8 May 2023

Karnataka Election 2023: High Voltage Campaign To End Today; Where The Two Parties Stand On Ground?

BENGALURU: A high voltage campaign in Karnataka will end at 5 pm today and votes will be cast on May 10. The election results of Karnataka will come on 13 May

Star campaigners from various parties including PM Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka, Mallikarjun Kharge, DK Shivakumar, HD Kumaraswamy among others have addressed various public gatherings to make voters aware of their manifestos and promises. 

This election campaign is also important because it is the first election when BS Yediyurappa, the tallest leader of BJP in Karnataka, is not leading the party's election campaign.

Yediyurappa single-handedly brought the party to power in 2008 and played a key role in forming the party's government in 2019 after a hung assembly in 2018.

Another aspect of this election is that this time BJP is facing anti-incumbency wave in the state.

Several months ago, the Congress accused the BJP of corruption, calling it a government with 40 percent commission.

In addition to besieging the BJP on the issue of corruption, the Congress has given four guarantees to the public in its election campaign, which assure relief to the public from important issues like unemployment and price rise.

PM Modi worked hard; will Modi magic work?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has worked hard to ensure the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka.

In the last seven days, he has done 17 rallies and five road shows. The election results of Karnataka, an important state of South India, will also be important for the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year and the assembly elections of many states. 

He also repeatedly repeated the promise of taking action against Bajrang Dal in the Congress manifesto as an insult to Lord Hanuman (Bajrang Bali).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to ensure BJP's victory in Karnataka and use it as a symbol for the upcoming elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spent two nights outside Delhi in the last nine days. This is also an extraordinary thing. He did this so that he could hold three to four rallies and road shows in Karnataka.

Some political commentators feel people will cast votes in the name of Modi and not for achievements of the present Bommai Government. Sources say that Modi magic is still there in the state.

Congress also presented a blueprint for several welfare schemes

The Congress also presented a blueprint for several welfare schemes. The Congress party has promised to give 10 kilos of rice per month to each family living below the poverty line, financial assistance of two thousand rupees per month to the female head of the family below the poverty line and unemployment for two years to the unemployed graduates and diploma holders. Made populist announcements to give allowance.

This election is very important for Congress. This can be gauged from the fact that Sonia Gandhi addressed an election rally in four years; Rahul, Priyanka and other senior leaders also campaigned vigorously in the state.

What effect Cong's promise to ban Bajrang Dal will have? 

A few days after the BJP declared Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 general elections, the then senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar called Modi a chaiwala.

After this, the BJP started an aggressive election campaign against the Congress called Chai Pe Charcha. Congress had to bear its loss in the elections.

In such a situation, the question is arising that what can be the effect of the latest political controversies in Congress in the elections for Congress and BJP. Some observers say the controversy related to ban on Bajrang Dal will harm Congress.

However, there are some political analysts who believe that it will not have any significant impact on the elections. They say the BJP had abandoned its campaign of polarization in the state long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi began its election campaign. 

They say BJP abandoned its agenda of religious polarization in the state because the party realized that it is not going to be of much use. There was a question of livelihood and inflation in front of the people, unemployment was a big issue. Apart from this, the BJP is also facing an anti-government wave. 

Opinion polls

Meanwhile, latest opinion polls have predicted different outcomes. However, in nutshell it can be concluded that there will be a close fight between the two parties and the possibility of a hung assembly cannot be ruled out. In such a situation, the role of JD (S) will be crucual. 

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