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Elections in Karnataka (KA) 2014

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61 percent polling in Karnataka, 50 percent in Bangalore - April 17, 2014 09:38 PM

Around 61 percent voting was reported across Karnataka where polling was held in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, while it was about 50.6 percent in the three seats in Bangalore. "Polling ended peacefully at 6 p.m. in all the 28 parliamentary constituencies across the state. As per the provisional figures available with us, an average of 60.75 percent voting took place till 6 p.m.," chief electoral officer A.K. Jha told IANS here. Source: IANS

56% voter turnout in Karnataka till 5 pm - April 17, 2014 06:42 PM

Till 5 pm, Karnataka's voter turnout is recorded at 56%. Karnataka voted for all 28 constituencies today to decide the fate of 434 candidates.

25 percent vote in Karnataka in the first five hours - April 17, 2014 02:43 PM

About 20-25 percent of the 46 million electorate voted in the first five hours Thursday in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies across Karnataka, an official said. Voting began on a brisk note in many constituencies across the old Mysore region in south and coastal areas, while it started on a dull note in northern and central areas but picked up later. Source: IANS  

Yeddyurappa castes his vote - April 17, 2014 07:35 AM

As Karnataka starts to poll for 28 constituencies, B.S. Yeddyurappa castes his votes in Shikarpura after offering puja in a temple. Yeddyurappa is the first voter to vote in Shikarpura today.

Karnataka to vote Thursday for all 28 Lok Sabha seats - April 16, 2014 05:23 PM

Karnataka will Thursday vote to elect its representatives from all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Polling will be held in a single phase in 54,261 booths from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Source: IANS

BJP bets on Modi to check Congress in Karnataka - April 15, 2014 02:58 PM

A staggering 46 million voters will elect 28 lawmakers when Karnataka votes Thursday in the sixth phase of the general election and the BJP is betting big on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to do well. The political fortunes of 434 candidates, including 195 independents and 21 women, in 28 parliamentary constituencies, with five reserved for Dalits (SCs) and two for tribals (STs), will be decided. Source: IANS

AAP's low-cost, high-impact campaign in Karnataka - April 15, 2014 12:43 PM

The AAP, which shot to national fame after an impressive showing in the Delhi assembly elections, is racing against time to woo voters with a "low-cost but high-impact campaign" for the Lok Sabha election in Karnataka where polling is due Thursday. Getting candidates to contest in the state's 28 constituencies was not as much a problem for the party as it has been to sustain the campaign, with a volunteer-based outfit short of funds unlike rival parties. Source: IANS

Different strokes for two folks in high-tech Bangalore - April 09, 2014 02:30 PM

In the prestigious contest for the Bangalore South constituency, where Congress' Nandan Nilekani, Infosys co-founder-turned-minister in the UPA government, is pitted against five-time BJP lawmaker and former minister Ananth Kumar for the April 17 Lok Sabha elections, their campaign styles are as distinctly different as chalk from cheese. Source:IANS

Rahul to address seven rallies in three states - April 03, 2014 09:47 PM

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will hold over half a dozen public rallies in constituencies across Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra Friday and Saturday, a party statement said. On Friday morning, Gandhi will hold a rally in Yavatmal-Washim constituency of Maharashtra followed by two in Bellary and Daksina Kannada in Karnataka. Source:IANS

Karnataka's six former CMs in election fray - April 01, 2014 09:10 PM

Six former chief ministers of Karnataka, including one who was prime minister for 10 months, are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seats from the state -- a record of sorts. Of them, two each are from the Congress (M. Veerappa Moily and N. Dharam Singh), the BJP (B.S. Yeddyurappa and D.V. Sadananda Gowda) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) H.D. Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumaraswamy. Source:IANS
Karnataka is a state in the southern part of India. Karnataka was established in the year 1956 on 1st of November. Since then every year on this day, the people of this state celebrate Rajyotsava throughout the state with pomp and splendor. There are 25 parliamentary constituencies in this state. The 28 parliamentary constituencies of Karnataka will go to polls on 17 April 2014. Some of the main political parties in the fray are the Janata Dal (Secular), the Indian National Congress (INC), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Though there has been a huge slide in the BJP's vote bank during the 2013 Assembly election, B. S. Yeddyurappa's rejoining the party will be a boost.

Quick facts for General Elections 2014

Parliamentary Constituencies
Assembly Constituencies 225
Ruling PartyINC Alliance
Opposition PartyBJP
Chief MinisterShri K. Siddaramaiah
GovernorHansraj Bhardwaj
Chief Electoral OfficerAnil Kumar Jha
AddressNirvachana Nilaya, Maharani's College Circle, Sheshadri Road, Bangalore - 560 001

Karnataka Phase 5 Lok Sabha Election Summary

With the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election, the voting for the 28 constituencies of Karnataka comes to a close. The fates of many heavyweight candidates are sealed, such as H.D. Deve Gowda (former Prime Minister), Nandan Nilekani (Infosys co-founder), B.S. Yeddyurappa (former Chief Minister) and more. The candidature of Nilekani will be closely watched, as the Congress has high hopes of him. Similarly, he BJP will have its fingers crossed for Yeddyurappa.

As per media reports, the Yadgir district saw minor disturbance. Barring this, the election was largely peaceful. According to latest updates (5 p.m.), the turnout had touched 56%.

TimeVoter Turnout
9:00 a.m.11%
3:00 p.m.45%
5:00 p.m.56%

Karnataka is a critical state in the calculations of the BJP if it is to touch the magic figure of 272. The party will be hoping that the "Modi wave" would tip the scales in its favour.

No. of ElectorsMale electorsFemale electorsNo. of Electors as %age of Total Electorate of IndiaNo. of electors having EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card)

Karnataka (Lok Sabha) and Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Elections 2014 Information

Dates and Schedule Karnataka 2014 Opinion Poll List of Parliamentary Constituencies in Karnataka
About Karnataka Elections Political Parties for election in Karnataka State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka
State Legislative Council of Karnataka List of Chief Ministers of Karnataka List of Governors of Karnataka
List of the Assembly Constituencies Karnataka Elections Karnataka Parliamentary Constituencies
Campaigning Strategies Administration of Karnataka Election Commission of Karnataka
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Karnataka Parliamentary Elections Result candidate list of karnataka

During the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the BJP won 19 seats (1,02,28,790 votes - 41.63% vote share), the INC 6 seats (92,50,984 votes - 37.65% vote share), and JD(S) 3 seats (33,35,530 votes - 13.57% vote share). As per Professor Rajeeva Karandikar, Director of the Chennai Mathematical Institute, the INC is expected to win 10 to 18 PCs, the BJP 6 to 10 PCs, and the JD(S) 4 to 8. According to the Times Now-CVoter poll, INC will win 14 seats, the BJP 11 seats, the JD(S) 2 seats, and the AAP 1 seat.

Karnataka General (Lok Sabha) Election 2014 - Date and Schedule

Karnataka General Elections 2014 Important Dates

The table below represents the important dates associated with the Karnataka General Elections 2014 and when are elections going to be held in Karnataka, the date of issue of notification, nominations and much, more.

Phase 5
No of PCs going to poll 28 (PC no. 1 to 28) Click to see Pcs
Issue of Notification19 Mar 14 (Wed)
Last Date for filing Nominations26 Mar 14 (Wed)
Scrutiny of Nominations27 Mar 14 (Thu)
Last date for withdrawal of Candidature29 Mar 14 (Sat)
Date of Poll 17 Apr 14 (Thu)
Counting of Votes16 May 14 (Fri)
Date before which the election shall be Completed 28 May 14 (Wed)

Karnataka 2014 Lok Sabha Opinion Poll

CSDS Opinion Poll survey 2014: The Congress party will win 10-18 LS seats while the BJP is likely to win 6-10 seats. 4-8 seats may be bagged by the Janata Dal Secular (JDS).

Karnataka Opinion Poll survey 2014 by CSDS

CNN-IBN survey 2014: The Congress party will win 18-22 seats while the BJP is likely to win 2-6 LS seats. The JD(S) party may secure 2-6 seats.

Karnataka Opinion Poll survey 2014 by CNN IBN

India TV survey 2014: INC may win 13 seats and the BJP will succeed in winning 12 seats. The JD(S) is likely to win 3 seats.

Karnataka Opinion Poll survey 2014 by India TV

Headlines Today-CVoter opinion poll: 13 seats may be won by BJP, 12 by the Congress party, 2 by JDS and 1 by AAP.

Karnataka Opinion Poll survey 2014 by Headlines Today

List of Parliamentary Constituencies in Karnataka

In Karnataka, there are 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, among which five are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and two for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Bijapur, Gulbarga, Chitradurga, Chamarajanagar, and Kolar are reserved for SCs while Raichur and Bellary are reserved for STs.

The list of parliamentary constituencies in Karnataka is given below:

PC No.PC NamePC No.PC NamePC No.PC Name
2Belgaum12Uttara Kannada21Mysore
4Bijapur14Shimoga23Bangalore Rural
5Gulbarga15Udupi Chikmagalur24Bangalore North
6Raichur16Hassan25Bangalore Central
7Bidar17Dakshina Kannada26Bangalore South

Campaigning Strategies

Welcoming back B.S. Yedurappa to the party this January is the first major strategy of the BJP in Karnataka. It is believed to consolidate cadres and 'Hindutva'-based votes of the BJP. To lure professionals and young voters, the BJP has mobilised around 15,000 professionals for campaigning, and has set up its Information, Communication and Technology unit.

The JD(S) is trying to reach the young and restless of the state by setting up an exclusive call centre for the party. Some of the social media and other campaigning channels used by the JD(S) include Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, email, telephone, and others. The AAP is also not far behind, especially when it comes to using electronic media. The party is using Skype to interact with many NRI youths, especially those living in UK, in order to garner support.

The Karnataka Youth Congress has also mobilised many professionals for their well-built tech team. Though the party was a little slow to adopt social media, it has now intensified its efforts. The party is also using the Yedurappa-BJP alliance as an expose of corruption within the BJP.

JD(S) has launched its 'Save Karnataka' campaign to counter the BJP's 'Save India' campaign. The party has decided to go to the polls alone. While choosing candidates, its priority is backward communities, youth, women, and minorities.

About Karnataka Elections

Karnataka is a state that belongs to the southern part of India. This was established in the year 1956 on 1st of November. Since then every year on this day, the people of this state have marked this day as Rajyotsava and celebrate throughout the state with pomp and splendor. There are 30 districts within this state. The capital city of Karnataka is Bangalore and is also the largest city of this state. Bangalore is also known as Silicon City. The official language of this state is Kannada and the literacy level is 75.6%. The population of Karnataka is more than 61,000,000. Elections of this state are conducted as per the Constitution of India. The assembly of this state makes the laws regarding the matters of conducting of the local body elections in a unilateral way. But if there are any changes to be made by the state legislature with respect to the conducting of state level elections it needs to be approved by the Parliament of our country. The state legislature may be dismissed by the Parliament of our country with respect to the provisions as per the provisions of the Article 356 of the Indian Constitution and the rule of the President may be imposed. Politics in the state are mainly dominated by the three main parties The Indian National Congress, the Janta Dal (Secular) and the Bhartiya Janata Party. Till 1983, leaders of Indian National Congress became Chief Ministers of the state. Mysore was home to first three chief ministers of the state. The politics of Karnataka have created news all over India and is often known as Karnataka's natak! During the recent times it has seen many ups and downs in the political system of this state.

Political Parties for election in Karnataka

The national level parties who take part in the election
BharatiyaJanata Party Indian National Congress, Janata Party,
Janata Dal, Janata Dal (Secular)

Main State level parties
Coorg National Council Kannad Chalavali Vatal Paksha Karnataka Congress Party
Karnataka Kranti Ranga Karnataka Vikas Party

Administration of Karnataka

The Governor, who is appointed for five years, is the constitutional head of the Government of Karnataka. He has the power of appointing the Chief Minister, along with his council of ministers. The post of Governor is a ceremonial one. Most legislative powers are vested with the CM and his council of ministers. In Karnataka, the legislature is bicameral in nature, having 224 members of the Legislative Assembly and 75 members of the Legislative Council. For the sake of administration and revenue collection, there are 4 revenue divisions, among which there are 29 districts, 49 sub-divisions, 175 taluks, 745 revenue circles, and 5,628 gram panchayats. Each district is administered by a Deputy Commissioner, an IAS officer. Law and order related issues are maintained by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, an IPS officer. Karnataka elects 28 members for the Lok Sabha and 12 members for the Rajya Sabha.

State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka

The legislature of this state is bicameral in nature. The current Governor of this state is Hansraj Bhardwajand the Chief Ministers Jagadish Shettar who is a candidate of Bharatiya Janatha Party. The speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is Sri K G Bopaiah. The leader of the house is S Suresh Kumar, a candidate of BJP and Sri Siddaramaiah, a candidate of INC who is the honourable leader of the opposition. The Chamber of the legislative assembly is situated in Vidhana Soudhain Bangalore. This is the lower house of the bicameral legislature of this state.

State Legislative Council of Karnataka

The upper house of the legislature is the Karnataka Legislative Council. The leader of this house is D V Sadananda Gowda who is a BJP candidate and the leader of the opposition is C Motamma who is a candidate of INC.

List of Chief Ministers of Karnataka

The first Chief Minister, before the reorganisation of the state, was K. Chengalaraya Reddy (from 25 October 1947 to 30 March 1952). After reorganisation, S. Nijalingappa became the first CM of Mysore.

The complete list of Chief Ministers is given below:

Sr.No.Chief Ministers NameFromToParty Name
1Kysamballi Chengalraya ReddyOct 25, 1947Mar 30, 1952INC
2Kengal HanumanthaiahMar 30, 1952Aug 19, 1956INC
3Kadidal ManjappaAug 19, 1956Oct 31, 1956INC
4S. NijalingappaNov 1, 1956May 16, 1958INC
5B.D. JattiMay 16, 1958Mar 9, 1962INC
6S.R. KanthiMar 14, 1962Jun 20, 1962INC
7S. NijalingappaJun 21, 1962May 29, 1968INC
8Veerendra PatilMay 29, 1968Mar 18, 1971INC
 President's ruleMar 19, 1971Mar 20, 1972 
9D. Devaraj UrsMar 20, 1972Dec 31, 1977INC
 President's ruleDec 31, 1977Feb 28, 1978 
10D. Devaraj UrsFeb 28, 1978Jan 7, 1980INC
11R. Gundu RaoJan 12, 1980Jan 6, 1983INC
12Ramakrishna HegdeJan 10, 1983Dec 29, 1984JD
13Ramakrishna HegdeDec 29, 1984Mar 8, 1985JD
14Ramakrishna HegdeMar 8, 1985Feb 13, 1986JD
15Ramakrishna HegdeFeb 16, 1986Aug 10, 1988JD
16S. R. BommaiAug 13, 1988Apr 21, 1989JD
 President's ruleApr 21, 1989Nov 30, 1989 
17Veerendra PatilNov 30, 1989Oct 10, 1990INC
 President's ruleOct 10, 1990Oct 17, 1990 
18S.BangarappaOct 17, 1990Nov 19, 1992INC
19M. Veerappa MoilyNov 19, 1992Dec 11, 1994INC
20H.D. Deve GowdaDec 11, 1994May 31, 1996JD
21J. H. PatelMay 31, 1996Oct 7, 1999JD
22S. M. KrishnaOct 11, 1999May 28, 2004INC
23Dharam SinghMay 28, 2004Jan 28, 2006INC
24H. D. KumaraswamyFeb 3, 2006Oct 8, 2007JD (S)
 President's ruleOct 9, 2007Nov 11, 2007 
25B. S. YeddyurappaNov 12, 2007Nov 19, 2007BJP
 President's ruleNov 20, 2007May 27, 2008 
26B. S. YeddyurappaMay 30, 2008Jul 31, 2011BJP
27D. V. Sadananda GowdaAug 4, 2011Jul 12, 2012BJP
28Jagadish ShettarJul 12, 2012May 12, 2013BJP
29K. Siddaramaiah May 13, 2013PresentINC

List of Governors of Karnataka

The first Governor of the state was Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur, who assumed office on 1 November 1956, after reorganisation of states. H.R. Bhardwaj is the current Governor.

The complete list of Governors in Karnataka is given below:

Sr.No.Governors NameFromTo
1Jayachamaraja Wodeyar BahadurNov 1, 1956May 4, 1964
2S M SrinageshMay 4, 1964Apr 2, 1965
3V. V. GiriApr 2, 1965May 13, 1967
4Gopal Swarup PathakMay 13, 1967Aug 30, 1969
5Dharma ViraOct 23, 1969Feb 1, 1972
6Mohanlal SukhadiaFeb 1, 1972Jan 10, 1976
7Uma Shankar DikshitJan 10, 1976Aug 2, 1977
8Govind NarainAug 2, 1977Apr 15, 1983
9Ashoknath BanerjiApr 16, 1983Feb 25, 1989
10Pendekanti VenkatasubbaiahFeb 26, 1988Feb 5, 1990
11Bhanu Pratap SinghMay 8, 1990Jan 6, 1991
12Khurshed Alam KhanJan 6, 1991Dec 2, 1999
13V. S. RamadeviDec 2, 1999Aug 20, 2002
14T. N. ChaturvediAug 21, 2002Aug 20, 2007
15Rameshwar ThakurAug 21, 2007Jun 24, 2009
16Hansraj BhardwajJun 24, 2009Present

List of the Assembly Constituencies in Karnataka

A. C. No.Assembly Constituency NameA. C. No.Assembly Constituency NameA. C. No.Assembly Constituency Name
1Nippani76Haliyal151K.R. Pura
5Kudachi (SC)80Sirsi155Dasarahalli
6Raybag (SC)81Yellapur156Mahalakshmi Layout
9Gokak84Haveri (SC)159Pulakeshinagar (SC)
10Yemkanmardi (ST)85Byadgi160Sarvagnanagar
11Belgaum Uttar86Hirekerur161C.V Raman Nagar (SC)
12Belgaum Dakshin87Ranibennur162Shivajinagar
13Belgaum Rural88Hadagalli (SC)163Shanti Nagar
14Khanapur89Hagaribommanahalli (SC)164Gandhi Nagar
15Kittur90Vijayanagara165Rajaji Nagar
16Bailhongal91Kampli (ST)166Govindraj Nagar
17Saundatti Yellamma92Siruguppa (ST)167Vijay Nagar
18Ramdurg93Bellary (ST)168Chamrajpet
19Mudhol (SC )94Bellary City169Chickpet
20Terdal95Sandur (ST)170Basavanagudi
21Jamkhandi96Kudligi (ST)171Padmanaba Nagar
22Bilgi97Molakalmuru (ST)172B. T. M Layout
23Badami98Challakere (ST)173Jayanagar
24Bagalkot99Chitradurga174Mahadevapura (SC)
26Muddebihal101Hosadurga176Bangalore South
27Devar Hippargi102Holalkere (SC)177Anekal (SC)
28Basavana Bagevadi103Jagalur (ST)178Hosakote
29Babaleshwar104Harapanahalli179Devanahalli (SC)
30Bijapur City105Harihar180Doddaballapur
31Nagthan (SC)106Davanagere North181Nelamangala (SC)
32Indi107Davanagere South182Magadi
33Sindgi108Mayakonda (SC )183Ramanagaram
36Shorapur (ST)111Shimoga Rural (SC)186Malavalli (SC)
40Chittapur (SC)115Shikaripura190Srirangapatna
42Chincholi (SC)117Sagar192Krishnarajpet
43Gulbarga Rural (SC)118Byndoor193Shravanabelagola
44Gulbarga Dakshin119Kundapura194Arsikere
45Gulbarga Uttar120Udupi195Belur
49Bidar South124Mudigere (SC)199Sakleshpur (SC)
52Aurad (SC)127Kadur202Mangalore City North
53Raichur Rural (ST)128Chikkanayakanahalli203Mangalore City South
55Manvi (ST)130Turuvekere205Bantval
56Devadurga (ST)131Kunigal206Puttur
57Lingsugur (SC)132Tumkur City207Sullia (SC)
58Sindhanur133Tumkur Rural208Madikeri
59Maski (ST)134Koratagere (SC)209Virajpet
61Kanakagiri (SC)136Sira211Krishnarajanagara
62Gangawati137Pavagada (SC)212Hunsur
63Yelburga138Madhugiri213Heggadadevankote (ST)
64Koppal139Gauribidanur214Nanjangud (SC)
65Shirahatti (SC)140Bagepalli215Chamundeshwari
70Kundgol145Mulbagal (SC)220T Narasipur (SC)
71Dharwad146Kolar Gold Field (SC)221Hanur
72Hubli-Dharwad-East (SC)147Bangarapet (SC)222Kollegal (SC)

Election Commission of Karnataka

It is a constitutional body that came into existence on the basis of 73rd and 74th amendments to the Indian constitution, effective from 26 May 1993. The basic objectives of a state EC include control, direction, and superintendence of electoral role preparation along with conduct of local body elections, both in rural and urban areas.

Address: KSCMF Building, Annex # 8 Cunningham Road Bangalore - 52

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Karnataka

Anil Kumar Jha is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Karnataka. He heads the state election commission and works according to the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.

Official Address: Nirvachana Nilaya Maharani's College Circle Sheshadri Road, Bengaluru - 560 001
CEO Office Phone: 080-22242042
CEO Office Fax: 080-22234039
Toll Free Phone Number: 1950

Last Updated on March 22, 2014


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