In case the BJP fails to cross the halfway mark, there is a chance that the JD(S) and Congress could come together to form the next state government.
Going back on its previous statement, the Janata Dal (Secular) which had earlier claimed that it would be the king and not a kingmaker post Karnataka Assembly election, said on May 7 that in the event of a fractured mandate, it might examine the possibility of a coalition government with a precursor that its manifesto should be implemented in toto.
Electioneering in Karnataka is entering a crucial phase around the next five days as both the Congress and the BJP are set to release their respective list of candidates by April 10. According to BJP sources, the party’s central committee that comprises Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among other top leaders, may give its nod to the first list of candidates for the May 12 elections on April 10 while the Congress state unit screening committee will make its recommendations to the party high command latest by April 9-10.
The woes of a fractured Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Karnataka State Assembly Elections have worsened with Anand Asnutikar, joining the Janata Dal (S) on Monday, January 15. Asnutikar, a former Minister in the Yedurappa government, is one of the BJPs most senior leaders in its bastion of Uttara Kannada. At a function held in his constituency, the leader along with several of his followers, joined the JD(S) in the presence of its founder and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy.
Narayana A who is heading a project on the Karnataka Assembly elections is a former journalist and professor at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Hardnews spoke to him about the issues before the polls