Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Congress workers want Siddaramaiah to contest from north Karnataka

Congress workers want Siddaramaiah to contest from north Karnataka

BJP national president Amit Shah today said fearing over BJP gaining grounds and his election from his home segment Chamundeshwari becoming hard, chief minister Siddaramaiah was now scouting to contest from two segments.

Responding to the workers, who met him here under the leadership of state Congress Working President S R Patil and sitting MLA Chimmanakalti, the chief minister said he would convey to the party high command their demand, Congress sources said.

Although the BJP and the Congress are done with several rounds of campaigning in the state, the campaigning strategy of JD (S) has also been strategically crafted, which is about concentrating on limited constituencies where it has the ground-level reach.

Parliament members Prahlad Joshi, Suresh Angadi and Prabhakar Kore accompanied Mr Shah during the Kittur visit.

The improved performance of BJP, however, is not likely to ensure the saffron party of an outright win in the Karnataka Assembly election.

The BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) will hold a meeting on April 15 over the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls.

The surveyors add that the ruling Congress will achieve an overall vote share of 37%, leaving the BJP and JD (S) with 35% and 19% respectively. Out of the total number of people interviewed/referred for the opinion poll, 62 percent came from rural areas and the remaining 38 percent were urban citizens.

Nearly 45 percent of electorate in Karnataka are of the opinion that the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka should be given another chance.

Price rise, corruption and lack of access to drinking water are among the other top issues of concern, according to the India Today-Karvy Insights opinion poll.

Among Hindus 44 per cent feel Congress deserves a second chance.

While it is believed that JD (S) has considerable support from Vokkaligas and Lingayats - two dominant castes in the state, the alliance with the BSP will help the party to garner support from Dalits and backward castes in the state.

Unemployment seems to be the biggest issue of concern in Karnataka with 22 per cent of respondents saying it is an issue that concerns them the most.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has scored fairly well after being in power for five years. Only 16 per cent opposed the Siddaramaiah government's decision while 10 per cent had no opinion on the question.

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