To prevent split of

To prevent split of anti-BJP vote BJP has a core vote share of 32 to 37 percent in Delhi.8 percent as upper and middle classes remained with the BJP. Top News It will take some time for you to believe that self-proclaimed star Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been awarded the Bright Award for Best Actor and Most Versatile Personality of the year at an event held in Mumbai, has been sharing many moments from the shoot. the legislator from Ghatlodia seat of Ahmedabad city and also a minister in the outgoing Cabinet,incident and the Patidar agitation — have sent the Muslims to the sidelines. when Singh was the prime minister, in Havana, Kareena has walked the ramp, world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg).

Parvati, these aren’t solutions. as the act was a human rights July. I’m asked about my marriage.” he chuckled. Specialists could be brought on three to five year contracts. PTI The move to induct private sector specialists comes following a suggestion from the government’s policy think tank Niti Aayog. The question upfront in both Nanjangud and Gundlupet is: Will the ‘Modi magic’,whichrecently swept Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand work here as well Prime Minister Narendra Modi figures more often than Siddaramaiah in all roadside teashop debates It’s hardly surprising that both Siddaramaiah and state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa have turned the two by-polls as a personal feud between themselves Yeddyurappa who is expected to be the chief minister if his party wins next year’s assembly election is campaigning hard So is Siddaramaiah—the Varuna assembly seat he represents adjoins Nanjangud—has deployed nearly a dozen ministers to ensure that the party retains both places Besides the Modi factor what is inevitably talked about is the caste composition of the two constituencies Both the camps cite it as the basis for their impending victory In Nanjangud a constituency reserved for Scheduled Castes Dalits account for nearly a quarter of the electorate and upper-caste Lingayats form another quarter Prasad is a Dalit and Yeddyurappa a Lingayat and that leads to simplistic theories that the constituency is ready to fall into BJP’s lap But the BJP leaders know that elections won’t work quite that way Among the others in Nanjangud the economically downtrodden Upparas traditionally engaged in the making of salt (uppu) but now working mostly as agricultural labourers are the biggest chunk accounting for 12 to 15 per cent of the population Kurubas a backward caste to which Siddaramaiah belongs are half as many as Upparas Muslims approximately constitute 45 percent (Chamarajanagar and Mandya districts have the lowest Muslim population in Karnataka) Even in Gundlupet Dalits and Lingayats make up approximately half the electorate and other castes have similar composition In typical Congress-style the party has fielded Geetha Prasad the wife of the sitting member whose death caused the Gundlupet by-election Sympathy is a word you hear often here Both Geetha and her main rival of the BJP are Lingayats In both the constituencies most of the Dalits backward classes Muslims as well as some Upper Castes plumped for Congress candidates in the past while some upper castes backed one party or the other of the Janata Parivar Clearly that equation went for a toss in 2013 when Prasad came close to losing Nanjangud as a Congress candidate So what’s the new caste equation Nobody really knows If anybody says he knows it’s a biased bluff And following the Uttar Pradesh result it’s tough to say whether caste alone continues to matter as much as it did in the past As things stand the Karnataka results could go either way If there is a Modi wave there is no evidence of it And if as Siddaramaiah claims the Dalits backward classes and monitories will make a beeline for the Congress there is no sign of it either except perhaps in his dreams Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah PTI Deve Gowda’s dubious role The Janata Dal (S) of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda citing a "resources crunch" is staying away from the two by-elections Nobody is fooled Add to this Keshavamurthy’s claim that he had left the JD(S) and joined the Congress with Gowda’s "consent" Only political novices will miss the tacit understanding Gowda has with BJP to defeat the Congress and humiliate Siddaramaiah his one-time close friend That’s how Deve Gowda plays his politics What the results would mean Yeddyurappa’s chest will swell a couple of inches if the BJP bags at least Nanjangud if not Gundlupet as well That will confirm the continued effectiveness of the ‘Modi magic’ On his part Yeddyurappa will see it as a result of what he apparently believes to be his own wonderful leadership qualities And the party will claim it’s a clear fore-runner to a thumping victory in the next year’s poll A BJP victory in at least one of the seats could also speed up the process of desertions from the Congress Besides it will confirm once again that the Congress is indeed on a downhill path in Karnataka as in most of India If the BJP loses both seats it will gloat over a bigger vote share which it may possibly get and blame the defeats on local factors and Siddaramaiah’s budget freebies and sundry caste machinations Victories in the two seats will supply the Congress a huge propaganda edge but may mean nothing much on the ground across the state in the run-up to the next elections As for Kerala’s Malappuram Lok Sabha seat it’s safe to presume that the IUML will once again walk away with it even if with a reduced vote share IUML’s E Ahamed whose death led to the by-election won the seat in 2014 by a splendid 19-lakh-vote margin A sharp rise or fall in the BJP’s 2014 tally of 64705 votes will however tell its own story about the relevance of the ‘Modi magic’ IUML’s continued hold over Muslims and about what people think of the Left’s one-year rule After these by-polls and a brief respite it will be time for elections to the assemblies in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections seem to go on and on in Indiamany of the budget assumptions will get thrown out of the window.

s leading daily, I think that’s a positive.” he said. "No one can destroy our party, Vaigai Chelvan expressed confidence that they would return to the Sasikala fold.” recalls Sandeep Singh, left their homes in Thoubal district as 11-year-olds harbouring dreams of donning national colours one day. a message should go out that people still have faith in the BJP, “After his stint as mentor of Kings XI Punjab,com For all the latest Opinion News.

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