Karnataka will go to polls in a single phase on May 10. The results of 224 assembly seats in the state will be announced on May 13.
According to the Election Commission, there are a total of 5,21,73,579 voters in the state. 9.17 lakh new voters have been added in Karnataka. There are more than 16 thousand voters above the age of 100.
Voters above 80 years of age will be able to vote from home. Those who are turning 18 on April 1 will also be able to vote. 224 such booths have been made, in which youth employees will be deployed. Divyang employees will be deployed at 100 booths.
Meanwhile the BJP has claimed victory as soon as the date of the Karnataka assembly elections is announced. BJP spokesperson KK Sharma has said that we will change the customs and form the government again.
In the year 2018, Congress and JDS together formed the government and HD Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister.
After about 14 months, the coalition government of Congress and JDS fell. BS Yeddyurappa formed the BJP government with the help of rebel Congress MLAs.
However, after 2 years Yeddyurappa also had to leave the post of Chief Minister. The central leadership of BJP decided to change the CM in the state and Basavaraj Bommai was elected as the successor of BS Yeddyurappa.
JDS did not win the special reserved seats if we see the results of 2008, 2013 and 2018 elections.
On the other hand, Congress and BJP were in a neck-to-neck fight with a margin of three seats.
Every time the Congress has formed the government, it has fared better than the BJP in terms of the number of reserved seats.
The Karnataka assembly elections are being considered as the semi-finals of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
In South India, there is a challenge for the BJP to retain its only stronghold of power in Karnataka, while the challenge for the Congress is to make a comeback.
With the help of Basavaraj Bommai, the BJP is struggling to retain its power, while the Congress is trying to return to power by promoting the DK Shivakumar-Siddaramaiah duo, while the JDS is dreaming of becoming the kingmaker with the help of Kumaraswamy.