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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Uttama Prajakeeya Party – Upendra

Uttama Prajakeeya Party Upendra is contesting all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies during the upcoming elections.

Founder Upendra – UPP

The concept of ‘Prajaakeeya’ where people are the ultimate rulers is something Upendra has been vouching for since his foray into politics through KPJP.

Upendra – Head Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

He officially announced the party “Uttama Prajakeeya Party” on his birthday i.e. on September 18th  2018.  He said in one of his social media post “Leaders of Democracy, To bring a complete change through ‘Prajakeeya’ a new manifesto based ART of Governance (Accountability, Responsibility, Transparency)”


Uttama Prajakeeya Party – politics without money :

According to Upendra his party and his politics does not involve use of money power.  The acronym of his party is same as his nickname UPPI.

He is planning to bring some known people from diverse backgrounds to the party so that it does not look like an one-man-show.

28 Lok Sabha Seats – Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

Upendra and his team are personally interviewing interested candidates who wants to join his party.  He is ensuring that the best of candidates are selected. Every candidate is required to study his/her respective constituency in detail and to make a report of the existing situation.

Uttama Prajakeeya Party candidates will be contesting on autorickshaw symbol assigned by the Election Commission. 

Symbol of the party

Upendra  is one of the aspirants for the party ticket but would have to pass through a selection process.  If selected he would decide on the constituency from which he would contest. 

Agenda of Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

Instead of Rajakeeya (Politics) the party would propagate Prajakeeya (of the people, for the people, by the people).  The party is believed strongly in transferring power to the people in spirit.

The party has created a five point program to convince people of their commitment to democratic principles : Selection, Election, correction, Rejection, Promotion.  People will take an engaging role in the process of selection and election. 

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.





Transport facility for disabled for the byelections

Transport facility for disabled for the byelections

The Election Commission, keen to make polls more accessible for the differently-abled, has ordered the Karnataka State Chief Electoral Officers to arrange pick and drop facility for all such voters on polling day.  Government vehicles will be used for this purpose for the by-elections scheduled for November 3 in Karnataka.

The facility can be utilized by accessing the “Chunavana Mobile Application” (on play store) and booking a slot at the ‘pickup service facility’.  The applicants have to enter their EPIC number, mobile no. and address following which they will get a confirmation call.

District administrations will arrange the specially allocated election duty vehicle and volunteer. Wheelchairs will be arranged at respective polling stations. They can also be booked through the app and the CEO Karnataka website and also through the Karnataka Election Information System.

By-polls are being held to three Lok Sabha constituencies — Bellary, Shivvamogga and Mandya and two Assembly constituencies — Jamkhandi and Ramanagara.


Crowd-funding of political parties ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Crowd-funding of political parties ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Lob Sabha polls are due in 2019 and all the political parties have stepped up their game with alliances and bargains taking center stage.  The Election Commission of India held an all-party meeting in New Delhi where the major political national parties and 51 regional parties were invited to discuss different issues such as paper ballots, the limit on election expenses and domestic migrant voting.

Another thing in the agenda was a timely submission by parties of annual audited reports, the inclusion of print media as a medium to appeal for votes prior to election and gender representation in political parties.

The key issue which became a discussion point during the all-party meet was the funding of political parties and if a limit should be imposed on the amount of money that parties can spend during an election campaign.

The expenditure of conducting the Lok Sabha elections is borne by the Centre while the state governments spend to maintain law and order during the Lok Sabha elections.

However, there are no limits on the expenditure incurred by political parties and hence large sums of money are raised and spent by them during their election campaigns.

ECI statement on Lok Sabha elections

All registered political parties have to submit before the ECI a statement of election expenditure. Similarly, within 30 days after the conclusion of the Lok Sabha elections, all contesting candidates are required to produce an expenditure statement before the ECI.

Political parties are supposed to provide details of total amounts provided to contesting candidates and to provide details on amounts received to the ECI.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal launched a nationwide crowd-funding initiative to raise funds for the next years’ Lok Sabha elections.  The parties donation drive is known as ‘Aap Ka Daan, Rashtra Ka Nirmaan’ (Your donation will develop the nation).

The Indian National Congress members are visiting homes with donation vouchers of Rs,50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 to take on the financially well to do BJP.

The BJP is accepting the donation on the Narendra Modi App.  The drive of collection donation is known as ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. The party accepts a donation from Rs.5 to a maximum of Rs.1,000.

Seven national parties received Rs.710.80 crore from unknown sources during 2016-17.

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Udupi Chikkamagalur -Shobha Karandlaje

Shobha Karandlaje


Shobha Karandlaje (born 23 October 1966 at Puttur to Late Shri. Monappa Gowda and Smt. Poovakka) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Udupi-Chickmagalur for BJP. She was a cabinet minister in the Government of Karnataka. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator.

Elected From Udupi Chikkamagalore.

Education–  M.A., M.S.W. educated at Mysore and Mangalore University

Positions Held

2008-2013 Member-Karnataka Legislative council
2014 Member, Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Cabinet Minister, Government of Karnataka
May, 03.12.2014 Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
01.09.2014 – 03.12.2014 Member – Committee on Empowerment of Women
01.09.2014 onwards Member-Standing committee on Defence, Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Agriculture.
13.05.2015 onwards Member-Joint committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015.

Countries Visited : China, European Countries, Nepal and U.S.A. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator. She resigned in 2009 due to a political crisis but was re-instated in 2010 and was entrusted with the energy portfolio. She was the power minister in the Jagadish Shettar government and also had the additional charge of the food and civil supplies department.