Karnataka Polls: Cong Likely To Finalise First List Of Candidates Today

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Amid reports that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah might shift his constituency for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said this was the "first major lead" that the saffron party would win the election.

Going by the India Today-Karvy Insights opinion poll, H D Deve Gowda's JD (S) will be the kingmaker in Karnataka. If one goes by the opinion poll, the BJP will improve its vote share from 19.89% to an impressive 35% and the JD (S)-BSP will get 19%. Predicting a hung Assembly in Karnataka, the results show that no party is expected to reach the magic number of 112.

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. The BJP, which is fighting a high-stake battle to topple the Congress and desperate to spread its footprint across the Vindhyas - will win between 78 and 86 seats, the opinion poll shows.

Interestingly, the opinion poll gave a boost to the Congress as a majority of the respondents wanted the JD (S)-BSP to support the Congress in case of a hung verdict.

The committee was constituted by the Election Commission to probe how information on the Karnataka Assembly poll dates was aired by two TV news channels on March 27 even before Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat had made an announcement in the regard.

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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. Also, a 45% felt that the Congress should be given another chance in government.

Shah, who is in Karnataka for a two-day visit, started his day on Thursday by sitting on a protest outside the district commissioner office in Dharwad, about 450 kms from Bengaluru, against the "undemocratic and divisive politics" of the Congress party.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has scored fairly well after being in power for five years.

Only less than 30 per cent feel that Siddaramaiah's performance is not up to the mark. HD Kumaraswamy, on the other hand, is the favourite of 21 percent of people.

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