However, the scheme of things are likely to undergo ‘amendments’ in the ‘Battle of 2014’ mainly due to the man whom saffron party has projected as its prime ministerial candidate – Narendra Modi. It’s believed that such is the impact of ‘Modi wave’ in Karnataka that it might well dishevel some of the major political equations.

The youth, especially the urban population are mighty impressed with Modi’s personality and the BJP is hopeful of bagging their votes in the general elections.

Karnataka is an extremely important state for both Congress and BJP and it’s the only southern state which has seen the Lotus blooming in its full glory.

At the same time, going by the anti-incumbency wave across the nation, Karnataka is the only state where the Congress is hopeful of increasing its tally compared to 2009.   

There are a few reasons which make the Congress hopeful and its impressive performance in the 2013 assembly elections is one of them. On the other hand, the BJP has seen several discords and dissents in the state unit, including the unceremonious exit of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and public praise for Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Things have, however, changed within a year’s frame and Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) merged with the BJP. Though BSY’s homecoming to the party has come under question, mainly due to his ‘tainted’ image, reports were also rife that a section of BJP leaders were opposed to re-inclusion of the Lingayat strongman.

However, BSY’s return, especially at a time, when ‘Modi wave’ is believed to be at its peak has not only boosted BJP’s chances but also re-arranged the furniture of poll equations.

It’s certain that the state is going to witness a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP with HD Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular) spicing up the things on a few seats.

Besides, there are several factors, from which the BJP can take heart.

In 2008 assembly electi0ns, the party stormed into the state legislature with a massive majority and in the following year’s Lok Sabha polls, out of total 28 seats, the saffron party unfurled its flag on 19. The Congress was left contended with only six seats and JDS could bag only three.

However, the Congress made a major comeback in the last year’s assembly polls by securing 34.5 percent votes, while the BJP grabbed only 20 percent. Going by the 2013 assembly election trends, the Congress was in a position to secure around 22 Lok Sabha seats, pushing the saffron party at merely four.


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