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5 Youngest sitting MLAs in Karnataka Legislative Assembly
A survey has predicted that India will become the country with the maximum number of youths by 2020. Elections in India are considered as a significant event, but in recent times it has even become more epoch-making because the youth of the country is becoming much more politically aware and conscious. Though governance is in the hands of experienced politicians in India, there is a need of young leaders to exchange ideas and connect with the ideologies of the youth and also work for the development of the country. Karnataka Assembly Ele...
JD(S) Runner-up candidates of 2013 Karnataka Assembly Elections
Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) was formed after a split in Janata Dal Party in 1999 under the leadership of former Prime Minister of India H. D. Devegowda and became a major state party in Karnataka and Kerala. The party, which had 58 seats, played the role of “kingmaker” by forming the government in alliance with the Congress party in Karnataka after the mandate of 2004 Karnataka Assembly elections. However, midway through the term of the coalition government, JD(S) withdrew its support and later on formed a government with the support ...
Karnataka 2018- BJP or Congress?
If opinion polls are to believed, it is highly unlikely that the Congress would return to power in Karnataka. Two opinion polls - ABP -CSDS and Times Now-VMR Survey – have hypothesized that the 2018 Karnataka assembly election will witness a hung assembly as the surveys predict a neck-and-neck contest between the two leading parties – the Congress and the BJP. As the election date is nearing, various agencies have begun conducting polls and survey, which is fueling speculation among the people as to which party will ultimately occupy the ...
Karnataka Dalits and their impact on the elections
Karnataka is a state with distinct identities, co-existing with each other since hundreds of years. Dalits cover a significant portion of the state's population, that is, nearly 20% and they play a consequential role in as many as 100 Karnataka Assembly seats. Congress party has enjoyed a fair share of joy, as almost 50% of the Dalits in the state voted for it, while BJP had 20% vote base from the community. Both the major political parties-Congress and BJP, look forward to wooing the Dalit vote base, as the community may have serious implica...
B S Yeddyurappa- BJP Chief Ministerial Candidate for Karnataka
B S Yeddyurappa, got knocked off his perch, midway in his second term as Chief Minister of Karnataka in 2011, after his alleged involvement in illegal land denotification and corruption charges. B S Yeddyurappa, the man who steered Bharatiya Janata Party had a historic mandate in the 2008 Karnataka State Legislative Assembly elections and had become the first BJP CM in the southern state of India. After his resignation from the post of CM, he was succeeded by D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. The second homecoming proved to be a dis...
Sitting MLAs of Karnataka and their share of wealth
Karnataka is gearing up for the polls which will be held on May 12. Candidates from various political parties have begun filing their nominations. There are a total of 224 MLAs in Karnataka, (207 analyzed) out of which 193 are crorepatis which means 93% of the legislators are super rich. As per the reports of ADR, the average assets per MLA in the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013 was nearly Rupees 24.54 crores. Party-wise Crorepati MLAs In the polls of 2013, Congress emerged as the single largest winning party occupying 114 out of 22...
List of BJP candidates who were runner-up in previous Karnataka elections
The 2013 Karnataka Assembly elections sprung a massive surprise for the BJP as the incumbent government failed to secure the mandate. The party was reduced to 40 seats and was joint-second with JD(S). The Bharatiya Janta Party was the largest party in the state in 2008, when the party won 110 seats, and formed its first government in the southern states of India. However, the resignation of B. S. Yeddyurappa and his ministers was one of the main reasons for BJP's debacle in the 2013 Karnataka Assembly elections. The incumbency and corruptio...
Finance Minister of Karnataka
The Finance Minister of Karnataka plays an important role in the state government, as the Minister is responsible for the appropriation of funds available to the state for the developmental work, and to ensure that finances of the state are managed in proficient way. The current Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah currently holds the office of Finance Minister of the state. In 2018, when CM Siddaramaiah presented the budget in Vidhan Soudha for the last time during this term, he became the first legislator to present the budget for th...
Bengaluru- The uprising of Urban Middle class
Bengaluru - the IT Capital of India and capital city of Karnataka - is one of the most prosperous cities in India. The advent of the IT revolution in India during the 1980s-90s, saw an influx of population in Bengaluru. As major IT developments took place on the shores of Bengaluru, IT companies sprung in the city and provided new employment opportunities for the migrating workforce. The Central government in cooperation with the Karnataka government laid the foundation of “New-age India”. Bengaluru in the meanwhile, was on an upward tr...
Shamanuru Shivashankarappa- oldest sitting MLA in Karnataka Assembly
In politics, age does not matter, for instance, Shamanuru Shivashankarappa, aged 86- years-old is still active in Karnataka politics. Born on 16 June 1931, Shamanuru Shivashankarappa is the oldest sitting MLA in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He is serving as the Minister for Horticulture and Agro Marketing under Siddaramaiah Government. The veteran leader represents the Davangere South Assembly Constituency. Shivashankarappa is one of the finest educationalists in today's time in Karnataka and is also the Chairman of Bapuji Educational...
Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018
Poll Events Schedule Day
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 17. Apr. 2018Tue
Last Date of Nominations 24. Apr. 2018Tue
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations 25. Apr. 2018Wed
Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 27. Apr. 2018Fri
Date of Poll 12. May. 2018Sat
Date of Counting 15. May. 2018Tue
Date before which election shall be completed 18. May. 2018Fri
Assembly Constituencies
State Total No. of ACs Reserved for SCs Reserved for STs
Karnataka 2243615
Electoral Rolls
State Total No. of electors as per draft electoral rolls Total No. of electors as per final electoral rolls
Karnataka 4,90,06,901* Approx. 4.90 Cr.) 4,96,82,357* Approx. 4.968 Cr.)
Polling Stations and Special Facilitation in Karnataka
State No. of Polling Stations in 2013No. of Polling Stations in 2018% Increase
Karnataka 52034566969.00%

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Mayawati will finally campaign for 2018 Karnataka Elections
Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) chief Mayawati will be on a two-day visit to poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday. She is going to campaign in Mysore and Chitr..Read More
7,000 fake names added to the list of voters in Bengaluru
Illegal entries were made into the voters list in Bengaluru. Nearly 7000 names across four constituencies were considered as fake. Four people were ..Read More
2018 Karnataka elections: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with BJP candidates
PM Modi is going to interact with his party candidates and workers through an app on April 26. He is going to use mobile applications to interact wi..Read More
Siddaramaiah labels Prime Minister Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi as North Indian imports
The CM of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, took a jibe at BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa on twitter and said the BJP has reduced its ..Read More
Yogi Adityanath to be the star campaigner of BJP in poll-bound Karnataka
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is going to be the star campaigner of BJP in Karnataka Elections. Around 35 rallies and road sh..Read More
PM Modi to take command of campaigning from May 1
Prime Minister Modi is likely to address over 15 rallies in the poll-bound state of Karnataka starting from Udupi constituency from May 1. The Bhara..Read More
BJP appoints Vijayendra as Yuva Morcha general secretary after denying him ticket
B S Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra was denied ticket to contest election from Varuna constituency which led to angry protests by party workers i..Read More
Karnataka Assembly Polls 2018: Siddaramaiah files nomination from second seat
The deadline for entering the fray of Karnataka Assembly Polls, which are going to be held on May 12 ended yesterday. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah fi..Read More
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: 1127 nominations filed
According to media reports, the Election Commission had received 1127 nominations for Karnataka Assembly polls that are going to be held on May 12. ..Read More
BJP claims Congress is trying to rig Karnataka Elections
Bharatiya Janata Party has cited various incidents where the state government officials had shown alleged bias. The party has moved the Election com..Read More
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: BJP denies ticket to B Y Vijayendra; supporters create ruckus
The Bharatiya Janata Party has denied ticket to B Y Vijayendra, the son of party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa. Vijayendra was su..Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party releases the fourth list of candidates
The Bharatiya Janata Party released its fourth list of candidates on Monday for the Karnataka Assembly Elections, which are going to be held on May ..Read More
Siddaramaiah writes to PM Modi, also asks for an appointment
Siddaramaiah, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, has written a letter to PM Modi addressing the issue of Cauvery Management Board (CMB) formation. In ..Read More
PM Modi to address 16 rallies in 8 days in Karnataka
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing 16 rallies in 8 days in poll-bound Karnataka starting from April 29. The first rally is going to be ..Read More
Karnataka polls 2018: Siddaramaiah to also contest from Badami district
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been nominated to contest from a second constituency. He is going to contest from Badami for the polls scheduled to ..Read More

Quick Facts on Karnataka Elections

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Summary of last five Karnataka Elections

The Legislative Assembly Elections in India which are simply known as the Assembly Elections are held every five years in which members of the Vidhan Sabha or Legislative Assembly are chosen by the Indian electorate. In accordance with the Constitution of India, the elections are held in all twenty-nine states and two of the seven Union Territories. These Legislative Assembly elections are never carried out in the same year for all the states in India.

Karnataka has 224 constituencies and is divided into six regions which are Hyderabad Karnataka, Mumbai Karnataka, Coastal Karnataka, Central Karnataka, Southern Karnataka and Bengaluru Karnataka. Legislative Assembly Elections in Karnataka were first held in the year 1952 (when it was Mysore Legislative Assembly Election). Since then, Assembly Elections are conducted after every five years in the state. The Assembly of Karnataka is responsible for creating laws regarding the conduct of local body elections unilaterally. The main political parties in Karnataka include Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC) and Janata Dal (Secular). This year, the Assembly Elections are going to take place on May 12, 2018 and results are going to be declared on May 15, 2018.

The last five Assembly Elections that took place in Karnataka are-

Karnataka Assembly Election-1994

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly Election which was held in the year 1994 took place in two phases( on November 26th and December 1st) in all the 224 constituencies. The Janata Dal(JD) contested for 221 seats and claimed the majority in the house by winning 115 seats. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came second by securing 40 seats even though the party contested for 223 seats while the Indian National Congress (INC) won 34 seats out of 221 seats from which they contested. Remaining seats were won by regional parties and some were won by independent candidates. During the state Legislative Assembly Elections, Janata Dal was led by H.D Deve Gowda while B.S. Yeddyurappa took charge of the BJP.

Karnataka Assembly Election- 1999

In the Assembly Elections of 1999, the Indian National Congress emerged victorious by winning 132 seats out of 222 contested seats. Bharatiya Janata Party formed the National Democratic Alliance with Janata Dal (United) and won merely 63 seats. Janata Dal (United) which contested for 112 seats won 18 seats while BJP won 40 seats out of 149 contested seats. The Janata Dal (Secular) party led by former Prime Minister Deve Gowda won only 10 seats. Remaining 20 seats were won by regional parties.

Karnataka Assembly Election- 2004

The Karnataka Assembly Elections of 2004 were contested in two parts - on 20th April and 26th April for all 224 constituencies. The first-ever coalition was formed in the year 2004 as no party was able to get 113 seats, which was required to form a government. Bharatiya Janata Party led by B.S. Yeddyurappa emerged as the largest with 79 seats out of 198 contested seats. A coalition government was formed between the Indian National Congress led by S.M. Krishna and Janata Dal (Secular), led by Siddaramaiah, with Dharam Singh as the Chief Minister of the state. The Indian National Congress contested for 225 seats and won 65 seats while Janata Dal(secular) contested for 228 seats and won 58 seats. Janata Dal (United) contested for 26 seats and won only 5 seats.

Karnataka Assembly Election- 2008

In the year 2008, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections took place in three phases for all 224 constituencies. Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were used in this election. The Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the victorious party by winning 110 seats, but was unable to gain majority on its own, so it formed a government with the support of 6 independent candidates. BJP came to power for the first time ever in a southern Indian state.

Even in the Legislative Assembly Elections of 2004, BJP was able to win a maximum number of seats (79 seats out of 198 contested seats) but was unable to form the government because it did not secure the majority. Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) entered into an alliance to form the government. But later, JD(S) withdrew its support and formed an alliance with the BJP. They also made a mutual agreement which stated that H.D. Kumaraswamy of JD(S) would be the Chief Minister for 20 months while B.S. Yeddyurappa of BJP would be the Chief Minister for next 20 months. However, the agreement was not followed and the state came under President's rule due to the disagreement of the parties over power sharing. So, the elections were preponed to the year 2008 instead of 2009.

Karnataka Assembly Election- 2013

The Assembly Election of 2013 was the Fourteenth legislative assembly election which was held in a single phase for 223 seats out of total 224 seats. Election in Periyapatna Constituency was adjourned due to the death of the BJP candidate Sannamogegowda, a day before the polling took place. Janata Dal (Secular) contested for 222 seats and won 40 seats in the Elections. Bharatiya Janata Party also contested for 222 seats and obtained the same result. The Indian National Congress won the majority of seats under the leadership of former Janata Parivar leader Siddaramaiah. The party won 122 seats out of 223 contested seats, which was 9 seats more than the majority mark of 113 seats which helped the Indian National Congress to form government in Karnataka State Legislative Assembly and return to power after nine years with Siddaramaiah as the Chief Minister.

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