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In Karnataka caste matters more than star power

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    Political parties are throwing everything into the ring to ensure that Karnataka is conquered. Among the many gambles and equations at play is also the role of film stars being roped in by all parties.

    The likes of Upendra, Pawan Kalyan and a host of others have been roped in for the campaign. The big question is how much of an effect will star power have in the elections.

    In Karnataka caste matters more than star power

    In Karnataka, it is caste that has always dominated and looking at the lists released by both the Congress and BJP it is clear that this factor continues to be dominant. All equations point towards roping in votes from the Lingayats, Vokkaligas, Muslims, Dalits, OBCs etc. The lists released by the BJP and Congress are all about caste equations.

    Even if one looks at the stars roped in by the political parties it is clear that it has been done on caste lines. Being a star only adds a very small value to the entire equation.

    Take for instance the cases of Ambareesh, B C Patil and Munirathna. Each one has played the caste equation in their respective constituencies and won the elections. In the run-up to the elections, the Congress has been trying to rope in Sudeep who hails from the Nayaka community. Ultimately if the party manages to rope him in or at least gets him to the campaign, the caste factor would be dominant.

    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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