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Karnataka Elections 2018

Reports on the Karnataka state elections 2018

Supreme Court

Speaker or vote? Supreme Court didn’t give Karnataka Congress & JD(S) much of a choice

Court says looking into pro-tem Speaker’s appointment would postpone trust vote, doesn’t pass order on manner of voting
Karnataka's Ayaram Gayaram MLA Shankar

In a fractious hung assembly, meet Karnataka’s ‘revolving’ MLA-elect Shankar

From participating in BJP meeting to appoint Yeddyurappa as chief minister to protesting against his swearing-in with Congress, the KPJP legislator has switched sides thrice already.
Congress MLAs leave the Vidhana Soudha after staging a protest dharna against the swearing-in of B.S. Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister, in Bengaluru

Resort politics is the last resort for Congress to keep its flock together

Lodged in Eagleton resort  near Bengaluru, Congress MLAs have been told to record the calls they get from the rival camp.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B. S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of the state

The legal & constitutional provisions that will determine what happens next in Karnataka

The BJP has won 104 seats and still needs eight more MLAs to cross the halfway mark. There are various scenarios being discussed on how this will play out.
BJP party workers in Bengaluru

Karnataka elects more crorepatis and candidates with criminal records this year than 2013

Among the elected candidates, 54 (24%) are facing serious criminal cases, including kidnapping, rape among others, compared to 39 (17%) in 2013.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to BJP leader B. S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of the state at a ceremony in Bengaluru

Yeddyurappa is CM but what happens next in Karnataka depends on these 3 scenarios

The BJP has 104 of the 222 MLAs elected in the 12 May election, and has been given 15 days by governor Vajubhai Vala to prove his majority.
Janardhan Reddy is the mastermind behind Operation Kamala |YouTube screengrab

Reddy’s ‘Operation Kamala’ in Karnataka: This is what its version 2.0 could look like

Congress & JD(S) fear BJP will repeat its successful 2008 'Operation Kamala' as it ropes in mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy to help form the government by trying to circumvent the anti-defection law.
B S Yeddyurappa meets Governor

Yeddyurappa to take oath as Karnataka CM Thursday, governor gives 15 days for floor test

Congress says governor Vajubhai Vala has ‘shamed his office’, JD(S) set to move Supreme Court against the decision to invite BJP.
Pramod Muthalik, president of the Sir Ram Sene group has become infamous for his moral policing acts | @vijayaprasad.ponnur | Facebook

‘Moral cop’ Muthalik & Sri Ram Sene make political debut but Karnataka says no thanks

The Right-wing fringe group contested 40 seats under the Shiv Sena’s banner but managed to cross 500 votes in just about 10 constituencies.
Latest news on H.D. Kumaraswamy | ThePrint,.in

Kumaraswamy dares BJP: I am not a saint, can poach your MLAs if you poach ours

All parties are trying to keep their flock close, making calls to each of their MLA-elects to ensure they had not been poached.

On Camera

File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House | PTI

Forget what Bible teaches you, Goliath Modi just crushed a clueless David in India

As long as BJP holds organisational, financial and leadership advantage over its adversaries, it will have a head start in most electoral races.
2019 result

What can we expect from Narendra Modi in his second term?

The BJP-led NDA is set to come back to power as Narendra Modi’s party registers a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.