All eyes on Karnataka
Assembly elections will decide the fate of many political leaders in 2018. Those that will be most watched will be in congress-ruled Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh and chhattisgarh, both ruled by the BJP. out of 225 seats in Karnataka, the congress holds 124, while the BJP has just 44. it will be difficult for the BJP’S planner-in-chief Amit shah to even try to change that in May, when the elections will be held. Already, Bs Yeddyurappa, former chief minister and the BJP’S state unit president, has hit the campaign trail. chief minister siddaramaiah is unlikely to give up without putting up a fight.
Will MP see a change of rule?
come november and Madhya Pradesh will go to the polls. The BJP has been in power here since 2005, with chouhan in the cm’s chair. To leverage the inevitable anti-incumbency factor, the congress has already started focussing on the state. stalwarts sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya scindia will be put to the test in this election. Already, there are reports of the congress seeking new faces to field in this important state. And for chouhan it will be an acid test of party and election management.
The year ahead will also see the people of chhattisgarh and rajasthan decide whether they want to continue with raman singh and Vasundhara raje as chief ministers. Both states are with the BJP, and after the gujarat results, at which the party would have heaved a sigh of relief rather than exult, the assembly polls in 2018 will help the BJP gauge the mood for the 2019 general elections.
Siddaramaiah (L); Yeddyurappa (R)
Shivraj Singh Chouhan