▪The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is inching close to the majority mark by leading in 100 constituencies. Its rivals Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) might have to settle for the second and third place, as per the trends.
▪Do you know about the ‘Chamrajnagar jinx’? The popular myth in the State is that any Chief Minister who visits Chamrajnagar wouldn't complete his term. Siddaramaiah, a self-confessed agnostic, broke the myth by visiting the town nine times since he assumed office. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not visit the town during his recent trip to the district.
▪Former Minister P.T. Parmeshwar Naik of Congress is leading by 11595 votes against independent candidate Odu Gangappa in Hadagali Ballari district after the ninth round of counting. In Bangalore Rural, except for Hoskote, JD(S) is leading in the remaining three constituencies. The mood is upbeat among JD(S) workers who have gathered at the counting centre in RC college. Congress UT Khader leads in Mangaluru by 18426 votes at the end of 9 out of 15 rounds. Amrut Desai of BJP is leading in Dharwad constituency against Vinay Kulkarni of Congress by 7185 votes.
▪In Bengaluru, the trends are mixed. At little more than 12% of the total seats in the Assembly and a sixth of the voters in Karnataka, the dense metropolis of Bengaluru has remained in the driver’s seat during electoral battles. Six out of 13 Congress MLAs elected from the city in the outgoing Assembly were made ministers at some point of time, apart from a city-based MLC. The previous BJP government had the same number of city MLAs and one MLC as ministers. Malleswaram sees a BJP lead with the party candidate C.N. Ashwath Narayan scoring 13,712 votes. Mr. Narayan is also the incumbent MLA.
▪In Shivamogga constituency, former Deputy Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly K.S. Eshwarappa is leading with a margin of 11,425 votes. In 2013, Mr. Eshwarappa had lost to K.B. Prasannakumar of the Congress with a very slim margin of just 278 votes.
▪Janata Dal (S) MLC Saravana, who was among the first leaders to visit party supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda at his residence on Tuesday morning, told reporters that chief minister Siddaramaiah's "arrogant statements" against his "guru and mentor" was the reason why he (Siddaramaiah) was trailing in the constituencies where he is contesting.
▪In Hyderabad Karnataka, Yadgir constituency has the BJP in the lead with a margin of 4,416 votes. Incidentally, Yadgir is a stronghold of the Ligayat Reddy community and has not had a candidate from a backward community since 1978.