oppn parties Karnataka: BJP Is Not Able To Stump The Congress-JD(S) Alliance

News Snippets

  • MS Dhoni decides to take a two-month break, will skip West Indies tour but will not retire
  • Phagu Chauhan is the new Governor of Bihar while Ramesh Bais has been appointed as that of Tripura
  • Governors: Anandiben Patel shifted from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh and Lalji Tandon from Bihar to Madhya Pradesh
  • Naga talks interlocutor RN Ravi appointed as Governor of Nagaland
  • Noted lawyer Jagdeep Dhankhar appointed as new Governor of West Bengal
  • 84 NDRF teams have been despatched to 23 states to tackle the flood situation
  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
  • Priyanka Gandhi not allowed to meet the families of the dead in the Sonabhadra firing, arrested
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar in [email protected]@@s Hall of Fame
  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
Former Delhi CM and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit dies following a cardiac arrest. She was 81
oppn parties
Karnataka: BJP Is Not Able To Stump The Congress-JD(S) Alliance

By Linus Garg

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
Urban local body elections have confirmed that although the BJP has made massive inroads in Karnataka, it lacks the killer instinct to pip the Congress-JD(S) alliance. Despite having friendly contests with the JD(S), the Congress has managed to beat the BJP overall and is likely to form the boards at most places with the JD(S). If the two parties, ruling the state in an alliance, had entered into a pre-poll alliance, the results might have been different and they could have emerged winners in more places.

This shows two things. One, despite the JD(S)-Congress alliance not putting its best foot forward always and despite open bickering and faction fight in the Congress, both parties have managed to retain their respective vote banks. The results in these elections are not much different from those returned in the assembly elections. Simple math shows that the voters in the state are divided almost equally between the BJP and the Congress-JD(S), with the latter having a slight edge. In the absence of any burning issue that can tilt the scale either way, it seems this state of affairs is going to continue.

The second thing is that despite having the full support of Amit Shah, a handsome war chest and despite winning more seats than the Congress in the assembly elections, Yeddyurappa has not been able to marshall his resources to cross the finishing line. His image seems to have taken a beating in the way he rushed into getting himself sworn-in after the assembly elections without first making sure of the numbers. If Yeddyurappa and the BJP wish to stump the alliance, they will have to think out of the box and just rubbishing the alliance will not work. If BJP wishes to establish a strong footing in the south, Karnataka is the best bet.