Polling for the state assembly elections in Karnataka will be held on May 12 and votes will be counted on May 15. This date was announced by BJP even before the Election Commission on March 27. It is either a bungling of the Election Commission or the government prevailed on the poll panel that before this announcement, the chief of the IT cell of the BJP Amit Malviya posted the poll dates on Twitter. This is a serious issue which should be thoroughly probed and the EC promised an investigation. The election in Karnataka is most crucial both for the Congress and the BJP which is bent to wrest power. It will be the first and great halt for the juggernaut of the BJP. The Prime Minister already made poll visits to the state and addressed election rallies. The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ignored these poll meetings and said there would be hardly any impact of the PM’s speeches on the people of the state.
The state BJP president Yeddyuruppa is confident to regain power, but he could not remove the corruption tag attached to him when he was the Chief Minister of the state. On the contrary the image of Siddaramaiah is clean and his functioning is above the board. He took a number of welfare measures during his tenure. It will be a gigantic task for the BJP to blemish the image of the CM. The Lingayat community is the base of the BJP electorate, but recently the Chief Minister conceded their long pending demand that they should be granted a tag of separate minority community. Thus the Congress will take away a portion of the BJP vote bank. Against this backdrop, the BJP is certain to face Waterloo in the state election.