On Tuesday The Election Commission announced Karnataka Assembly elections will be held on May 12, and counting of votes will be held May 15, the Election Commission (EC) announced today., one of the three states where the Congress is still in power and the BJP is pushing for a comeback ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The previous assembly polls were held on May 5 in 2013 in a single phase, with 2,948 candidates in the fray. The state had around 71.45% polling back then.
A win for the Congress would come as a huge boost not just for the party but also Gandhi, who took over as the party chief in December and has been aggressively taking on the Modi government in public as well as social media.
The Siddaramaiah government’s move to give minority religion status to the influential Lingayat community, considered a part of Hindu fold, is seen as an attempt to dent BJP’s vote base.