However, voting for Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar has been deferred because of large scale malpractices and a controversy over seizure of more than 9,750 fake voter ID cards from an apartment in the constituency. The fight is between the ruling Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular).
The vote is just as important for Modi, whose BJP and allies now rule states accounting for about 70 percent of the national population. But the party acted with great alacrity when it air-dropped Ramakrishna Hegde, a master strategist who had not even contested the elections as the chief minister.
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A Congress bastion, Siddaramaiah, in the last election, easily defeated Karnataka Jana Paksha's (KJP) Kapu Siddalingaswamy and Cheluvaraj of the JD (S) by a comfortable margin of 29,641 votes (18.45 percent), securing 52.53 percent of the total votes polled. The AICC President responded, "I will never attack Modi as he is the Prime Minister of the country". Jaitley's absence was due to the health factor.
The current polls are seen as one of the most complex the state had ever witnessed with many imponderables that have left most analysts to bet on a fractured mandate in a cliffhanger. Since then the party has been grappling with a perception battle on corruption that continues to this day.
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BJP's Chief Ministerial Candidate BS Yeddyurappa casted his vote in Shikarpur booth in the Shimoga assembly earlier this morning. Though the central leadership of the BJP has denied any involvement with Janardhana Reddy, the latter has been campaigning for the party and particularly Sriramulu in Molakalmuru (Chitradurga district). Our polling booth teams must remain alert and help voters facing difficulties in reaching polling booths tomorrow, Rahul tweeted. While Manmohan Singh restricted himself to a news conference, senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi addressed her only public meeting at Vijayapura. Election campaigning didn't feel any different. As per the data released by Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka, the BJP will contest all 224 seats, while the Congress will contest 222 seats.
Unlike in the past, the Congress gave a free hand to its Chief Minister who sought to locate his politics in the assertion of regional identity and ethnic pride as a counter to majoritarian triumphalism of the BJP. From where the BJP gets so much money is no more a secret as everyone knows the truth.
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Security has been beefed up in the state of Karnataka in the run-up to the Assembly polls.
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