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.
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.
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|