NEW DELHI: The highest voltage campaigning for the Would most likely 10 assembly elections in Karnataka were given right here to an end on Monday with all 3 number one political occasions — BJP, Congress and JD(S) — making a last-ditch effort to woo the citizens.
From jam-packed roadshows to very large rallies, from bitter political remarks to well-known particular person appearances, the weeks-long campaigning took the southern state via storm as occasions left no stone unturned to outdo each and every other.
PM Modi, Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, HD Kumaraswamy — the absolute best guns of all the number one political occasions went on a advertising marketing campaign blitz across the state up to now few days.
Inside the intensity of the selling marketing campaign, there were instances of leaders crossing the street of public discourse and indulging in non-public attacks and abuses towards each and every other.
The elections are a combat of standing for BJP, which is trying hard to break the 38-year-old jinx and retain power in its very best southern state.
The Congress, within the intervening time, is searching for a much-needed electoral boost ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls via wresting the state from BJP.
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For JD(S), this can be a question of survival for the reason that celebration is fast shedding its fortify base to every BJP and Congress.
Here’s a check out how each and every of the three occasions tried to impress the citizens …
As expected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was once as soon as the celebrity of BJP’s advertising marketing campaign and held as many as 19 rallies and 6 roadshows throughout the run up to the elections.
The BJP took a centralised manner with its campaigning, highlighting national issues and programmes or achievements of the Union government coupled with only some from the state.
PM Modi made an important advertising marketing campaign push throughout the ultimate week since April 29 via protective mega public meetings and roadshows, canvassing votes for BJP candidates across the state with the poll slogan ‘Ee Baariya Nirdhara, Bahumatada BJP Sarkara’ (This Time’s Answer: Majority BJP Government).
Ahead of the announcement of polls on March 29, PM Modi had visited the state seven circumstances since January to unveil plenty of government schemes and duties, and had addressed numerous beneficiary meetings.
High-octane campaigning in Karnataka comes to an end
In step with BJP leaders, PM Modi’s election rallies bolstered its advertising marketing campaign in a big means and would be in agreement the celebration script history throughout the polls.
Altogether, BJP national leaders held a whole of 206 public meetings and 90 roadshows, while its state leaders held 231 public meetings and 48 side road shows.
Union area minister Amit Shah moreover travelled the state extensively to advertising marketing campaign for the celebration and strategise for the polls.
Relatively numerous BJP leaders, along with its national president J P Nadda, chief ministers of BJP ruled states like Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adiyanath, Assam’s Himanta Biswa Sarma, Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Goa’s Pramod Sawant, along with Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, S Jaishankar, Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari, among others too have travelled in rather numerous parts of the state for campaigning.
The celebration moreover effectively utilised the services and products and merchandise of its top leader in Karnataka B S Yediyurappa to counter the attempt during the Congress to build a trust that it was once as soon as turning anti-Lingayat.
While the BJP tried to focus on the achievements of every the state and central governments to pitch for every other chance for its ‘double-engine’ government (similar celebration government in state and at Centre), the celebration moreover brazenly sought votes throughout the identify of Modi, projecting his image as a world leader and India’s “emerging stature” on the global stage.
PM Modi targeted Congress on many occasions during the campaigning, specifically the Gandhis whom he referred to as the “royal family”.
The BJP and its leaders, specifically the Prime Minister, tried to turn opposition barbs at him like “venomous snake” into advertising marketing campaign issues for the celebration to capitalise on.
The Congress’s indicate of a possible ban on right-wing outfit Bajrang Dal was once as soon as moreover used by Modi and the BJP apparatus to counter the grand earlier celebration via having a look to brand it “anti Bajarangbali” and “anti Hindu”.
BJP’s manifesto moreover created numerous buzz throughout the state for the reason that celebration promises to put across Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and National Enroll of Electorate (NRC) throughout the state.
Listed below are the details of BJP’s poll manifesto for Karnataka.
The Congress by-and-large focused on local issues and its advertising marketing campaign moreover was once as soon as run via its state leaders initially.
Inside the later section, central leaders corresponding to AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra pitched in subsequently.
Congress, with stalwarts like former CM Siddaramaiah and state celebration president DK Shivakumar, is trying hard to wrest power from BJP to toughen its credentials as the primary opposition player ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
By the use of a success Karnataka, it moreover wants to offer a momentum of sorts to its workers to take on the battle-ready election apparatus of the BJP later this year throughout the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
For Congress, the election result can indicate the efficacy of Rahul Gandhi’s mega all-India footmarch that concluded in December. It’ll also be in my view crucial for celebration president Kharge, who is a key leader from the state.
Congress’s advertising marketing campaign initially targeted spherical its state leaders like Siddaramaiah and D Good enough Shivakumar. Later, Kharge gave it momentum and thereby waiting the pitch for the celebration’s top leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi to join in.
The brother-sister duo extensively travelled across the state, tricky the BJP’s advertising marketing campaign apparatus led via Modi, countering and tough him on rather numerous issues, most importantly on the issue of corruption, while promising to offer a better variety for Karnataka. Their mother and former AICC president Sonia Gandhi addressed a celebration rally in Hubballi on Saturday.
Congress has held 99 public meetings and 33 side road shows via its top state and central leaders.
The Congress’s main objective to attack the BJP government in this election was once as soon as over corruption/scams and the velocity of 40 consistent with cent rate, coupled with the Adani issue.
While extensively highlighting its 5 key poll ‘guarantees’, the celebration tried to inform the oldsters about its price towards the BJP government of having “failed in enjoyable 90 consistent with cent of its promises” made in its 2018 manifesto.
At a time when it looked like all was once as soon as going well, Congress itself waded into controversies with Siddaramaiah’s remark that “there is also already a Lingayat CM who is one of the crucial corrupt”, which the BJP was an “insult” to the entire Lingayat crew; Mallikarjun Kharge comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “a venomous snake”; then his son and Chittapur MLA Priyank Kharge calling Modi a “nalayak beta” (incompetent son).
It found out itself in every other controversy on the final days of the camoaigning over Sonia Gandhi’s use of the time frame “sovereignty” for Karnataka during the state poll advertising marketing campaign.
The BJP on Monday moved the Election Price on the lookout for movement towards the Congress leader and as well as demanded an FIR towards her.
Amid the ones back-to-back controversies, the Congress manifesto’s promise of perhaps banning the right-wing Bajrang Dal led to a couple anxiety as it threatened to hurt the optics, as BJP aggressively picked up the issue to portray the grand earlier celebration as being towards lord Hanuman and the feelings of Hindus.
Listed below are the details of Congress’s poll manifesto for Karnataka.
JD(S) too ran a really localised advertising marketing campaign, anchored most effective via its leader H D Kumaraswamy, with celebration patriarch Deve Gowda too changing into a member of in later regardless of his difficult age and identical diseases.
The celebration is struggling to revive itself throughout the state which is dominated via BJP and Congress. In 2018, it carried out the placement of kingmaker after stitching together a post-poll alliance with Congress.
It’s nonetheless spotted whether or not or no longer JD(S) unearths itself in a identical position after Would most likely 13.
For the Deve Gowda-led celebration even if, the primary downside is to take care of its political relevance at a time when it is plagued via desertions and interior rifts.
It is usually fighting with the image of being a “family celebration”. Gowda’s son Kumaraswamy, has someway single-handedly managed the JD(S) advertising marketing campaign across the state, together with his getting outdated father taking the once more seat.
Kumaraswamy has by-and-large centered his advertising marketing campaign on a five-fold programme referred to as ‘Pancharatna’ that the JD(S) plans to put in force on coming to power. It contains top of the range coaching, neatly being care, housing, farmer welfare and employment.
Even though the 89-year-old Deve Gowda initially stayed transparent of campaigning on account of age identical diseases, he has been travelling and campaigning for JD(S) candidates up to now couple of weeks, specifically throughout the celebration bastion of Earlier Mysuru house, making an emotional pitch, and countering the Congress’s and BJP’s attacks towards his celebration.
Allegations via every national occasions that the JD(S) was once as soon as the ‘B group’ of the other, and that JD(S) was once as soon as hoping to win merely 35-40 seats to play a crucial place in government formation in case of a hung verdict had been some of the criticisms faced via Kumaraswamy in this advertising marketing campaign.
The former chief minister, alternatively, has carefully banked on the topics of regional excitement and Kannadiga identification in his campaigning, along with issues related to welfare of farmers and the poor to attract citizens.
Listed below are the details of JD(S)’s poll manifesto for Karnataka.
(With inputs from PTI)
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