In 2013, the number of women who made it to the 224-member state legislature was just six. In the 33-member state cabinet, only two were women.
Parameshwara, born into a prosperous dalit family that owns educational institutions, is banking on the sympathy following his defeat.
While most Lingayats and Veerashaiva-Lingayats in Tumakuru remain tight-lipped about the minority status, they admitted that the issue had not touched the southern belt.
This election season, every politician irrespective of party affiliation, be it Rahul Gandhi or Amit Shah, has made a stop at Siddaganga Mutt.
For Ramanagara’s voters, their love for Kumaraswamy transcends the latter’s performance or number of visits he has made.
In this Vokkaliga-dominated region where caste politics dominates everything else, every political party is making sericulture a poll issue.
Except for a couple of affluent areas, its residents are mostly low income earners. It is precisely for this reason the constituency’s performance in the 2013 elections was just 40%.
With skyrocketing land value, real estate barons mushroomed. Having attained wealth, they sought influence. When influence was not enough, they went for power.
In Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), which was once the cash cow of British Raj and has a fascinating history of mining, around 25,000 people depend on Bengaluru for work.
In the assembly, Subramani too was talking about the water crisis. Unlike his peers who took up jobs in Bengaluru, 36-year-old Subramani chose to be a farmer in Kolar.
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