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Battle Bengaluru: How the city is expected to vote

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    There are 28 constituencies in Bengaluru. The city alone accounts for 12 per cent of the 224 seats across the state which will poll on May 12. The city has not exactly been loyal to any party.

    Battle Bengaluru: How the city is expected to vote

    Where the results in both the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha results are concerned it has been a mixed bag. While in the 1980s, it was a Congress bastion, later on the Janata Party occupied a considerable amount of space in the city's electoral landscape.

    However the infighting within the Janata Party and the splits gave room for the BJP. In 2013 Karnataka election when BJP was a divided house, it still managed to win 12 out of the 28 assembly segments. Overall the BJP had won 40 seats in the state which means 30 per cent of this tally came from Bengaluru alone. The Congress on the other hand bagged 13 in 2013.

    In 2008, the BJP had won 16 seats in Bengaluru while the Congress bagged 11 seats.

    Poll issues in Bengaluru:

    Women safety, law and order
    Population explosion and migration
    Pollution and encroachment of lakes
    Slums
    Water sanitation and deteriorating civic amenities
    Shrinking greencover
    Traffic
    Bad transport system


    How Bengaluru has voted in the past:

    Assembly 2008: ( 28 constituencies):

    BJP: 16

    Congress: 11

    JD(S): 1

    Assembly 2013: ( 28 constituencies):

    Congress: 13

    BJP: 12

    JD(S): 3

    Lok Sabha 2009 ( 3 constituencies):

    BJP: 3

    Congress: 0

    JD(S): 0

    Lok Sabha 2014 ( 3 constituencies):

    BJP: 3

    Congress: 0

    JD(S): 0

    High profile constituencies and its leaders:

    BTM Layout: Ramalinga Reddy
    Shivajinagar: Roshan Baig
    Byatarayanapura: Krishna Byre Gowda
    Shantinagar: N A Haris
    Malleshwaram: M R Seetharam
    Chamarajpet: Zameer Ahmed Khan
    Vijayanagar: Krishnappa M
    Padmanabha Nagar: R Ashok
    Sarvajna Nagar: K J George

    Karnataka Assembly Election dates
    Date of notification April 17
    Last date to file nominations April 24
    Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
    Date of polling May 12
    Date of counting May 15

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