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Karnataka Election 2023

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The Karnataka Election 2023 is one of the most anticipated political events in India, as it will decide the fate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its main rival, the Indian National Congress (INC), in the southern state. The election will also have implications for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, as Karnataka is the only state in South India where the BJP has a strong presence.

The election will be held in a single phase on May 10, 2023, and the results will be declared on May 13, 2023. A total of 224 seats are up for grabs, of which 36 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 15 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). The BJP, which came to power in 2019 after toppling the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, is seeking a second consecutive term under the leadership of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The party has released its manifesto, which promises to implement a uniform civil code, provide free cooking gas cylinders to below-poverty-line (BPL) families, and create a K-Agri Fund to support farmers.

The Congress, which is hoping to regain power after losing two successive elections in 2013 and 2018, is led by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and state party president DK Shivakumar. The party has also unveiled its manifesto, which promises to waive off farm loans, provide free education to girls up to the post-graduation level, and increase the honorarium for Anganwadi, Asha, and mid-day meal workers. The party has also announced that it will give 50% reservation to women in government jobs and local bodies.

The Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), which was part of the coalition government with the Congress from 2018 to 2019, is facing an existential crisis in the state, as many of its leaders and workers have defected to either the BJP or the Congress. The party is led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy, who was the Chief Minister of the coalition government. The party has not released its manifesto yet but has said that it will focus on rural development, social justice, and secularism.

The election campaign has witnessed high-voltage rallies by prominent leaders from all parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president JP Nadda, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Congress general Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda. The main issues that have dominated the campaign are the Covid-19 pandemic management, economic development, corruption, law and order, farmer distress, and caste equations.

According to various opinion polls and surveys, the election is likely to be a close contest between the BJP and the Congress, with both parties expected to get around 40% of the vote share each. The JD(S) is expected to get around 17% of the vote share and play a kingmaker role in case of a hung assembly. However, opinion polls are not always accurate and there could be surprises on the polling day. The Karnataka Election 2023 is a crucial test for both the BJP and the Congress, as it will determine their prospects in South India and their preparedness for the next general elections. It is also an opportunity for the voters of Karnataka to choose their representatives who will govern them for the next five years.

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