A bridge too far

Print edition : May 10, 2019

A section of the crowd attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign rally at Chikkodi on April 18. Photo: P.K. Badiger

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy (centre) Congress candidate Vinay Kulkarni (fifth left), former Minister Basavaraj Horatti, Congress MLA Prasad Abbayya and other leaders at a Congress-JD(S) joint election campaign in Hubballi on April 19. Photo: THE HINDU

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman with B.Y. Raghavendra (right), the BJP candidate for Shimoga constituency, in Shimoga on April 15. Photo: VAIDYA

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress candidate for Gulbarga, addressing a rally in Sedam town in Kalaburagi district on April 19. Photo: ARUN KULKARNI

The BJP is banking on caste and community factors in a campaign devoid of livelihood issues, but the combined strength of the Congress and the JD(S) may wreck its chances.
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