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Karnataka Elections 2018: A look at the numbers which may shape political future of many in the state

As Karnataka votes, the months-long political drama is racing towards a climax with both major parties putting in their full effort.

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The importance of Karnataka Assembly Elections for BJP and Congress is evident from the fact that presidents of both parties have visited the state multiple times already. A look at numbers and equations which may shape up the final outcome
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The importance of Karnataka Assembly Elections for BJP and Congress is evident from the fact that presidents of both parties have visited the state multiple times already. A look at numbers and equations which may shape up the final outcome

Poll Bugle | There are 224 assembly constituencies in the state of which 51 are reserved. Any party or a coalition getting 113 seats will get a right to form the government mandated by nearly 5 crore voters of Karnataka.
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Poll Bugle | There are 224 assembly constituencies in the state of which 51 are reserved. Any party or a coalition getting 113 seats will get a right to form the government mandated by nearly 5 crore voters of Karnataka.

A Lookback | In 2013, Congress achieved the majority mark by winning 122 seats and the incumbent BJP had to be satisfied with just 40 seats. Siddaramaiah assumed the chair of the chief minister.
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A Lookback | In 2013, Congress achieved the majority mark by winning 122 seats and the incumbent BJP had to be satisfied with just 40 seats. Siddaramaiah assumed the chair of the chief minister.

The Top Three | Going by the last two assembly election and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the mood of Karnataka’s voters is hard to gauge. While in LS elections, the voters were divided, with BJP faring slightly better; in assembly elections, the Congress has fared considerably well.
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The Top Three | Going by the last two assembly election and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the mood of Karnataka’s voters is hard to gauge. While in LS elections, the voters were divided, with BJP faring slightly better; in assembly elections, the Congress has fared considerably well.

Security Deposit | Since 1999 assembly election, the number of candidates losing their security deposit with the EC has consistently risen. The trend, in a first look, implies that contest in Karnataka has gradually narrowed down to a few major candidates.
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Security Deposit | Since 1999 assembly election, the number of candidates losing their security deposit with the EC has consistently risen. The trend, in a first look, implies that contest in Karnataka has gradually narrowed down to a few major candidates.

Criminals & Crorepatis | The outgoing assembly is predominantly male. One-third of the legislators have criminal cases against them and an overwhelming 93% have amassed over Rs 1 crore. All three major parties are neck-and-neck in being represented by alleged criminals and crorepatis.
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Criminals & Crorepatis | The outgoing assembly is predominantly male. One-third of the legislators have criminal cases against them and an overwhelming 93% have amassed over Rs 1 crore. All three major parties are neck-and-neck in being represented by alleged criminals and crorepatis.

Richie Rich | Over half of the MLAs are worth more than Rs 5 crore. Ruling Congress party is home to the wealthiest of legislators with the average assets per MLA skewing towards Rs 32 crore, more than double that of BJP.
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Richie Rich | Over half of the MLAs are worth more than Rs 5 crore. Ruling Congress party is home to the wealthiest of legislators with the average assets per MLA skewing towards Rs 32 crore, more than double that of BJP.

Curtains down | In five years, the 14th Karnataka Legislative Assembly sat for 15 sessions and functioned for about 216 days. On an average, an MLA asked 178 questions in five years.
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Curtains down | In five years, the 14th Karnataka Legislative Assembly sat for 15 sessions and functioned for about 216 days. On an average, an MLA asked 178 questions in five years.

Sorry state of farmers | Each passing year, share of Karnataka in farmer suicides in India has grown rapidly. The burden of debt is on farmers in the state is more than double that of the national average.
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Sorry state of farmers | Each passing year, share of Karnataka in farmer suicides in India has grown rapidly. The burden of debt is on farmers in the state is more than double that of the national average.

Caste Factor | Not unlike any other state of India, caste and religions play important role in the elections in Karnataka. One-sixth of the population is Dalit. Recently, the Siddaramaiah government accorded religion status to the Lingayat community which forms up to 17 percent of the population in the state.
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Caste Factor | Not unlike any other state of India, caste and religions play important role in the elections in Karnataka. One-sixth of the population is Dalit. Recently, the Siddaramaiah government accorded religion status to the Lingayat community which forms up to 17 percent of the population in the state.

Road to Power | Interestingly, the party which dominates the reserved seats gets to form the government at Bengaluru. In 2008, BJP won 22 of the 36 Scheduled Caste seats and formed the government. In 2013, Congress bagged 17 of the 36 seats to grab the power.
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Road to Power | Interestingly, the party which dominates the reserved seats gets to form the government at Bengaluru. In 2008, BJP won 22 of the 36 Scheduled Caste seats and formed the government. In 2013, Congress bagged 17 of the 36 seats to grab the power.

First Published on May 12, 2018 11:34 am
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