Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Dates For High-Stakes Karnataka Assembly Elections to be Announced Today

The Congress is looking to retain power in this crucial southern state while the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to defeat its foe. Deve Gowda’s JD (S) is the third player in these polls.

News18.com

Updated:March 27, 2018, 9:12 AM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Dates For High-Stakes Karnataka Assembly Elections to be Announced Today
File photos of PM Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.

New Delhi: The Election Commission will announce the dates for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Tuesday. EC sources said the announcement is likely to be made around 11am.

The Congress is looking to retain power in this crucial southern state while the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to defeat its foe. Deve Gowda’s JD (S) is the third player in these polls.

In 2013, the Congress won 122 seats in the 24-member Legislative Assembly.

Parties like MIM of Asaduddin Owaisi, Mayawati’s BSP, Sharad Pawar’s NCP etc are also trying their luck in all-important Karnataka Assembly polls. The BSP and NCP have joined the JDS led pre-poll alliance to take on both the Congress and the BJP.

In a deft political move, the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka decided to ask the Centre to recognise the Lingayats as an independent religion. The Lingayats make up for 14% of the total population of the state and are seen as a crucial votebank.​

“Our fight has reached a logical end. We have always maintained that Lingayats are not Hindus. Hope the Centre will accept our demand,” Water Resources Minister and Lingayat leader MB Patil said after the announcement.

The RSS has already opposed the independent religion tag to Lingayats on the ground that it will “divide” the Hindu religion.

Siddaramaiah’s move has put the main opposition BJP in a fix as Lingayats are the backbone of the BJP in Karnataka. Its CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa is also a Lingayat and the saffron party in the state is in a dilemma. According to a confidant of Yeddyurappa, “If we oppose it, we might lose the support of Lingayats who are over 16% of the state’s population. If we support it, the RSS may not like it. We really need to be careful.”​

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results