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Who will win Karnataka assembly elections? Here is a blast from the past

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    Who will win the Karnataka assembly elections is a question that all seem to be asking. Polls in the state will be held on May 12 and counting will take place on May 15.

    Who will win Karnataka assembly elections? Here is a blast from the past

    The battle is a keenly contested one with the Congress trying to retain power. The BJP, on the other hand, is going all guns blazing to take another state away from the Congress.

    Karnataka has always been an interesting battle and many political parties see this is as a gateway to the South. Karnataka has been dominated by the Congress, Janata Party, Janata Dal (S) and the BJP.

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    Between 1952 and 1978, the state was dominated by the Congress. Even in the year 1978 when the Janata Party was emerging as a big player in the country, the Congress managed to retain Karnataka by winning 149 of the 224 seats.

    Let us take a look at the elections and chief ministers of the past:

    • 1952: Mysore legislative assembly election: Congress, Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Kadidal Manjappa and S Nijalingappa
    • 1957: Congress, S Nijalingappa, B D Jatti
    • 1962: Congress, S R Kanthi, S Nijalingappa
    • 1967: Congress, S Nijalingappa, Veerendra Patil
    • 1972: Congress, Devaraj Urs
    • 1978: Congress, Devaraj Urs
    • 1983: Janata Party, Ramakrishna Hegde
    • 1985: Janata Party, Ramakrishna Hegde
    • 1989: Congress, Veerendra Patil, S Bangarappa, Veerappa Moily
    • 1994: Janata Dal, Deve Gowda, J H Patel
    • 1999: Congress, S M Krishna
    • 2004: Congress-JD(S), BJP-JD(S), Dharam Singh, H D Kumaraswamy, B S Yeddyurappa
    • 2008: BJP, B S Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda, Jagadish Shettar
    • 2013: Congress, Siddaramaiah
    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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