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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.

Other states

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

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