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After a high-pitch campaign, stage set for Karnataka Assembly polls

Last Updated: Sunday, May 05, 2013, 00:40
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After a high-pitch campaign, stage set for Karnataka Assembly polls Bangalore: Capping an intense campaign that saw sparks fly, Karnataka goes to high-stake assembly polls Sunday amid elaborate security arrangements.

After a high-pitch campaign, stage set for Karnataka Assembly polls The main players -- the ruling BJP, the Congress and JDS -- were engaged in high pitched campaigning, as also Karnataka Janatha Party of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has broken away from BJP.

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi led the Congress charge against the beleaguered BJP in the state which is mired in allegations of corruption while Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi spiced up the counter-attack by the ruling party. Some poll surveys have predicted majority for the Congress or it emerging as the single largest party but falling short of a handful of seats, followed by BJP and JDS.

It's interesting to see how many seats KJP would bag and if Yeddyurappa would be "king-maker" in the post-poll scenario.

As many as 1.35 lakh police personnel -- 60,000 from the state, 20,000 homeguards and rest from central paramilitary and neighbouring states -- would be deployed to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of the elections.

Polling would be held from 7 AM to 6 PM -- timing extended by an hour by an Election Commission order today -- in 223 Assembly segments of the total 224. Election in Periyapatna was put off to May 28 following the death of BJP candidate.

There are nearly 3,000 candidates in the fray. Close to 52,000 booths are in place, including about 10,000 hypersensitive and more than 14,000 sensitive ones where the authorities would keep a special vigil with the help of web cameras.

More than 4.36 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise. There are about 35.59 lakh new voters (18-22 age category).

As many as 65,000 electronic voting machines, which include about 10 per cent kept as reserve, are ready to be pressed into service. More than 2.5 lakh poling officers would be on duty.

In the 2008 elections, BJP secured 110 seats, three short of majority, and went on to form the government with the help of five independents who were made Ministers. The Congress bagged 80 seats and the JDS 28.

The BJP secured 33.86 per cent, compared to the Congress' 34.59 per cent and JDS 19.13 per cent in 2008 polls.

While the overall voter turnout was 64.91 per cent in the 2008 elections, the average in the 28 segments of Bangalore was a low 47.3 per cent. The lowest in Bangalore was in Sarvajnanagar at 35.40 per cent.

The Election Commission and a number of NGOs carried out vigorous campaigns in recent days to boost the voter turnout.

After a high-pitch campaign, stage set for Karnataka Assembly polls PTI

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First Published: Saturday, May 04, 2013, 13:25

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randhir - pathankot
shetter is a very honest c.m.please people give him a an other chance.otherwise cong will lott and bankrupt karnataka people
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Annappa - Malaysia
My sincere request to all our state people, do not get cheated by the fake assurance of politicians. Please try to vote for the party which can 1) Safe guard our land, water as well natural resources and our bread earner farmers rather than the party which is safe guard our neighbour state. 2) Have the strong and valuable thoughts towards educating our students to make them an ideal product of our society with new education reforms rather than to those who want to spoil the life of our students by providing laptop. 3) Provide the farmers required facility to continue theri profession happily in terms of subsidy rather than making idle or handicap by providing them free grocery items. 4) Change our present worst/debted/destroyed Karnataka in to Highly Developed Karnataka. All educated voters think about the future of your children, state and the farmers before you cast your valuable vote. Jai Kannada Maathe.
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karmik - Canada
Currently, only the BJP seems Corruption free in Karnataka havig rid of Yeddy...........Karmik
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santosh - hyderabad
People of Karnatak if you are digging your grave if you vote for Congress. WARNING!
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RB PATIL - TALEKHAN
next cm yeddyurappa
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MK DAMODARAN - Kannur
The Karnataka assembly election is on May 5. It is the 14th election(1+4=5) The election is very decisive for manmohan and Sonia. The fate number of Sonia is 32(3+2=5). The fate number of Manmohan is also 32. Manmohan is the 14th PM. Sonia is the 5th forein-born AICC President. Lastly,Shettar is seeking reelection for the continuous 5th term.
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lakshmi - bangalore
all you need to know is that ``mr.Golden Spoon`` came begging to karnataka voters with aluminum plate. No mercy should be shown upon him
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lakshmi - bangalore
all you need to know is that ``mr.Golden Spoon`` came begging to karnataka voters with aluminum plate. No mercy should be shown upon him





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