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Fractured minority vote would ensure BJP win in Karnataka: Swamy

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    The fractured minority votes would ensure a win for the BJP in Karnataka, Subramanian Swamy has said. The BJP leader said that he exuded confidence that BJP would get additional Muslim minority women's votes because of the initiative it took to ban triple talaq and votes of Shias and other smaller minority groups.

    Subramanian Swamy

    "The women, for example, are Muslims.They are grateful to BJP for the fact that it took the bold step of removing triple talaq. Even Shias and Borahs and all other smaller groups will vote for us. So the minority votes are fractured. The majority vote is getting consolidated. I think we will win on that basis alone (in Karnataka)," he said.

    "Minority men may consolidate behind Congress, but women are voting solidly for us," he added.

    The BJP leader said that the party was confident of winning 125 to 130 seats on this calculation.

    Swamy was in Bengaluru on Saturday to participate in a panel discussion held at "The Huddle", a thought conclave, conducted by The Hindu Publication here.

    To a query on political pundits and the media making the Karnataka poll battle as one between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said it was between minority appeasement and Hindutva and not as projected.

    "The battle is between minority appeasement and Hindutva, nothing else. This is the new factor in Indian politics. I see no battle between Siddaramaih and Prime Minister Modi.That is the bottomline.... he said.

    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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