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A Gateway To Reclaim

The BJP pulls no punches in Karnataka, where the Congress cannot afford to lose

A Gateway To Reclaim
The Modi Hand | Photograph by PTI
A Gateway To Reclaim
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2018-02-13T17:29:33+05:30

Karnataka Assembly Poll 2013

40 ⁄ 223

  • Congress returned to power on its own after nine years, winning 122 seats, 42 more than its tally in the 2008 election, while BJP got 70 less than its previous score.

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If there were any doubts that the forthcoming Karnataka assembly polls were going to be a rancorous affair, those were put to rest this week with some freshly minted phra­ses—“ease of doing murder” and “10 per cent commission sarkar”— entering the election glossary. It was PM Narendra Modi flagging off his party’s campaign for the southern state ruled by a combative Congress. It’s a key election for both the rival parties—the Congress cannot afford to be Karnataka-mukt and the BJP wouldn’t want to be saddled with a defeat at this point.

“Winning Karnataka is very crucial for 2019 as losing here would raise the pressure in three states,” says a BJP functionary, referring to the year-end polls in...

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