Karnataka politicians turn to astrology to ward off ill omen

With only few weeks left for the assembly elections in Karnataka, politicians cutting across party lines are seeking the help of astrologers to boost their prospects of winning in the upcoming polls, scheduled next month.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2013, 18:48 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Bangalore: With only few weeks left for the assembly elections in Karnataka, politicians cutting across party lines are seeking the help of astrologers to boost their prospects of winning in the upcoming polls, scheduled next month.

Reports said that Karnataka politicians are being extra-cautious and taking care of even the minutest things starting from filing of their nomination papers to the colour of their undergarments. They want to be doubly assured that everything goes in accordance with their astrologer’s advice.

It has been reported that major political parties like Congress, JD(S) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released their first list of candidates on April 5, as it was considered auspicious.

JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda ensured that his party announced the names of 122 candidates on April 5 as 1+2+2 equals to 5 according to numerology.

Some politicians are also particular about the colour of their pen and ink, which they would use to sign their nomination papers.

And if this is hard to digest, then there are reports doing the rounds that some of the political personalities are of the view that signing the nominations papers naked will bring them luck.

Not only this, many candidates believe that if they are beaten up with sandals or get abused this too can ward of ill omen..

The process for May 5 Assembly polls in Karnataka formally started this Wednesday with the opening of nominations for the 224 seats of the 225-member house that includes one nominated member.

The main fight is expected between the BJP and Congress in a majority of the constituencies. In south Karnataka, the fight is expected to be mainly between the BJP and JD-S or the Congress and JD-S.

With Yeddyurappa declaring that his main goal is to defeat the BJP, interest is more on the damage his KJP will cause to his former party, than on the number of seats his new outfit will win.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is April 20 and the vote count is on May 8.

Over 40 million people are eligible to vote.