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Stakes for Congress and BJP high in Karnataka election but no bearing on 2019 elections

By Vinod

New Delhi: It is not only stakes of the Congress in the Karnataka Assembly elections are very high which is ruling the state but for the Bharatiya Janata Party too, these elections might decide the course of party's prospect for the 2019 General elections. Both the parties seem to have adopted no hold barred strategy to win these elections however the third player Janata Dal (S) has no other option except waiting for the result to take sides.

Stakes for Congress and BJP high in Karnataka election but no bearing on 2019 elections

Political analysts feel that victory of the BJP in Karnataka might open the southern gateway for the party which is heavily banking on southern state to do well for it this time round. Actually the BJP has been working on a strategy to break the tag of being a north Indian party so it wants to improve its performance in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Orissa for which Karnataka victory will be a catalyst. On the other hand the Congress by stopping the victory chariot in Karnataka wants to contain the BJP juggernaut.

Speaking to One India Badri Narayan a renowned political analyst said, "Whatever the outcome of Karnataka elections is, it will influence Indian politics in a big way. It has become important because it is happening just after Gujarat polls, in which the Congress lost marginally from the ruling BJP."

Narayan said that this election is also going to be a test of water for Congress president's ability and present him an opportunity to show his mettle to challenge and defeat the BJP in future elections. A favourable outcome for the Congress would also help reviving the party in other southern states especially Andhra. It will consolidate Gandhi's position within the party ranks and will create ground for acceptance as a capable leader. From the BJP's perspective, a victory in Karnataka could derail the Congress and prove that the Grand Old Party has no future in the 2019 general polls.

Prof Rajvir Sharma, a political analyst who watches closely the RSS and the BJP, told One India that RSS activists who arrived at Bengaluru from various parts of India to work for the Karnataka elections are working on the time tested door to door campaign strategy of the BJP at least ever since Amit Shah taken over as party President. But victory of the Congress will give a moral boost to opposition as every election is different in a democracy like India.

However, a BJP leader said that Karnataka was crucial for the BJP in many ways as it would not only open the southern gateway but also encourage BJP workers in states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattigarh and Rajasthan where next round elections are due.

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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