13 May 2023

Karnataka Election-2023 Results: What Was Congress Strategy That Led To Success; Why BJP’s Plan Failed?

Bengaluru: Congress party is heading towards victory in Karnataka. If the Congress had lost here, it would hardly have been able to compete with the popularity of Narendra Modi in the 2024 general elections.

The Congress party seems to be moving towards victory in the Karnataka assembly elections. The party has crossed the majority mark in the trends. However, the results have not been declared yet.

On the best performance of the party in the trends, former CM and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah has expressed confidence that the party will get majority.

A victory of Janata Janardhana: Kharge

Party president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday termed Congress' good show in the Karnataka assembly polls as a victory of "Janata Janardhana", saying people have voted "furiously" against Bharatiya Janata Party's "bad administration" in the state.

"People themselves have got up and supported us, they have voted for us furiously against the bad administration. This shows voters of Karnataka are awakened. Despite the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi), Home Minister (Amit Shah), dozens of Ministers, Chief Ministers of other states camping here, and despite manpower, money and muscle being used, people have unitedly voted for Congress," he added.

The Congress had raised the issues of farmers from the beginning. Focused on the shortcomings of the present government of Basavraj Bommai.. The outcome of the five promises made by Grand Old Party's veteran president Mallikarjun Kharge along with the fiery DK Shivakumar, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is clearly visible in the results of Karnataka Vidhan Sabha Chunav.


The old pension scheme has been a huge factor in all the recent elections. Second, the promises made by the Congress for the youths and the unemployed played a major role. In fact, such promises are made by BJP and other parties as well.


Declining popularity of Yediyurappa


The problem with BJP in Karnataka is that apart from Yediyurappa, they do not have any other leader. The strength of BJP is Lingayats and the support of Lingayat community has been due to Yediyurappa. Due to the declining popularity of Yediyurappa, the loyalty of the Lingayats to the BJP may not be permanent.


Karnataka was called the gateway to South India for the BJP, but the party could not move forward from here. Why did this happen?


BJP does not have a leader like Yediyurappa in other S Indian states

BJP does not have any leader like Yediyurappa in other states of South India. The impact of Hindutva politics is also not as effective in South India as in North India and the regional parties here are stronger. In such a situation, even though Karnataka became the door of South India for BJP, it could not open for other states.

Bharat Jodo Yatra

The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu in September last year under the leadership of the former party president, passed through several states including Karnataka and concluded in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in January. Congress had termed this yatra as the most decisive mass contact program of the party.


PM tried to polarize: Ramesh


Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted “After the results in Karnataka, it is now decided that the Congress has won and the Prime Minister has lost. The BJP had made its election campaign a referendum. It has been conclusively rejected."


Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ramesh said, “The Prime Minister injected 'divisiveness' and tried to 'polarise'. Karnataka's result is for the one engine that will combine economic growth with social harmony."


He said the Congress fought the Karnataka elections on local issues of livelihood and food security, price rise, farmer distress, power supply, unemployment and corruption.


Celebrations broke out at the Congress headquarters here with party workers gathering outside after counting trends indicated a victory for the party in Karnataka.

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