Trends & Key Issues
- The BJP is hoping to cash in on its assembly election success last year. Development and good governance is its plank.
- The Congress is on a shaky wicket. It has risked fielding all senior leaders.
- Congress is hoping to cash in on issues like the Mangalore pub attack and the targeting of churches and prayer halls.
- The BJP's pitch is that it will win 24 of the 28 seats. It hopes JD(S) will cut the secular votes of the Congress.
***Ever since the Janata parivar tasted power in Karnataka in the early 1980s, it has been slowly evolving into the triangular battle we are seeing this time. The Congress, the BJP and Janata Dal (S) are pitted against each other in most of the 28 constituencies. The JD(S) may be contesting only 18 seats, but its reasonable presence in the remaining 10 will tilt the tally of the two national...