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List of women sitting MLAs in Karnataka
Politics has been a male-dominated field for a long time. It is only after relentless struggles by activists and several movements across Europe and America for women suffrage, it allowed the females to be actively involved in the politics as a responsible citizen as well as legislators. India was one of the first countries to give suffrage to women as soon as the country got independence even at a time when women were still struggling to find a foothold to enter politics in several Western countries. India is the largest democracy and ...
Muslim MLAs in Karnataka
The Congress party emerged as the single largest party with 122 seats in the 14th Karnataka Assembly elections. The party won with a thumping majority to form the government, with some of the party's Muslim candidates winning their constituency seats. A total of 11 Muslim candidates emerged victorious, while some had to face defeat in their respective constituencies.However, at present, there are 12 Muslim MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly, with Rahim Khan winning the Bidar constituency By-elections in 2016, adding to the 10 Muslim MLAs of Con...
Mangaluru- A face off between Congress and BJP
The rapid urbanisation and industrialisation initiated in the 1970s has had a significant impact on the socio-economic development and politics of Mangaluru region. The land reforms carried out by the Karnataka government created a void for the backward communities to forge new identities, especially in the Coastal Karnataka region of Karnataka. Coastal Karnataka region is one of the prosperous regions in the state, while Mangaluru city(name changed from Mangalore) is an influential city in the region. The current state of politics and soci...
List of INC candidates who were runner up in last Karnataka elections
Legislative Assembly Elections are around the corner in the Indian state of Karnataka. Polls are scheduled to be held on May 12 and the result is going to be declared on May 15. This year the competition is going to be really tough amongst the three parties - Bharatiya Janata Party, Janata Dal (Secular) and the Indian National Congress Party. The Indian National Congress party's unit for the state of Karnataka is known as Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) with Dr. G. Parameshwara as its president. Currently, Siddaramaiah, the ...
Top ten Constituencies and Candidates won with Maximum Margin of seats in last Karnataka Elections
Karnataka Assembly Elections, which were held in 2013, served as a turning point in the politics of the state. Congress party emerged as the single largest party and formed its own government in the Karnataka Assembly. The victory was led by party's Chief Ministerial candidate Siddaramaiah, who was once considered as an outsider in the politics of Karnataka. However, BJP, which was the single largest party in the previous state assembly election with 110 seats, was not able to win the people's mandate due to internal differences in the par...
List of Reserved Constituencies in Karnataka
Reserved constituency is a system devised by the Indian Constitution to provide special provision of separate constituencies for weaker and marginalised sections of the Indian society. These constituencies allow the marginalised sections of the society to have an elected representative of their community in the legislative assembly. In India, reserved constituencies are given to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities in the country for equal representation. Reserved constituencies provide these backward communities with a platf...
Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited
KRIDL stands for Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL). It is a Government of Karnataka undertaking which is involved in the Civil Engineering construction and focuses on creating assets for Karnataka. This organization is headquartered in Bengaluru but has zones, divisions and sub-divisions functioning all over Karnataka. Activities such as construction of hostels in the department of higher education, Polytechnics, Stadiums in Youth service departments, Collegiate education, Social Welfare Departments, etc are carried...
Enough is enough
Countries across the world cannot deny the contribution of women in the process of nation building. They have played multitude of roles from looking after the household to being protector of their household. However, the deep-rooted patriarchy that has existed from time immemorial has denounced the role and importance of women in the society. Fast-forward to 21st century, where the women around the world are still fighting for equal wage structure, safe working environment, equal access to job opportunities, freedom to eat, drink, and wear ...
Uttara Kannada- A region awaiting development
Uttara Kannada is fifth largest district of Karnataka with a population of nearly 1.5 lakh and blessed with abundant natural resources. The district of Uttara Kannada or North Canara is known as “Kashmir of Karnataka” due to its hilly tracts, dense forests, and varied flora and fauna. The Western Ghats runs through the district from north to south. Uttara Kannada is located on the coastal belt of Karnataka, while bordered by the state of Goa in the north-west. After the annexation of Peshwa territories in 1799, Uttara Kannada was a part...
Famous personalities of Karnataka
Karnataka has produced various noteworthy personalities who have contributed a lot in the development and transformation of the society and have also left marks in their domains of science, sports, education, literature, politics etc. Given below is a list of some famous personalities- Kodandera M. Cariappa- Kodandera Maddapa Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army and was born in Kodagu district of Karnataka. He was one of the two Indian Army Officers to hold the five star rank of 'Field Marshal'. Cariappa i...
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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H D Kumaraswamy to contest from two Karnataka constituencies
Janata Dal (Secular) party released its second list of 56 candidates on Friday, for the Assembly polls which are going to be held on May 12, in Karn..Read More
G T Deve Gowda completes formalities of filing nomination
According to media reports, various political leaders including JD(S) leader G T Deve Gowda and CM Siddaramaiah went to the office of the returning ..Read More
CM Siddaramaiah files nomination, BJP releases third list on Friday
Hundreds of candidates filed their nominations across the state on Friday. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, RV Deshpande, SS Mallikarjun were among those ..Read More
Yeddyurappa says Lingayats issue boomeranged on Congress
Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate B. S. Yeddyurappa has filed his nomination for the May 12 polls in Shikaripura in Shivamogg..Read More
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Richest Congress nominee worth Rs. 700 crores
According to the nomination papers filed by Congress nominees, the richest nominee for state Legislative Assembly polls is D. K. Shivakumar. He has ..Read More
BJP MLA Sanjay Patil says Karnataka election is about Ram Mandir vs Babri Masjid
BJP MLA Sanjay Patil recently made a communal remark which has led to much outrage in the politics of the state. Patil said- “This election is..Read More
Amit Shah asks Karnataka BJP to sacrifice sleep and comfort
BJP Chief Amit Shah reminded the party members that Karnataka Assembly elections, which are scheduled to be held on May 12 are not ordinary election..Read More
Political bookies sway in favor of BJP
The political betting parties have become active as Karnataka is going to polls on May 12 and results are going to be out on May 15. Bookies have sh..Read More
Senior Congress leader Moily says no to a post-poll alliance with JD(S)
Senior Congress Leader Veerappa Moily on Wednesday has said that the party is in a much better situation in the poll-bound Karnataka. He has dismiss..Read More
Siddaramaiah says he is still under pressure to contest from north Karnataka
Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah says on Wednesday that he is still under pressure to contest from north Karnataka though he is unwilling to..Read More
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: AIADMK going to contest on two seats
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam annou..Read More
Amit Shah on a two-day visit to Bengaluru on Basava Jayanti
Bhartiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah will be on a two-day visit to Bengaluru from Wednesday. The purpose of this visit on Basava Jayanti is to stre..Read More
Congress claims to accommodate remaining party members in future Karnataka Government
The Congress party on Tuesday has claimed that it is going to accommodate the aspiring candidates of the party in the future Karnataka Government. C..Read More
Congress fields more Lingyats and reduces the number of Muslim candidates
Congress party has reduced the number of Muslim candidates and has increased Lingyat candidates for the upcoming polls which are going to be held on..Read More
Karnataka Polls 2018: Freebies seized by the monitoring teams
The surveillance and expenditure monitoring teams appointed by the Election Commission in poll-bound Karnataka have seized freebies like cookers and..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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