Assembly Elections: Karnataka

No holds barred

Print edition : April 27, 2018

Congress president Rahul Gandhi with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other leaders during the Jan Sampark Yatra in Shivamogga on April 3. Photo: PTI

BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, also a Lingayat leader, and party’s president Amit Shah in a meeting with seers of Veerashaiva peethas and Virakta mutts at Shivayoga Mandir in Bagalkot district on April 3.

Rahul Gandhi with Shivakumara Swami, the chief pontiff of Siddaganga Mutt, in Tumakuru on April 4. Photo: PTI

Janata Dal (Secular) State president H.D. Kumaraswamy addressing the media in Mysuru on April 4. Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

H.D. Deve Gowda, JD (S) supremo and former Prime Minister. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The Congress, the BJP and the JD(S) have begun a vicious campaign for the May 12 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly. If Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has changed the political fault lines with his move to give separate religion status to the Lingayat community, the BJP aims to dent his minority-backward classes-Dalit vote bank.
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