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In Cartoons: The Karnataka Election Campaign That Was

India | News18 | May 15, 2018, 9:04 pm
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 With Karnataka set for a hung Assembly, political circles are abuzz with the possibility of a Congress-JD(S) tie-up. In case, of an alliance with Congress, JD(S) may demand the CM seat for Kumaraswamy. (Art by Mir Suhail)

With Karnataka set for a hung Assembly, political circles are abuzz with the possibility of a Congress-JD(S) tie-up. In case, of an alliance with Congress, JD(S) may demand the CM seat for Kumaraswamy. (Art by Mir Suhail)

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 Cartoonist Mir Suhail's take on Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018.

Cartoonist Mir Suhail's take on Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018.

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(Art by Mir Suhail)

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(Art by Mir Suhail)

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(Art by Mir Suhail)

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 There was no visible wave. But the undercurrent worked in Bharatiya Janta Party’s favour. It is a repeat of 2008 when the BJP came to power in Karnataka for the first time. Till the last week of April, the BJP campaign was uninspiring. The PM Modi landed in Karnataka in the last week and unleashed a blitzkrieg. (Art by Mir Suhail)

There was no visible wave. But the undercurrent worked in Bharatiya Janta Party’s favour. It is a repeat of 2008 when the BJP came to power in Karnataka for the first time. Till the last week of April, the BJP campaign was uninspiring. The PM Modi landed in Karnataka in the last week and unleashed a blitzkrieg. (Art by Mir Suhail)

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 Amid the high voltage campaigning for the state, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said he is “willing” to become the Prime Minister if his party emerges as the “single-largest” bloc in the Lok Sabha. This is the first time that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has explicitly expressed interest in joining the political executive if elected to power. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

Amid the high voltage campaigning for the state, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said he is “willing” to become the Prime Minister if his party emerges as the “single-largest” bloc in the Lok Sabha. This is the first time that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has explicitly expressed interest in joining the political executive if elected to power. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 The war of words between state chief minister Siddaramaiah and his predecessor BS Yeddyurappa escalated during the campaigning in the state. The two old-school politicians from Karnataka, were also locked in modern-day hashtag wars on social media. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

The war of words between state chief minister Siddaramaiah and his predecessor BS Yeddyurappa escalated during the campaigning in the state. The two old-school politicians from Karnataka, were also locked in modern-day hashtag wars on social media. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 As Karnataka election campaigning reaches its end, people of the state has been caught between the political tussle of BJP and Congress. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

As Karnataka election campaigning reaches its end, people of the state has been caught between the political tussle of BJP and Congress. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 With a majority of MLAs declaring assets above Rs 5 crore, the Karnataka legislative assembly indeed has a large number of crorepatis. Out of the 207 MLAs, 193 of them were crorepatis when they assumed charge. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

With a majority of MLAs declaring assets above Rs 5 crore, the Karnataka legislative assembly indeed has a large number of crorepatis. Out of the 207 MLAs, 193 of them were crorepatis when they assumed charge. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 As the political campaign gathers steam in poll-bound Karnataka, a little bit of Superstitiousness goes a long way. The BJP earlier had attacked the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah by tweeting a photograph of the Congress leader. In the photo, the Chief Minister was seen campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka with a lemon in hand. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

As the political campaign gathers steam in poll-bound Karnataka, a little bit of Superstitiousness goes a long way. The BJP earlier had attacked the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah by tweeting a photograph of the Congress leader. In the photo, the Chief Minister was seen campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka with a lemon in hand. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress during the campaign put out a series of tweets on corruption charges linked to the BJP's presumptive chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. Siddaramaiah is seen to have worked out his own counter-strategy to every move of the BJP in the run-up to the state elections. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress during the campaign put out a series of tweets on corruption charges linked to the BJP's presumptive chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. Siddaramaiah is seen to have worked out his own counter-strategy to every move of the BJP in the run-up to the state elections. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 During the campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi also said that the fight between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka Assembly elections in a “no contest”. Could this be the election were Rahul proves his might? (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

During the campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi also said that the fight between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka Assembly elections in a “no contest”. Could this be the election were Rahul proves his might? (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

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 Caught between the rhetoric of election campaigning from all the parties, the common voter has now the ball in his/her court to decide the future of the state. Cartoon by Mir Suhail

Caught between the rhetoric of election campaigning from all the parties, the common voter has now the ball in his/her court to decide the future of the state. Cartoon by Mir Suhail

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 According to Election Commission data, there are 7.6 lakh young first-time voters in Karnataka. With huge promises made by both BJP and Congress, the voters in the state braved all the noise during the campaign and are now ready for the day when the fate of the state will be decided for next five years. Cartoon by Mir Suhail

According to Election Commission data, there are 7.6 lakh young first-time voters in Karnataka. With huge promises made by both BJP and Congress, the voters in the state braved all the noise during the campaign and are now ready for the day when the fate of the state will be decided for next five years. Cartoon by Mir Suhail

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 As the election campaigning in the upcoming Karnataka polls is gained momentum, BJP’s came up with the latest poll strategy in Karnataka to spend a night at a slum in the election-bound state to woo the voters. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)

As the election campaigning in the upcoming Karnataka polls is gained momentum, BJP’s came up with the latest poll strategy in Karnataka to spend a night at a slum in the election-bound state to woo the voters. (Cartoon by Mir Suhail)