Apr 15th, 2023, 05:30 PM(IST)

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Karnataka Election will be held on May 10th, 2023, with counting to take place on May 13th, 2023.The state’s 5.24 crores voters will able to vote at 58,282 polling station. The last assembly election in Karnataka were held in May 12th, 2018, and Janata Dal (Secular) formed a coalition government with Congress.

  • Ruling Party in Karnataka 2023 :- Karnataka is the only southern state (BJP) is ruling and the party sees this state as the entry point to the rest of the South India.
  • Assembly seats :-Karnataka has 224 assembly seats to which candidates are directly elected by people through an adult warrant.
  • Parliament:- Karnataka has 28 seats in Lok Sabha ( lower house of the Parliament) and 12 seats in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament).
  • Bhartiya Janta Party-: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to file his nomination papers in Shiggoan on Saturday, sources said.

 -The ruling party BJP on Apr 11th, 2023, announced 1st candidates for 189 candidates with 52 new faces in Karnataka Elections. BJP released its Second list of 23 candidates on late Wednesday, April 13th.

-Opposing against the BJP not giving him ticket from Athani in Belagavi district, former Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi joined the Congress on Friday, April 14th.

  • Indian National Congress-:  Congress released its third list of 43 candidates on Saturday, Apr 15th for the May Karnataka Election and ex BJP leader and former deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi fielding from Athani assembly seat.
  • Janata Dal-: The Janata Dal ( Secular) on Friday, Apr 14th, released its second list of 49 candidates and fielded H P Swaroop, instead of party patriarch H D Deve Gowda’s  daughter-in-law Bhavani Revanna, from Hassan seat.
  • Registered Voters:- According to latest data of the Electoral Roll, Karnataka has 5,24,11,557 Electors, where General Electors are 5, 23, 63, 948 and Service Voters are 47,609.
  • Voter Turnout in 2018 Karnataka assembly:- The 2018 Karnataka Elections witnessed highest voter turnout since 1952 assembly polls, with 72.13 percent of total registered voters in the state exercising their suffrage.

2018 Karnataka Assembly Election:-

The 2018 Karnataka legislative assembly election was held on May 12th, 2018 to elect members from 224 constituencies in the southern state. The Election was organised in a single phase and result were came out on May 15th, 2018. The BJP sought to return to power in after a gap of 5 years, while congress, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, contested the Election seeking a second term in office. The Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) was the third major party in the election.

Only BJP came out as the single-largest party with 104 seats but failed to get half mark of 112. No other party was able to secure a majority on its own in the final result. The Indian National Congress (INC) won 78 seat and Janata Dal(JDS) won 37 seats, the JDS agreed to support the Congress Party to form a coalition government after several rounds of negotiations. H.D Kumarasamy of the JDS was sworn in as Chief Minister on May 23rd, 2018.

The coalition of Congress and JDS government lasted only for 14 months when 16 of their legislator resigned within two days and 2 independent MLA’s switched their support to BJP, where their house majority decreased to 105. Left the ruling coalition with the support of 101 MLA’s and the opposition party (BJP) with 107, Kumarasamy lost the trust vote and resigned. B.S Yediyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on July 26, 2019.

  • Parties are contesting in Karnataka Assembly Election 2023 Karnataka Election 2023 likely to be contest between BJP, Congress and (JDS), despite AAP’s late entry into the battle. Other parties like Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, Mayawati’s  Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), CPI(M), CPI, and Social Democratic party of India (The Political wing of banned PFI) will also be fielding their candidates.
  • Karnataka Election Results Impact on Parliament’s Seat

The result of the Karnataka assembly election will impact the parties’ power in Rajaya Sabha, which is the upper house of the Indian Parliament. There will be no direct impact on Lok Sabha seats (lower house of the parliament).

  • Seats are reserved for SCs and STs

Total assembly seats are 224, 36 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for Scheduled Tribes.

  • EPIC ( Electors Photo Identity Card)

Electoral Photo Identity Card commonly known as voter ID, is one of the documents needed for the identity of an elector at the time of voting. The Election Commission of India (ECI) issues a unique set of numbers and letters, called EPIC number, to newly registered voters. The poll panel said all-out efforts are being made to ensure 100% delivery of EPIC to all newly registered electors before the last date of filing nomination.

  • Other Proofs ID for voting in Karnataka assembly Elections

Aadhaar Card, Driving Licence, PAN Card, MNREGA Job Card, Indian Passport, Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, Pension document with photograph, Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies, Official Identity Cards issued to MPs/MLAs/ MLCs and Unique Disability ID (UDID) Card, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR.

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