Karnataka polls to decide which is mightier- caste or religion

While interacting with the media in Pune, Athawale said, "There is nothing wrong in having ambition of becoming the prime minister".

The southern Indian state of Karnataka will vote in its state assembly today-the first of four state elections this year. Addressing a Press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday hours before the election campaign comes to an end master strategist of the party said Lingayat strongman Yeddyurappa will be the next Chief Minister of the party. Initially, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tried to drive a wedge between the locals and the North Indians, but that did not cut much ice.

The results of the Karnataka elections will be out on Tuesday.

AHINDA - the Kannada acronym for alpasankhyataru (minorities), Hindulidavaru (backward classes) and Dalitaru (Dalits) - was Urs' brainchild and Siddaramaiah has been successful in renewing it and emerging as a chief minister with a social coalition beyond his party's own traditional base.

"The barbs, the ridicule and the effort to portray him [Rahul Gandhi] as a buffoon shows that Mr Modi now accepts that Mr Gandhi is a force to reckon with" said Prof Muzaffar Assadi, a political scientist and former professor of political science at the University of Mysore. Win or lose, the BJP has made a colossal blunder in Karnataka.

Apart from ground-level canvassing and the financial might of the Bellary brothers, BJP is also hoping to reap the rewards of religious polarisation in coastal regions, where Congress had won 15 out of the 19 seats in 2013. The Congress is aiming at retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab, while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka, which party president Amit Shah said will be its "gateway to south", for a second time. The opposition made personal attacks on us, but we raised the issue.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation comprising Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, J.P. Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan will meet the Election Commission on Wednesday evening over the issue of fake voter identity cards found in a Bengaluru flat.

The Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission urging them to act against BJP leader B Sriramalu and bar him from fighting the Karnataka elections.

The father-son duo of HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy used all their resources to reach out to every corner of the state where their strengths lay.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi did roadshows for Congress on the concluding day. "The BJP hasn't defeated the Congress but it has merged it within itself". Its leader can become the prime minister in the next election. When the disciple asked Buddha why did he not retaliate, he said the anger belonged to that man, and that since he did not accept the abuse, it went back to that person.

The state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said, a decision on countermanding of election to the seat will be taken after submission of report by the Deputy Election Commissioner.

  • Delores Daniels