Bengaluru LS 2019 results

Bengaluru LS 2019 results

Benaluru LS 2019 results are out. BJP has sweeped the Lok Sabha polls 2019 in Benglauru and also in Karnataka with 25 seats.

Bengaluru Central :

P.C.Mohan of BJP wins the seat again Rizwan Arshad of INC and Prakash Raj an Independent candidate from Benglauru Central. The Bengaluru Central segment was on the verge of slipping to Congress but swung in favour of BJP. This is P.C. Mohan’s hat-trick victory. It was a tough competition between Rizwan Arshad and P.C. Mohan.

P.C.Mohan – 601170 votes Won with a difference of 69974 votes

Rizwan Arshad – 531196 votes Lost with a difference of 69974 votes

Prakash Raj – 20073 votes

Bengaluru North :

Sadananda Gowda was often criticized by the oppostion for his ‘ppr’ performance and teased for his smiling face. Gowda effortlessly registered a resounding victory over his rival.

Sadananda Gowda of BJP sweeped against Krishna Byre Gowda who represented JD(S) from Bengaluru North.

Sadananda Gowda – 812915 votes won with a difference of 144743 votes

Krishna Byre Gowda – 668172 votes lost with a difference of 144743 votes

Bengaluru South :

Bengaluru South is a strong BJP bastion where Late Ananth Kumar won 6 times continuously. It was an astounding easy win for Tejasvi Surya of BJP in his maiden election against B.K.Hariprasad of INC from Benglauru South which was Late Ananth Kumar’s domain.

B.K.Hariprasad had lost the election 20 years ago in the same constituency. He was hoping of getting the seat from BJP.

Tejasvi Surya – 704243 votes won with a difference of 352228 votes

B.Hari Prasad – 352015 Votes lost with a difference of 352228 votes

Bengaluru Rural :

It was once again D.K.Suresh of INC from Benglauru Rural against Ashwath Narayan of BJP.

0D.K.Suresh’s accessibility by the public played a significant role in his victory.

D.K.Suresh – 877441 votes won with a difference of 207470 votes

Ashwath Narayan – 669971 votes lost with a difference of 207470 votes

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Elections – May 29

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Elections – May 29

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections will be held on May 29.  The total number of Urban Local Bodies in Karnataka are 277. The election will be having 1646 polling stations with 8230 personnel involved. 

The Karnataka State election commission announced elections for different local bodies, including city corporations and councils, panchayats and other urban local bodies.

This election is likely to test the resolve of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition and particularly its grass-root level workers who have been unable to overcome differences.

The Number of Urban Local Bodies going to polls are 63.  This includes 8 city municipal councils, 33 town municipal councils and 22 town panchayats.  The total number of wards are 1361.

Events Calendar – Urban Local Bodies :

Date of issue of notification – May 9 for 63 ULB’s

May 13 for by-polls to taluk and gram panchayats.

Last date to file nominations – May 16

Scrutiny of file nomination papers – May 17

Last date for withdrawal of nominations – May 20

Poling date – May 29 (7 am to 5 pm)

Total number of voters – 14.74 lakh

Total number of wards that will go to the polls : 1361 (248 in 8 City municipal councils, 783 in 33 Town Municipal Councils and 330 in 22 Town Panchayats)

Bypolls – Urban Local Bodies :

Bypolls to ULBs will also be held for vacant seats in ten taluk panchayats, 202 gram panchayats, two seats in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and one seat in Tumkuru corporation. Voting for bypolls will happen on May 29.

Urban Local Bodies election :

ULB polls are being held in 22 districts and model code of conduct will come into effect immediately, until May 31, in specific wards and ULB limits. ULB seats in Bengaluru rural (Anekal) and Urban (Devanahalli and Nelamangala) are going to polls.

Select CMC, TMC and TPs in Chitradurga, Davangere, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Chikmagalur, Dakshin Kannada, Hassan, Mandya, Chamarajnagara, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Bidar, Ballari and Yadgir will go to polls.

Urban Local Bodies (ULB) :

Urban Local Bodieshas existed since the year 1687, with the formation of Madras Municipal Corporation, and then Calcutta and Bombay Municipal Corporation in 1726. In the early part of the nineteenth century almost all towns in India had experienced some form of municipal governance.

In 1882 the then Viceroy of India, Lord Ripon, who is known as the Father of Local Self Government, passed a resolution of local self-government which laid the democratic forms of municipal governance in India.

History of ULB’s :

According to the 1991 Census of India,  there were 3255 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country; classified into the four major categories:

  1.  Municipal Corporation (Nagar Nigam)
  2. Municipality (municipal council, municipal board, municipal committee) (Nagar Parishad)
  3. Town area committee
  4. Notified area committee

The municipal corporations and municipalities are fully representative bodies, while the notified area committees and town area committees are either fully or partially nominated bodies.

Responsibilities of Urban Local Bodies :

The municipal bodies are vested with a long list of functions delegated to them by the state governments under the municipal legislation. These functions broadly relate to public health, , welfare, regulatory functions, public safety, public infrastructure works and development activities.

Public health includes water supply, sewerage and sanitation, eradication of communicable diseases etc.  Welfare includes public facilities such as education, recreation etc. Regulatory functions related to prescribing and enforcing building regulations,   encroachments on public land, birth registration and death certificate etc. Public safety includes fire protection, street lighting etc

Public works measures such as construction and maintenance of inner city roads, etc.  and development functions related to town planning and development of commercial markets.

In addition to the legally assigned functions, the sectoral departments of the state government often assign unilaterally, and on an agency basis, various functions such as  family planning,  nutrition and slum improvement, disease and epidemic control, etc.

Municipal Corporation :

Mahanagar Palika (Munucipal Corporation ) in India are State Government formed departments that works for the development of a metropolitan city,  which has a population of more than 1 million.

The growing population and urbanization in various cities of India were in need of a local governing body that can work for providing necessary community services like health centres, educational institutes and housing and property tax.

They are formed under the Corporations Act of 1835 of panchayati rai system which mainly deals in providing essential services in every small town as well as village of a district/city. Their elections are held once in five year and the people choose the candidates.

The largest corporations are in the eight metropolitan cities of India, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune. These cities not only have a large population, but are also the administrative as well as commercial centres of the country.

Municipality ( Nagar Palika) :

The members of the Nagar palika are elected representatives for a term of five years. The town is divided into wards according to its population, and representatives are elected from each ward. The members elect a president among themselves to preside over and conduct meetings.

A chief officer, along with officers like an engineer, sanitary inspector, health officer and education officer who come from the state public service are appointed by the state government to control the administrative affairs of the Nagar Palika.

Existing Urban Local bodies in Karnataka :

There are total 103 urban local bodies whose term comes to an end between March and July.  39 urban local bodies are pending before the High court.   The highest wards are in Bidar (128), followed by Tumakuru (114) and Mysuru (95) districts.

Election Commission :

According to the Election Commission, electronic voting machines (EVM) will be used for polling with out VVPAT. (Voter verifiable paper Audit Trail).  Throughout India,  VVPATs are not being used in any Urban local bodies polls. 

Sale and manufacture of liquor is banned from May 13 to May 31 in the 10 taluk panchayat and 202 gram panchayat seats.  Where EVM’s are not used, ballot papers will be used for the rural bypolls. 

Alliance – Urban local bodies :

The Coalition parties, who have fought fierce battles in south Karnataka over the decades, decided to form an alliance to circumvent the fractured verdict in the May assembly elections last year.

So intense is the fight between their workers that the JD(S) and Congress decided to go in for a ‘friendly fight’ in the August 2018 ULB election, despite the two coming together earlier in the year to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in Karnataka.

The Congress has already announced that it will not have any alliance with the JD(S) for this election. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president, Dinesh Gundu Rao said that local leaders are free to enter into understanding depending upon local needs.

Congress had earlier confirmed to its workers that its electoral understanding with the JD(S) was limited to assembly and Lok Sabha polls and it has of late found that the workers of both the Congress and JD(S) at local levels have been finding it very difficult to get along with each other as they have been harboring bitter political rivalry since long.

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High voter turnout was recorded at Karnataka at 69% for the general elections 2019.

General Elections 2019 :

After a non-stop campaign for about a month, the remaining 14 seat out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State of Karnataka went to polls in the second and final phase on 23rd .  The battle lines outlined for a bipolar contest between the ruling coalition partners Congress-JD(S) and the BJP.

The Election Commission of India announced that the voting turnout was 68.6%. 

Record voting at Mandya :

Karnataka recorded 68.6% surpassing the previous best record of 67.6% recorded during General Elections 1999.

Mandya constituency broke all records.  Mandya  recorded 80% of voting.  The previous highest voting record was held by Dakshina Kannada at 77.15% in 2014.  In 1984 elections Mandya had polled 77.13%.

In the Second phase Chikkodi had the highest turnout with 71.79% while Raichur had the lowest with 53.30%

II Phase voting turnout :

The constituency-wise breakdown of turnout is as follows ;

Chikkodi  – 69.43%

Belgaum  –  58.72%

Bagalkot  –  65.77%

Bijapur  –  60.28%

Gulbarga –  53.74%

Raichur   – 56.90%

Koppal   –  63.43%

Bellary   –  63.40%

Haveri  –  63.22%

Dharwad  –  64.89%

Uttara Kannada –  69.38%

Davanagere  –  66.70%

Shimogga  –  68.65%

In the first phase on 18 April, 14 constituencies in the southern part of the state covering old Mysuru region and a couple of coastal districts had gone to the polls, recording an overall voter turnout of 68.81 per cent.

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengluru Candidates list from the major parties for the State of Karnataka are almost final. The three major parties who are fighting in the State of Karnataka are BJP, Congress and JD(S). Bengaluru North :

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the  Karnataka.  This constituency has been known by different names in its history.

From 1951 and every election since 1977 it has been known as Bangalore North. For the 1957 and 1962 elections it was known as Bangalore City. For the 1967 and 1971 elections it formed a constituency jointly with Bengaluru South  and was known as Bengaluru.  

From 1951–73, this constituency resided in Mysuru State. On 1 November 1973 Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka. Bengaluru North held its first elections in 1951 and its first member of parliament (MP) was Keshava Iyengar of the Indian National Congress. 

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

 1) Krishnaraja puram

 2) Byatarayanapura  3)   Yeshwanthapura    4)   Dasarahalli  5) Mahalakshmi Layout      6)  Malleshwaram   7)   Hebbal  8)   Pulkeshinagar

 Bengaluru candidates list from North : 

Sadananda Gowda from BJP  :  He is a sitting MP

Krishna Byre Gowda of Congress representing JD(S).   :  He is a sitting MLA

Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) was the 20thcChief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru North.

Education :, LLB, Educated at St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law College, Udupi.

Krishna Byre Gowda :

Krishna Byre Gowda (born 4 April 1973)  was born in Bengaluru to C. Byre Gowda and Savithramma.

He is the current Minister  of Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the cabinet of Coalition government  and Member of Legislative Assembly of the Byatarayanapura Constituency, in office since June 2008.

Education :

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Christ College, now known as Christ University in Bengaluru 1994. He then graduated with a master’s degree (M.A) from the School of International Service at American University Washington 1999.  

Political career :

He has  served three times as an M.L.A. of Karnataka state, twice from Vemegal in Kolar district from 2003 to 2007, and from 2008 to 2013 from the Byatarayanapura Constituency in Bengaluru.

Krishna has  served as the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress between 2007 and 2011, and is currently holds the office of General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, since 2012.

 Bengaluru South :

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (Parliamentary) constituencies in  Karnataka  State.  Currently the seat is vacant since 12 November 2018 due to the untimely passing away of MP Ananth Kumar.  

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

1)     Govindarajnagar

2)    Vihayanagar

3)    Chickpet

4)    Basavangudi

5)    Padmanabhanagar

6)    BTM Layout

7)    Jayanagar

8)    Bommanahalli

 Bengaluru candidates list for South :

 Tejasvi Surya from BJP

  B.K.Hari Prasad from  Congress

  Vatal Nagaaj  from Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha

 Tejasvi Surya :

Tejasvi  who is 28 years old is a  young and dynamic person.  He is the general secretary of BJP’s youth  wing and also an advocate. 

He is the nephew of Ravi Subramanya who is a BJP sitting MLA from Basavangudi.   He  is said to have the strong backing of BJP national joint general secretary (organisation) B.L.Santhosh.  

Qualification / profession   :

Studied LLB at  Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies

Studied Pre-University at National College, Jayanagar

Studied at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home

He is a practicing lawyer at the Karnataka High Court.    He is associate at Haranahalli Law Partners.

Former columnist at India Facts.

Political career :

He is a Former Secretary at Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He is a RSS swayamsevak, the  general secretary of the State Yuva morcha and also a part of the national  social media team of the BJP.

In 2014, when he was just 23 years old, Surya was in great demand for campaigning in different parts of the State for the Lok Sabha elections as Bharatiya Janata Party candidates from several constituencies had requested him to visit their areas.

B.K.Hari Prasad :  

Hariprasad  born  29 July 1954) was born in Benaluru, Karnataka, to A. Kempaiah and K. Gunavathi.  

B.K. Hariprasad is a politician from the INC party. He is a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, of the Indian Paliament. He was the candidate of United Opposition for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and lost to Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh of NDA.  

Education : B. Com. Educated at M.E.S.College, Bangalore University, Bengaluru.                               Countries Visited: Erstwhile Yugoslavia, erstwhile U.S.S.R.,Spain, North Korea, U.S.A. and U.K.

 Vatal Nagaraj :

He is a political figure named after the town he was born in,.  He is the Ex MLA of Chamarajnagar constituency. Nagaraj is the president of a pro-Kannada outfit Kannada Chalavali Paksha.

In 1964 he led a two-month agitation demanding the destruction of a 150-year-old British Raj era cenotaph pillar marking the deaths of soldiers at the Siege of Siege of Bangalore in 1791. In October of that year the cenotaph was dismantled by the Bangalore City Corporation and a statue to Kempe Gowda now stands in its place. In 2018 he started a new agitation in January 25 for water sharing from MAHADAYI river flowing from Goa.  Some political critiques question the authenticity of Vatal’s fight against Goa State for water sharing when he himself fight against Tamil Nadu government for Supreme court order to release water in Cauvery river.

Bengaluru Central :

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka. This constituency was created in 2008 as part of delimitation  It was carved out of the Bengaluru  North and South Lok Sabha constituencies during 2009 Indian elections. It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was P.C.Mohan.  

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments:

 1) Sarvagnanagar 

 2)   C.V.Ramannagar

 3)  Shivajinagar

 4) Shanthinagar 

 5)   Gandhinagar

  6)   Rajajinagar

  7)   Chamarajpet

  8)   Mahadevapura

 Bengaluru candidates list for Central :

 P.C.Mohan from BJP

Rizwan Arshad from Congress

Prakash Raj/Raj as an Independent candidate

P.C.Mohan :

P. Chikkamuni Mohan (born 24 July 1964 to Shri. Chikkamuniswamappa and Smt. P.C.Ramakka at Bangalore) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru  Central.

Education-  Intermediate educated at Vijaya College, Bangalore.

Member – Committee on Members of Parliament,   Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Rizwan Arshad :

Rizwan Arshad is Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress President for second consecutive term.

He started his political career from NSUI as College President, District General Secretary, State General Secretary, National General Secretary. Then continued his career with Indian Youth Congress as State Vice President, National Secretary after that the transformation system of election was bought in the frontal organisations of Congress by Shri. Rahul Gandhi with a vision of opening the doors to common youths & students in the party.

He won the election with the halfway margin for the first time as the President of KPYCC and again He won the consecutive time by a very huge margin.

He got ticket to contest for Lok Sabha  elections from Bengaluru central constituency from INC. However he lost to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

Prakash Raj/Rai :

Prakash Raj was born in Bengaluru (then known as Mysuru state) on 26 March 1965 in a lower-middle-class family.

Prakash Raj (born Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965) is a multilingual film actor,  film director, producer, thespian and television presenter who is known for his works in the South Indian Film Industry and Hindi films.  He acted in back-to-back stage shows for Rs.300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru  and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit. 

Education :   He completed schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys HighSchool, Bengaluru and joined ST. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru.  Prakash Rai changed his surname to Raj based on prominent Tamil film director K.Balachander’s advice.  He is still called Prakash Rai in his home state Karnataka.

Bengaluru Rural : 

Bengaluru  Rural Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) constituencies in  Karnataka.  This constituency was created in 2008 following the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies. It comprises eight assembly segments of which seven are derived from the former Kanakapura Lok Sabha Constituency  (abolished in 2008).  It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was H.D.Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) party. Kumaraswamy resigned his seat in 2013. The by-election that followed was won by D.K.Suresh of the Indian  National congress (INC).

Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments: 

1)  Kunigal 

2) Rajarajeshwarinagar 

3) Benglauru South 

4)  Anekal 

5)   Magadi 

6)  Ramanagara

7)  Kanakapura

8)   Channapatna

Bengaluru candidates list for Rural : 

Ashwath Narayan from BJP

D.K.Suresh from Congress

Ashwath Narayan : 

Ashwath Narayan is son of Shri Kempayya.   He is an Ex-MLC from BJP.  He is a SSLC pass-out.  His hobbies includes theatre and reading.

D.K.Suresh :

Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh (52 years born in Doddahalli, Ramanagara to Mr. Doddaalahalli Kempegowda and Smt. Gowramma Kempegowda) is a MP of the 16th Lok Sabha. 

He is a sitting MP elected From Bengaluru Rural.  His Education  is higher secondary.

Importance of voting :

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow.  Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Cast your vote.  Your vote is precious.






Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan on to take BJP in Lok Sabha 2019 poll battle.  The coalition is planning a big battle against BJP.  Former Prime Minister and JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda has vowed to reduce the BJP to a single digit. The Congress and JD(S) jointly announced a bunch of measures to ensure that their alliance worked without any flaws.

JD(S) – Janata Dal (Secular)  :

The Janata Dal (Secular) is a political party led by former Prime Minister of India, H.D.Deve Gowda. The party is recognized as a State Party in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

It was formed in July 1999 by the split of Janata Dal party.  It has a political presence mainly in Karnataka. In Kerala, the party is part of the Left Democratic front.

Ironically  the JD(S)  was formed in 1999, had its origins in the Janata Party, founded in 1977 as a coalition of several smaller parties that combined forces to oppose the Congress party.

Indian National Congress : 

The Indian National Congress or INC or Congress party or simply Congress is a broadly based Political party in India. Founded in 1885, it was the first modern nationalist movement to emerge in the British Empire in Asia and Africa. 

From the late 19th century, and especially after 1920, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, , Congress became the principal leader of the Indian independence movement.  Congress led India to independence from Great Britain, and powerfully influenced other anti-nationalist movements in the British Empire.

Bharatiya Janata party – BJP :

The BJP’s origin lies in the Bharatiya  Jana Sangh,  formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mukherjee. After the State of Emergency  in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party. It defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 General elections. 

 After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP.

Coalition government in the State of Karnataka – Cong-JD(S) plan :

The Karnataka elections 2018 were held on May 12, 2018, in all 222 of 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.


The election result of the Karnataka this time turns out to be very exciting. BJP having a count of 104 seats, Congress having 78, JD(S) having count of 38 and others on 3. BJP misses out the majority by a very little count which have turn into a great burden to them.

B.S Yediyurappa with such short time to prove majority said that a great mandate given by the people of Karnataka to BJP (104) seats did not suffice and resigned before trust vote. Which paved way for present chief minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy from JD(S).

Cong-JD(S) plan – leaders statements :

Mr. Deve Gowda told reporters ,”Nominations have started. Time is very less. Whatever misunderstanding we have between us, we have to resolve them now”.  

Traditional rival parties the Congress and JD(S) face the challenge of convincing their party workers to work together and get maximum  votes for candidates fielded by the alliance. The alliance is to defeat the BJP.

Senior leaders from both the parties will be appointed as observers in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituency according to Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah. 

He also said, “the observers will ensure coordination between both parties. Strict directives will be issued to the district units of both parties that they should forget their differences and work toward defeating the BJP in the interest of the state, country and democracy. I’m confident our party workers will abide by our decision.

Cong-JD(S) plan – rally :

A mega public rally is been planned near Bengaluru which will be attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda. The event will be held most likely on 31st March  2019.  

According to Siddaramaich this historic rally will sound the bugle of the alliance party election campaign.  After that, the leaders from both parties will hold joint campaigns across all the 28 seats. 

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy admitted that out of 28 constituencies,  there were problems in a few constituencies and affirmed that they would be resolved.

Parameshwara skips Cong-JD(S) plan meet :

The Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara was noticeably absent from the Cong-JD(S) plan meet.    It is observed that Parameshwara is still not happy with the Tumkur Lok Sabha Seat being given to JD(S). 

G.Parameshwara is the Tumakuru district in-charge minister.  He is mounting pressure on the congress leaders to get back Tumakuru back from JD(S).  Tumakuru is represented by S.Muddahanumegowda.

The decision to forego Tumkuru seat has caused a lot of displeasure in the Congress party.

B.Venkatesh Prasad joins BJP :

B.Venkatesh prasad brother of Congress MLA Nagendra from Bellary Rural  joined BJP.   Mr. Prasad had unsuccessfully had a bid for congress ticket during the Lok Sabha by-elections to Bellary constituency. 

After being disappointed with the Congress party Mr.Prasad joined BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The other congress leader who joined BJP is Devendrappa, a congess leader from Harapanahalli and also a relative of Jarkiholi brothers.

Sumalatha Ambareesh as an Independent candidate – a thorn in Cong-JD(S) plan :

Sumalatha, actor and wife of late Kannada actor and former Union Minister M.H.Ambareesh announce her decision.  She will be contesting the elections from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency as an independent candidate against Nikhil Kumaraswamy of JD(S).

This is going to be a high profile battle in Madya Constituency.  She is been holding road shows along with her son in Mandya and taking on the Gowda family.  She is also in touch with the BJP leaders.

Disturbed by her popularity, the JD(S) is on attack mode.  While Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy took a dig at late Ambareesh, his brother HD Revanna made belittle and sexist remarks against her.  JD(S) Thammanna was also among those attacked her.

After the demise of her husband, actor politician MH Ambareesh, his wife Sumalatha showed interest to contest from Mandya to carry forward her husband’s legacy.

Conclusion :

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said that if the JD(S) fares well, other parties would come running to his father, hinting that his father could be looking at another stint as prime minister. 

Even if there is no chance at the top post, greater their number, greater their bargaining power at the Centre if the Mahaghathbandhan does manage a good show in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. 

Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s initiation into the JDS’ electoral fray ignores the many district level leaders who have worked hard for the party. 

The problem has now multiplied with even the Congress workers of the district expressing their opposition to Nikhil’s candidature. Many are openly working for actor Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-MP Ambareesh, who is contesting from Mandya constituency independently. 

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – seat sharing

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – seat sharing

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing wrangling between Karnataka’s ruling coalition parties Congress and  JD(S) has reached a pact.  JD(S) had demanded 12 seats but were given 8.  Congress has conceded Tumakuru seat that it holds to JD(S).

Coalition government seat sharing started doing rounds a while back in Karnataka.  JD(S) had asked for 12 seats and the congress had sited on winnability criteria. 

No seat has been earmarked for Mayawati, who is Mr Kumaraswamy’s ally in the State.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Winnability criteria :

The two allies JD(S) and Congress  who formed the coalition government in Karnataka after striking a post-poll alliance threw up a hung verdict, decided to fight the Karnataja Lok Sabha Polls 2019 together under a coalition arrangement.

According to KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao, “we have discussed all 28 Lok Sabha seats.  It has been decided based pm the winnability of the candidates”.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat-sharing became a major test for coalition government parties.  The JD(S) banked on two-third, one-third formula  adopted in ministry formation and allocation of boards and corporations.  JD(S) had demanded 10 to 12 seats out of the total 28.

JD(S) vs. Congress – Coalition Government seat sharing:

The Vokkaliga centered region of  Mandya was a bone of contention between the coalition government partners as JD(S) is fielding Kumaraswamy’ ‘s son Nikhil from the seat that it currently holds.

The congress got pressure within the party to field Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician M.H. Ambareesh from there.

JD(S) had its pick – the list includes the prize seats of Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru North.

The grand old party of Congress was under pressure from its party workers not to surrender the seats to the JD(S).

Karnataka – Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Congress :

The congress party will be contesting 20 Lok Sabha seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The deal was finalized at Kochi Between Congress national President Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali. 

In the deal of seat sharing, the JD(S) had gained 2 seats i.e, Tumakuru and Bengaluru North where it has a favourable support base.

The party conceded Mysuru and Chikkaballapura constituencies.  The compromise of JD(S) has given a new life to Veerappa Moily as he retained the Chikkaballapura seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls by a mere margin.

HIGHLIGHTS – Karnataka Lok Sabha Polls 2019 SEat sharing :

  1. JD(S) gets crucial seats like Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamangaluru and Vijayapura.
  2. JD(S)  had been haggling over Mysuru-Kodagu seat, which went to Congress
  3. The southern region of the State is where both parties have a base

Hassan and Mandya are considered the JD(S) strongholds, although the leaders’ apparent plans to field two grandsons of Devegowda — Prajwal and Nikhil — in these seats has caused some dissatisfaction within the party.  Out of 8 seats 3 seats are confirmed to be going to the Gowda family.

Nikhil is being fielded by Mandya, Prajwal from Hassan and Bengaluru North is being considered as a possible seat for Mr  Devegowda. 

In 2014, the BJP had walked off with the bulk  share of the seats – 17 Nos.  The Congress won 9 and the JD(S) 2 seats. But to the 43 per cent vote share of the BJP, the combined vote share of the Congress and the JD(S) was nearly 52 per cent.

Karnataka- Seat sharing choice – Deve Gowda :

The JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda has an option of contesting from either Bengaluru north or from Tumakuru.  He has already given up the seat of Mandya and Hassan to his grandson’s Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna.

H D Devegowda-Politicion
H D Devegowda-Politicion

JD(S) had a good show in the last years Assembly elections in Vijayapura Assembly.

The Congress has given up the seats of Shivamogga, where B.S.Yeddyurappa contested and Uttara Kannada, where Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hedge contested, to JD(S).

Former CM Siddaramaiah, who had insisted that the Congress keep the Mysuru seat, had his way.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing by JD(S) :

Both Mr. Devegowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy had a series of meetings with congress President  Mr.Gandhi. After each meeting, they underscored that winning seats, and not their number, was crucial. Party sources initially said the JD(S) was willing to settle for nine seats. After Mr Kumaraswamy’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi, the figure dropped to eight.

Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central.  But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress.  As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.

The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.

Congress minister D.K.Shivakumar :

D.K. Shivakumar is often seen as a trouble-shooter for the Congress. With his sharpness to heal political wounds, he is the go-to man during all political crises. But when it comes to Mandya, it certainly seems like he has lost out on his charm.

With Ambareesh’s widow Sumalatha sticking to her guns on contesting from Mandya, she has become a certain headache for both the Congress and the JD(S).

The opposition to DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya is coming not from anywhere else, but from Mandya itself. The local leadership of Mandya Congress is dead against DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya as a peacemaker.

The local leaders have started a campaign called ‘Go Back DK Shivakumar’ as a mark of protest against him. And it is no secret that the local leaders of Mandya Congress do not want Nikhil Kumaraswamy contesting from there.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Sumalatha Ambareesh :

Sumalatha Ambareesh clarified her fans that she will be contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency.  She was responding to the rumours that she might decide against contesting.  She used Social media and clarified her stand on standing for elections from Mandya.

Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh and her son Abhishek Gowda campaigned for the Lok Sabha elections at BG Pura Hobli in Balakavad, Mandya during her campaign tour.

Sumalatha started her campaign from Malavalli with son Abhishek Gowda.  The actor participated in a hunger strike organized by like-minded people near the statue of Viswesharaiah in the city urging tickets to only locals.

Walk to vote  –

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.


Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – may get affected due to long weekend during Lok Sabha polls 2019.  While the voter turnout may be less in Karnataka, the situation may not be the same in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Election dates – Voter turnout :

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka :

Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Voter turnout – Bengaluru

Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases – on April 18 and April 23.  Elections will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23. 

The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?

Will holiday affect voter turnout?

April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20th and 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays.  Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has not improved.  With so many holidays in between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.

Request  from party :

According to the BJP leader S.Suresh Kumar, the BJP has requested the Central leadership and the Election Commission to reconsider about the election dates for Karnataka as the State is notorious for low voter turnout during extended holidays.

During the Assembly Elections of 2018, only 54.76% voted  in the city of Bengaluru. 

Awareness – Voter turnout :

The election commission will be conducting awareness among the residents of Bengaluru.  The Commission is planning radio talk, TV shows and street plays to create awareness. 

According to the BBMP, the Bengaluru city has 8881066 voters.  The BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath is the District Election Officer (DEO), According to him out of 8881066 voters 4632900 are male and 4248166 are female voters.

Numbers game – voter turnout :

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Bengaluru :

Bengaluru North

Bengaluru South

Bengaluru Central

The total number of voters are 8881066 out of which 4632900 are male voters and 4248166 are female voters.  142048 applications have been received for the revision of electoral rolls.

The Bengaluru city will have 8514 polling booths and 42000 electoral staff with 1600 sensitive booths.

Voters names deleted :

Since October 2018, the total number of voters has come down.  There were 8957064 voters in the Bengaluru city as on 10th October 2018. 

As on 16th January 2019, the number has reduced by around 76000 voters.  These voters were deleted from the list.

According to N. Manjunath Prasad, “the reason for the decrease  in number is the extensive scrutiny of the voters list. After identifying voters who have passed away and those who have shifted from the city, the numbers have come down”.

Previous voting turnout records :

In 2014 Parliament polls, the BJP won 17 seats in Karnataka, Congress 9 seats and JD(S)  2 seats.

In the 2018 assembly elections in the Karnataka State, the Congress got 38% of the Vote share, the BJP 36% and the JD(S) 18%.  The corresponding vote share of the parties in 2014 Lok Sabha elections were 41%, 43% and 11% respectively.

The Southern States with Karnataka account for 131 Lok Sabha seats.

Walk to vote :

It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.


Candidates list –  LS 2019 –  Karnataka

Candidates list – LS 2019 – Karnataka

Candidates list for Lok Sabha 2019 is not yet finalized.  The political parties in Karnataka are rushing to finalize the candidates lists for the Lok sabha elections 2019.

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling. Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

2 phases of elections – Candidates list

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

According to data collected during the 2018 Karnataka state assembly elections, Karnataka has 4,96,82,351 (roughly 4.7 crore) voters.

Coalition government seat sharing – candidates list :

The Coalition government is sharing the seats.  JD(S) is likely to get 7 seats.  The probable candidates list from JD(S) are :

Hassan –  Prajwal Revanna

Shomogga – Madhu Bangarappa

Mandya – Nikhil Kumaraswamy

Bangalre North – H.D.Deve Gowda

Tumakuru – M.T.Krishnappa/ Ramesh Babu / H.Ningappa

Chikkamagaluru – Bojjegowda or Jayaprakash Hegde

Vijayapura – Siddubondi or Ravi chauhan.

Congress probable candidates list :

According to sources, the election committee of the Congress has suggested the following names :

  1. Eshwar Khandre, C M Ibrahim, Vijay Singh for Bidar
  2. Bayakka Meti, Veena Kashappanavar and Ajay Kumar Sarnaik for Bagalkot;
  3. Raju Alagur, Prakash Rathore, Kanta Naik and Shivaraj Tangadagi for Vijayapura
  4. Basanagouda Badarali, Basavraj Hitnal, Virupakshappa and Basavaraj Rayareddi for Koppal
  5. Anjali Nimbalkar, Chinnaraj Hebbalkar, Nagaraj Yadav, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Vivek Rao Patil for Belagavi
  6. Vinay Kulkarni, Shakir Sanadi and Veeranna Mathikatti for Dharwad
  7. Basavraj Shivannavar, Saleem Ahmed and D R Patil for Haveri;
  8. S.S Mallikarjun for Davangere
  9. Prashanth Deshpande, Nivedith Alva and Bheemanna Naik for Uttara Kannada
  10. Aarthi Krishna, Pramod Madhwaraj and B K Hariprasad from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru
  11. Ramanath Rai, Moiudin Bava and Ivan D’Souza from Mangaluru (Dakshina Kannada);
  12. Rizwan Arshad, B K Hariprasad, Roshan Baig and H T Sangliana for Bengaluru Central
  13. Priya Krishna for Bengaluru South;
  14.  C Narayanaswamy, M R Seetharam, B L Shankar, R Rajkumar and B V Srinivas from     Bengaluru North;
  15.   Vijay Shankar and Sooraj Hedge from Mysuru.

BJP probable Candidates list :

The Karnataka BJP unit announced its poll in-charge leaders for the 28 seats in Karnataka.  The leaders will coordinate with the State BJP party and the local party representatives to monitor and undertake all  general election 2019 related work for the upcoming polls.

The Committee by the BJP is headed by BJP President Yeddurappa,.  The party has strategically picked leaders for each Lok Sabha Segment.

Different leaders for different segments :

The Mysuru – Kodagu segment will be headed by party leader and former  DCM K.S.Eshwarappa, an MLA from Shimmoga.  The Bellari will be handled by former CM and Hubballi-Dharwad MLA Jagadish Shettar.  B.Sriramulu will be in charge of the Koppal segment.

Bengaluru south will be handled by Subba Narasimha .R.Ashok MLA from Padmanabhanagar acts as the convenor of the constituency.

BJP probable candidates list :

  1.  Bengaluru South – Mrs. Tejaswini Ananthkumar
  2. Bengaluru Central – P.C.Mohan
  3. Bengaluru North – Sadananda Gowda / Dr.H.M.Chandrashekar
  4. Bengaluru Rural – Asjwath Narayana Gowda/ Tulasi Muniraju/ C.P.Yogeshwar / M.R.Rudresh
  5. Chikkaballapur – Bachhe Gowda/ Sharath Bachhe Gowda
  6. Kolar – D.S.Veeraiah / Chalavadi Narayana Swamy
  7. Mysuru/Kodagu – Pratap Simha/ Dr.Manjunath / D.Madhegowda
  8. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar / Sogadu Shivanna / G.S.Basavaraj
  9. Chamarajanagara – M.Shivanna
  10. Shivamogga – B.Y.Raghavendra
  11. Udupi/Chikkamangaluru – Shobha Karandlaje/ D.N.Jeevaraj/ Ratnakar Shetty/ Jayaprakash Hedge
  12. Chitradurga – Janardhana Swamy/ Dr.Lakshminarayan
  13. Davanagere – G.M.Siddeshwar
  14. Dakshina Kannada – Nalin Kumar Kateel
  15. Uttara Kannada – Ananth Kumar Hegde
  16. Chikkodi – Ramesh Kathi
  17. Dharawad – Prahlad Joshi / Vijay Sankeshwara
  18. Koppal – C.V.Chandrashekar / Singanal Virupakshappa / Sanganna Karaddi
  19. Bidar – Bhagavantha Kooba / Mallikarjuna Kooba
  20. Haveri/Gadag – Shivakumar Udhasi
  21. Belagavi – Suresh Angadi/ Prabhakar Koore
  22. Bagalkote – P.H.Poojar/ Sangamesh Nirani/ P.C.Gaddegowdar
  23. Vijayapura – Ramesh Jigajanage
  24. Hassan – Yoga Ramesh
  25. Madhya – Siddaramaiah/ Sumalatha (if she joins BJP)
  26. Bellari – Venkatesh (brother – Nagendra) / J.Shantha
  27. Raichur – Sanna Pakkerappa/ Thipparaja Hawaldar (if congress gives Raichur seat to JD(S) then it will be B.V.Naik (Ex-congress)
  28. Kalburgi – Umesh Jadhav

Chances of giving ticket to new faces are:

  1. Bengaluru North – Dr. H.M.Chandrashekar
  2. Koppal – Singanal Virupakshappa / C.V.Chandrashekar
  3. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar
  4. Bagalkote – P.C.Poojar / Sangamesha Nirani
  5. Bellari – Venkatesh Prasad (Nagendra’s brother)
Voting and democracy :

In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting in an election: a way for an electorate to elect, i.e. choose, among several candidates for rule. In a representative democracy, voting is the method by the which the electorate appoints its representatives in its government.

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Voting is perhaps the most important thing a citizen can do to support their democratic form of government.

Democracy system :

A democracy is a system in which the people have a voice in the decisions of their community or nation. Voting has long been the method used to determine the will of the citizenry. Without a vote, a citizen is essentially voiceless.

Importance of Vote :

Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It enables the citizens to choose their own government. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens.

In a democracy, every eligible citizen should be able to vote, including members of the military and civilians scattered across the globe.

Every vote counts :

Your Vote Always Counts, So Be a Responsible Voter. It’s your civic duty as an Indian  to vote, and a precious Indian right. Remember that your vote always counts – not just in close elections, but in every election.



Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

Elections will be held in seven phases. The EC announced the General Elections 2019 Schedule in New Delhi. After the announcement of the election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.

The Election Commission had convened a meeting to assess preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections. In the meeting, Polls in Jammu and Kashmir was also reportedly discussed.

Importance of voting in a democracy :

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Code of conduct – election dates :

According to Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, “ the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014”.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. As soon as the elections dates were announced, the model code of conduct came into force.

Lok sabha 2019 : elections dates announced :

The 543 elected Members of the Parliament will be elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post-voting. The President of India nominates an additional two members from the Anglo-Indian community if he believes the community is under-represented.

Eligible voters must be Indian citizens, 18 or older, an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency and possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India.

Some people convicted of electoral or other offences are barred from voting.

Karnataka Elections dates declared :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.
Karnataka will send 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

Total number of LS seats in Karnataka: 28

Here are the dates and number of seats that will go on polls

Phase II– The election will be held on April 18 on 14 seats.

Bengaluru votes on April 18.

Phase III– The election will be held on April 23 on 14 seats. 

Election dates – Filing of Nomination  :

According to the EC, for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

For those 14 constituencies going to the polls on April 23, the last date for filing nominations is April 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is April 8.

Elections dates in Karnataka :

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka


Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Different phases of voting :

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling.Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

Neutral voters :

Neutral voters are being wooed by the political parties using social media.  AS elections dates are announced, Congress party targets BJP turf social media in the coming General elections 2019

Chasing of voters has begun.  The political parties are targeting neutral voters with the help of voter intelligence software.  The parties are planning to tap every voter thru automated phone calls, text messages and WhatsApp messages.

Role of social media – general elections dates declared 2019 :

Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019.  This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.

The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.

India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people.  The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.

Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections.  According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%. 

“Walk to vote” – elections dates announced :

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. In many countries, the minimum age for voting is 18 years.

Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Right to vote:

Right to vote energizes social awareness since it empowers political cooperation. The citizens can follow the progress of the political representatives and the legislature.

This consistent process enables the general population to settle on educated choices about whom to vote in favor of in the following term. Also, the legislature can’t generally act arbitrarily when the entire nation is observing.

Every adult is given the right to vote, irrespective of sex, class, occupation and so forth. This is representative of uniformity and congruity.

It is a fundamental right in which all citizens get an opportunity to choose who represents them.

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Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) has announced its candidate for Mandya.   Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda makes entry into politics from Mandya.

Nikhil Gowda – Janata Dal (S) :

The 28 year old is seen as the heir to Kumaraswamy’s legacy.  Sources say he is being pushed to contest elections because of his father’s deteriorating health.

The Janata Dal (S) party is demanding 12 seats out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State from its alliance Congress party.

“A few party leaders from Mandya have been pressing me to contest the LS Polls.  As the Chief Minister’s son, I have some responsibilities.  If the party leaders decide that I have to contest the elections, I have no choice” Nikhil said.

Congress +Janata Dal (S) alliance :

Nikhil’s candidature will mark the entry of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s second grandson into electoral politics, as the Janata Dal (S) supremo has already indicated that Prajwal Revanna is likely to be the party candidate from Hassan.


The assertion to claim Mandya came as Congress and JD(S) have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together but are yet to finalize a seat-sharing arrangement.

H.D.Kumaraswamy on Janata Dal (S) Seat from Mandya :

“Mandya candidate will be from JD(S), there is no question of our party going back. If Nikhil Kumaraswamy has to contest the election, we will not flee to Mysuru or any other place.If he contests, he will contest from Mandya,” he said, adding his family has grown in politics from struggle, and there was no question of going elsewhere fearing somebody.

Kumaraswamy’s comment comes days after Mrs. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of the late actor-turned-politician M H Ambareesh, expressed strong intentions to contest from Mandya on a Congress ticket.

Reaction of Sumanalatha Ambareesh on Janatal Dal (S) candidacy :

Mrs. Sumalatha said that she was still waiting for response from Congress to her willingness to contest from Mandya. 

Addressing media she quoted that she was not interest in announcements by other political parties.  “I am yet to hear anything officially from the Congress. I will not take any decisions until I hear from the party” she said.

Conclusion :

Many citizens view Karnataka politics becoming political dynasty.  At one time, Mulayam’s family had 7 law makers in Uttar Pradesh .  Lalu Prasad had as many as 10 law makers in Bihar.  Now it is Karnataka’s turn.  Gowda’s Janata Dal (S) will have 7 members now.

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Seat sharing – Lok sabha elections 2019

Seat sharing bickering has started in Karnataka.  JD(S) Demands 12 Lok Sabha Seats in Karnataka; Congress Says ‘No Confusion’ in Seat-sharing.

Deve Gowda said the seat sharing will be on a 2:1 formula. According to which, 11 seats should come to the JD(S). The party was seeking one extra seat, noting that differences, if any, would be sorted out after discussion with Congress president.

Pressure on both parties – seat sharing :

The congress party is under immense pressure to finalize  the list of the candidates  for the upcoming lok sabha elections 2019. 

Karnataka has 28 seats out of which BJP is currently holding 16, congress with 10 and JD(S) 2 numbers.

The blueprint for seat-sharing would first be discussed at the state level by the coalition coordination committee.  The committee will be chaired by senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah and then will be finalized by the heads of both the parties. 

Seat sharing basis :

 After the formation of the coalition government, the formula of 2:1 was adopted in allocating portfolios, boards and corporations. Naturally, the same formula will apply to Lok Sabha seats.

According to the formula, 11 seats should come to the JD(S) and the party was seeking one extra seat.

Many congress leaders expressed concern over confusion among workers of both parties.  The coalition duo face the poll as allies.  But they have their eyes definitely on some seats.

Decision on seat sharing in the Lok Sabha elections:

Sharing of seats in old Mysuru is not favorite to both the parties.  JD(S) has set eyes on Tumakkuru and Chikkaballapura which are currently represented by the Congress.  But the congress party is in no mood to part with these seats.

The congress is ready to forgo Bengaluru North to JD(S), if JD(S) supremo H.D.Deve Gowda decides to contest from there.  However finalization of tickets will depend on the seat sharing agreement between the alliance partners.

No Support :

The congress party has decided not to extend support to Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh and actor Prakash Raj if they contest independently.  Mandya is a JD(S) stronghold.  Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh is being under pressure to contest from Mandya. 

Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central.  But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress.  As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.

The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget will be presented by the Chief minister Kuamraswamy today in Vidhana soudha.  The Karnataka budget will be presented at around noon today after legislative party meetings by the Congress, JDS and BJP.

Congress meeting before budget 2019 :

The Congress issued a whip requiring all its lawmakers to accept  by directives, failing which they would be disqualified and banned from contesting polls for the next six years.

Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah also directed four disagreeing Congress lawmakers to attend a Congress Legislature Party meeting today before budget 2019, warning of action as per the anti-defection law.

Kumaraswamy woos rebel leaders with posts before budget 2019:

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has tried to attract the rebel congress leaders with prime positions in the government prior to  the Karnataka Budget 2019.

Among the beneficiaries of this move are lawmakers Pratap Gowda Patil, Basaveshwaranagar Daddal and MA Gopalaswamy. While Mr Daddal has been appointed as chairman of the Scheduled Tribes Welfare Board, Mr Gopalaswamy is the new parliamentary secretary to Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar.

Disgrunted lawmaker Umesh Jadhav — found to be absenting himself from Congress.  He has been replaced by Mr  Patil as the chairman of the Warehouse Corporation.

Congress MLA’s :

The budget 2019 session will be held at 12.32 pm, following legislative party meetings by the Congress, BJP an JDS. Sources said Mr. Jadhav and another dissident, Ramesh Jharkiholi, may be sacked by the Congress today.

As no Congress MLA has resigned from the party so far, the coalition still officially has 118 MLAs in a House with 113 as its halfway mark. Earlier the Congress leadership had exuded confidence that all the party MLAs will be present for the budget 2019.

Citizen’s views on Budget 2019:

Will H.D.Kumaraswamy placate the voters with a lot of sops in budget 2019? With an eye on elections, will the chief minister dole out freebies just like the farm loan waivers? If yes, where will he finance all these goodies?

Voters of other castes will take umbrage if nothing is done to better their conditions. It is indeed a tight-rope walk. Pampering one can vex the other and vice-versa.

In such a precarious situation, H.D.Kumaraswamy’s moves will certainly be scrutinized with the precision of a surgeon. Will the chief minister bait the caste-card or will he fearlessly and assiduously tilt the needle in favor of development not riddled in the chasms of caste in budget 2019?

Highlight of the Budget by HDK

  • Rs.12,650 cr for CORP loan waiver
  • Rs.950 cr for Ayushman Bharath Arogya Karnataka
  • Move to make CET online
  • Technological University at Hassan by bifurcating VTU
  • Rs.20 cr for mango processing units in Ramanagarm dharwad and tomato processing units in Kolar

for Namma Bengaluru

  • Rs.8,015 cr for Nava Bengaluru Kriya Yojane
  • Rs 50 cr for Bengaluru Mobility plan
  • Rs.1,000 cr for elevated corridor
  • Incubation centre to help start-ups
  • Common Commuter Card for Metro and BMTC
  • Construction of Peripheral ring road
  • Extension of Kengeri Metro network
  • Additional loop for Hebbal flyover towards KR Puram
  • 400-tonne waste-toenergy plant
  • Study viability of Metro for Mysuru, Mangaluru Hubballi-Dharwad.

Wait and watch for more news.

Diversion – Rs.150 crore from BBMP limits

Diversion – Rs.150 crore from BBMP limits

Diversion of Rs.150 crore from BBMP limits goes to four JD)U) constituencies.  The State Government has diverted SWM fund to Devanahalli, Hoskote, Nelamangala, Mangadi and Ramanagara taluks.

Government diverts funds from BBMP limits :

The money diversion is from the money earmarked for solid waste management under the Mukhyamantri Nava Bengaluru’s project.  The amount allotted for this project is Rs.753 crore. 

The five taluks are outside the city municipal limits.  The above mentioned places outside the city municipal limits will get Rs.150 crore for developmental works.  This includes solid waste disposal and processing units. 

According to some this seems like a politically motivated move.

Diversion of funds – JD(S) Constituencies :

The four taluks which is getting money through diversion are constituencies represented by the JD(S) leaders – Narayanaswamy L.N. (Devanahalli), K.Sreenivasamurthy (Melamangala), A. Manjunath (Magadi) and Anitha Kumaraswamy (Ramanagara). 

Hoskote is represented by M.T.B.Nagaraju who represented Congress and is the housing minister.

JD(S) Constituencies

In these areas the Waste management processing units were proposed to be set up in the future.  Instead of using the money for waste processing units which are operational and where locals are protesting the money  has been diverted.

Impact of Diversion :

Developmental work around the areas of Doddabidarakallu, Lingadheeranahalli, Subbarayanapalya, Kannahalli and Seegehalli plants have till date received only Rs.10 crore each.

These are the waste processing units which have met with strong opposition and resistance from residents residing in and around the area.  The problems faced by the residents includes foul smell and mosquito menace.

Solid Waste Management

Rs.15 crore is allotted or made available for the development of villages in and around new landfills and the existing landfills.  The existing landfills includes Bellahalli, Mittiganahalli and Bagalur.

Reasons given by the Government/BBMP :

According to Mr. Mahendra Jain, the Additional Chief Secretary (Urban development) “the allocation to the five taluks was to “mitigate” the effects of sending the Bengaluru city’s waste there.  The waste which goes to these areas will be compensated with better infrastructure”.

Karnataka crisis – 2 MLA’s withdraw support

Karnataka crisis is continuing.  The 2 independent MLA’s supporting the coalition government on 15.01.2019 withdrew support.

Congress, JD(S), BJP heading for showdown – Karnataka crisis deepens

Both congress and the BJP are accusing each other of luring away each others legislators in this Karnataka crisis.  Chief Minister in a press meet said that his government is safe and there is no threat.

Karnataka crisis – support withdrawal :

The withdrawal of support of 2 MLA’s is unlikely to disturb the congress-JDS alliance.  Karnataka crisis takes worse scenario when 11 MLA’s from the ruling group resign to reduce the coalition to a minority government.

Independent MLA Shankar.R.

Two independent MLA’s R. Shankar from Ranebennur and H. Nagesh from Mulbagal released letters addressing the governor stating their withdrawal.   They are yet to meet the governor formally.

H.Nagesh – Independent MLA

The resignation comes at a time when there is speculation on the BJP.  The speculation is that the BJP is attempting to get congress MLA’s to resign to reduce coalition numbers thus creating Karnataka crisis.

Karnataka Crisis –  Coalition members (MLA’s):

The coalition government has 80 congress MLA’s and 37 JD(S) MLA’s.  The halfway mark of 113 No. is met with this coalition.  The BJP has 104 MLA’s.  There are 2 independent MLA’s and one BSP MLA.

Speculation is that atleast 7 Congress MLA’s who are unhappy after not being made ministers might withdraw support.

The independent MLA’s were reported to be with 5 Congress MLA’s.  Umesh Jadhav, MLA from Chincholi, who wanted to become a minister has been spotted in Delhi.

Karnataka Crisis- Highlights :

  • 2 MLA’s are believed to be inside a Mumbai hotel
  • 2 MLA’s withdrew their support “with immediate effect”.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister said that he is totally relaxed.  He stated that his government is stable.

According to the Independent MLA H. Nagesh, there is no understanding between the 2 coalition partners.  According to him some of the senior leaders are also willing to come out off the coalition government.

Chiefs to boards, Corporations – Karnataka

Chiefs to boards and corporations in Karnataka have been appointed.  Congress legislators have been approved for the appointment to various boards and corporations.  The list has left out five key recommendations made by the party.

Power house of Karnataka State

This move by Chief Minister Kumara Swamy will bring hostility between the coalition partners. 

Chief to Boards, Corporations – Congress Recommendation

The congress party has recommended 19 legislators names to the post of Chiefs to boards, Corporations.  9 members were recommended for the appointment as the parliamentary secretaries. 

The Chief Minister has not signed the recommended legislators order upsetting the congress.  The recommendation had nominees for boards, corporations coming under the departments controlled by the JD(S) ministers.

The congress party had recommended Congress MLA T.Venkataramaiah as Chairperson of Karnataka Road Development Corporation.  N.A.Haris was recommended as chairperson of BMTC.  The BMTC comes under the Transport department controlled by the JD(S) party. 

The other names not approved by Kumara Swamy includes for the post of Chiefs of boards, corporations includes S.N.Subbareddy as Chairperson of KSIC, S.T.Somashekar as BDA Chairman and K.Sudhakar as KSPCB Chairman.

Chiefs to Boards, Corporations – Names approved by H.D.Kumara Swamy

Chief Minister H.D.Kumara Swamy

The following are the names approved by the Chief Minister for the post of chiefs to boards, corporations are :

B.K.Sangameshwar – Karnataka Land Army Corporation

Narendra.R – Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation

Umesh G Jadhav – Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation

T.Raghu Murthy – Hutti Gold Mines Ltd.

Yashwantharaygoud B.Patil – Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board

B.A.Basavaraj – Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd.

B.Shivanna – Keonics

Narayanaswamy S.N. – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Development Corporation

Munirathna – Karnataka Skill Development Corporation

Shivaram M Hebbar – North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation

B.S.Suresh – Karnataka State Small Industries Development Corporation

Laxmi Hebbalkar – Mysore Minerals Ltd.

T.D.Raje gowda – Malnad Area Development Authority.

PWD Minister H.D.Revanna was keen to get these positions to his recommended candidates. 

The chief minister approved the recommendations by the congress for the parliamentary secretaries.  The names includes legislators Anjali Nimbalkar, Mahantesh S Koujalagi, Roopa Shashidhar, Raghavendra H. Hitnam, Durgappa Hulageri (all MLAs), A.Abdul Jabbar, Ivan D’Souza, K.Govindaraj (all MLCs). 

Cabinet Expansion – Karnataka State

The Cabinet expansion and reshuffling is taking place in Karnataka on 22nd December 2018.

To contain the boiling dissatisfaction within the party over cabinet expansion, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government will be expanding on 22nd  December 2018.

Coalition Government

The Congress legislation party (CLP) met at Suvarna Soudha.  The winter session of Karnataka State is underway in Belagavi.  Many legislators raised issues concerning the developmental work progressing in a slow pace.

Cabinet expansion and reshuffle:

Many projects are taking a back seat under the coalition government.  According to congress sources it will be both cabinet expansion and reshuffle.  According to an agreement reached between the 2 parties at he time of formation of the coalition government, there are 6 vacant ministerial positions left for congress and 2 for JD(S).

Karnataka Government Cabinet

The cabinet expansion on 22nd December will be the 2nd expansion of the coalition government.  The Chief Minister at present is heading a 26 member cabinet.  Along with the cabinet expansion, the congress party will be filling up of MLA’s as heads to various boards and corporations.  Their appointment will be as Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers.

North Karnataka not happy 

Many MLA’s from north Karnataka strongly opposed about the lesser representation of legislators from their region in the cabinet.  41 MLA’s represent North Karnataka.  Only 5 are accommodated in the cabinet.  Out of 36 MLA’s belonging to Southern Karnataka, 11 MLA’s are having a plum post.

Recently Ramalinga Reddy of BTM layout Constituency openly expressed his unhappiness over the cabinet expansion.  Leaders and former ministers were to given berths during the 1st cabinet expansion. 

The senior MLA’s who missed the posts are Ramalinga Reddy, M.B.Patil, Satish Jarkoholi, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Roshan Baig and S.R.Patil.  All these leaders have expressed their unhappiness for denying cabinet positions.

Cabinet Expansion – 2nd round

The 2nd round of cabinet expansion has been postponed many times since 1st round of cabinet expansion in June mentioning different reasons.  The reasons including local body elections, by polls and of course inauspicious times.

Lobbying for Ministerial berth

Ahead of the cabinet expansion, many legislators are lobbying for inclusion in the ministerial berth.  Some of the senior leaders have urged Mr. Siddaramaiah to recommend them to the party high command for the vacant 6 cabinet posts.

Sharing by the Coalition government – cabinet expansion

Out of 34 member ministry, the congress party made 15 of its 80 legislators cabinet ministers.  The JD(S) made 9 out of 11 posts as its quota. 

As per the sharing quota congress is entitled to 20 out of the 30 State run boards and corporations and JD(S)  balance 10 posts to the statutory bodies. 

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New Deputy Mayor – Bengaluru

B.Bhadre Gowda of JD(S) is been elected as the new Deputy Mayor of Bengaluru.

New Deputy Mayor

The post of deputy Mayor was vacant for some time.  Barely a week after she was elected as Bengaluru’s new deputy Mayor, Ramila Umashankar, the Janata Dal (Secular) Corporator from Kaveripura ward, died after she suffered a heart attack.  She was 44.

Following the death of Deputy Mayor Ramila Umashankar, the regional commissioner had ordered BBMP to conduct the polls for the post.

Appointment of Deputy Mayor :

As Bhadre Gowda was the only person to file nomination for the post, Regional Commissioner declared  him elected unopposed.

He had held the position of Chairman of Standing Committee in 2016.   The Bengaluru City’s new Deputy Mayor B. Bhadre Gowda is 52 years old.  He is from JD(S) party.  He represents Nagpura ward (Ward No.67) in Mahalakshmi Layout assembly constituency.  He is a 1st time corporator.

The New Deputy Mayor’s demand as soon as he got elected for the post was a new Multi Utility Vehicle.  He requested the Bengaluru Maha Nagara Palike (BBMP) to replace his “too old” official car with a new top-end Toyota Innova Crysta.

As the State is run by a coalition government (JD(S) and congress) there is an understanding that the post of the Mayor will be held by Congress and Deputy Mayor post by JD(S).

Standing Committee:

The elections were held for the positions of chairperson for 12 Standing Committee’s of the BBMP council.  The chairmen for 4 of the Standing committees will be given to the JD(S) corporators in the BBMP council.

The JD(S) party is demanding to retain the post of chairman of Tax and Finance Standing committee.

Prior to the elections, there were differences of opinion between the congress and the BJP about the nominations to different Standing Committees.

The New Deputy Mayor’s priority is to make Bengaluru clean and green.  He has his own ideas for the city and is trying to implement it in a short span of time.


`Coordinator’ Naidu calls on `guide’ Gowda to take on BJP

`Coordinator’ Naidu calls on `guide’ Gowda to take on BJP

The Co-ordinator Mr. Chandrababu Naidu meets ‘Guide’ Mr.Deve Gowda.  Amid a cheering crowd contained in a file behind police barricades outside his residence, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda welcomed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 8th November 2018.

The two leaders, in the presence of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, discussed the need to bring all non-BJP parties on board in the run-up to the 2019 elections in an hour-long meeting at Gowda’s residence.

The electoral sweep by the ruling coalition comes as a boost to opposition unity as the bypolls were seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

However Gowda and Naidu seem to be at odds over the Prime Ministerial candidate.  While Mr. Gowda has been batting for a `mahagathbandan’ led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi,  Chandra Babu Naidu parried questions on who would lead if an alliance becomes a reality, saying he was only interested in saving the nation and PM candidate will be decided later.

Deve Gowda said the meeting was called to work out further strategy on forming the alliance. He attacked the Narendra Modi government for destabilizing constitutional institutions like the CBI and RBI and urged “like-minded” to join hands for the elections.

Naidu had last week met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, putting aside the decades-old rivalry between the two parties in what he described was a “democratic compulsion” to defeat the BJP. He also recently met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP Leader Mayawathi among others on the formation of a ‘third front’.  According to Mr. Naidu the talks have been ‘very positive’.


2018 By-election results in Karnataka

2018 By-election results in Karnataka

The results for 3 Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka were declared on 06.11.2018.

  • Congress’s A.Nyamagouda won Jamakhandi assembly seat.
  • Anita Kumaraswamy from JD(S) won Ramanagaram Assembly seat
  • Y.Raghavendra from BJP won Shivamogga Lok Sabha Constituency
  • Congress’s V.S.Ugrappa won Bellary Lok Sabha constituency
  • R.Shivarame Gowda from JD(S) won from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency

A total of 31 candidates were in the fray from all the 5 constituencies.

The by-elections were necessiated after Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramulu (Bellary) of Bharatiya Janata Party and C.S. Puttaraju  JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as Member of Parliament on their election to the Assembly in May 2018.

By-polls to Jamakhandi assembly seat was caused by the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda while Ramanagara fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat preferring Chennapatna.

The performance in by-polls is a boost for the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in the State which was facing questions of longevity.

Aside from improving its electoral prospects, the JD(S) also realizes that by sticking with the Congress, it can continue in power for a  longer term in Karnataka, with Kumaraswamy at the helm.