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Why Karnataka bypolls are important to BJP in the south

In Karnataka, today's bypolls will decide the future of the BS Yediyurappa government which currently has 105 legislators and one independent MLA's support in the 225 member strong Assembly.

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Dec 05, 2019, 12.48 PM IST
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Bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka being held on Thursday are important on more than one count for the BJP and Congress alike. It is the only major in the south where the two national parties are in primary candidates for power.

While the results will obviously impact the future of the only Bharatiya Janata Party government in south India, the implications of 'Team Yeddy' not gaining a clear mandate of at least six seats and retaining power in the Assembly can result in a Maharasthra-type of situation.

In Maharashtra, the unexpected happened when BJP's longtime ally the Shiva Sena joined hands with the NCP and Congress to keep the BJP out of the office. It is precisely this type of domino effect that can turn out to be the BJP's nightmare, after a series of losses in major states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

In Karnataka, the bypolls are important for the BJP because it will decide the future of the BS Yediyurappa government which currently has 105 legislators and one independent MLA's support in the 225 member strong Assembly. The BJP must win at least six seats today if it fancies its chances of continuing in power.

The results of today's bypolls are also important for the Congress which is eyeing a revival of its political fortunes, especially after the recent developments in Maharashtra. Its love-hate relation-ship with the Janata Dal(S) will come into focus if they win more than nine seats between them in today's bypolls. In such a scenario, the BJP will possibly be staring at a possible exit from the government.

Voting began early in the morning as scheduled and was proceeding on a sedate note in all the 15 Assembly constituencies.Reports of EVM glitches holding up voting are coming in from a few places but on the whole polling was going on smoothly.

Of the 15 constituencies where polls are held today, 12 were held by Congress while JD(S) was representing two seats. Today's elections were necessitated on account of the disqualification of 17 legislators belonging to the Congress and JD(S) who had cast their lot with the Yeddiurappa dispensation. Bypolls to two Assembly seats, Maski and R.R. Nagar will be held later.

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