committees, and generally protect, advocate and promote the interests of their constituency at a national level.
MPs From Karnataka:
Prakash Babanna Hukkeri
Karadi Sanganna Amarappa
Shivakumar Channabasappa Udasi
Nalin Kumar Kateel