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Karnataka Elections 2018

Narendra Modi’s campaign-to-seats won ratio trumps Rahul Gandhi’s in Karnataka

Despite a late start to the campaign, the PM touched 21 constituencies, and the BJP ended up winning 12 of them. New Delhi: When Prime...

How Karnataka responded to candidates from local dynasties

While Siddaramaiah’s son and K.H. Muniyappa’s daughter won their seats, law minister Jayachandra and son Santosh both lost. Bengaluru: Did giving tickets to the children...

Dalits show love for the Congress in Karnataka, but slightly more for the BJP

While the state’s Dalits have traditionally been Congress voters, they have also aligned with the BJP in the past, and produced a photo finish...

For the first time in 46 yrs, Karnataka’s bellwether seat Shirahatti may buck the trend

The unique trend started way back in 1972 when the Congress won the Shirahatti seat and went on to form the government led by Devraj Urs.

How BJP’s champion campaigner helped turn the tide for BJP in Karnataka

The PM’s social media team was always one step ahead, ensuring that his messaging at political rallies was significantly different from the much more structured content he delivered on his app.

Congress’s loss in Karnataka assembly election reflects on Rahul Gandhi’s power as the high command

Gandhi should ask himself if his grandmother would have allowed a chief minister to dictate the terms of an electoral campaign.

Modi is on a roll, but a snap Lok Sabha poll still seems unlikely

No matter which party ultimately forms the government, few would doubt the unmistakable Modi imprint on the Karnataka elections.

Why Karnataka presents a peculiar problem for Congress

Congress faces an adverse vote to seat ratio in Karnataka. The party needs a much higher overall vote share as compared to the BJP...

Why did Siddaramaiah lose? It’s not the Lingayat factor alone

Although there was no visible anti-incumbency on the ground, one could sense an indication that Siddaramaiah’s welfare schemes had not clicked, analysts said.

Three essential Karnataka lessons for national politics 

The Karnataka result seals Modi’s position as the third genuine pan-India leader after Nehru and Indira. The surprise factor could be Mayawati.

On Camera

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File photo of Finance Secretary TV Somanathan | Photo: ANI/Sanjay Sharma

Govt has no role in Adani issue, it’s ‘between pvt company...

In interview with ThePrint, finance secretary spoke on Budget, how central govt can encourage states to increase capex, MGNREGA allocation & if food, fertiliser prices will fall.

Defence

India is modernising its armed forces and trying to reduce defence imports | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Budget 2023: Defence gets 13% more than last yr. Pensions &...

Capital budget increased to Rs 1.62 lakh crore from 1.52 lakh crore. Navy, Army see substantial increase but allocation for procuring aircraft, aero engines goes down.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.