Is there a Modi wave in South India? Has the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh dented the Congress' changes? Will B S Yeddyurappa's return help the BJP in Karnataka? With only four days to go for the big battle to begin, psephologist Dr Sandeep Shastri discusses with Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa the trends in South India this poll season. Karnataka is witnessing a change in trends. Of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, the Congress is likely to win 13 to 15; the Bharatiya Janata Party nine to 12 ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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Her political rivals have taken strong objection to Geetha Shivrajkumar’s relentless milking of her father-in-law’s legacy, says Vicky Nanjappa Geetha Shivrajkumar -- daughter-in-law of Karnataka’s beloved filmstar Dr Rajkumar -- is the Janata Dal – Secular’s candidate from Shimoga constituency. She has been pitted against former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party strongman B S Yeddyurappa in the latter’s bastion. During her campaign, Geetha has been ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will be up against Geetha Shivrajkumar, the daughter-in-law of actor Dr Rajkumar and daughter of former chief minister S Bangarappa, in his hometown Shimoga. Vicky Nanjappa reports The Janata Dal-Secular has fielded a tough candidate to checkmate B S Yeddyurappa the former chief minister of Karnataka, who recently returned to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Yeddyurappa who usually wins easily from his hometown Shimoga, will be up against ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Chikkaballapur poses testing time for two former chief ministers Rediff.com, 1 week ago
From a four-each score in 2008 to a 7-1 drubbing in 2013, the BJP, which had once proclaimed that Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka is its stronghold, appears to be on a weak footing today. Vicky Nanjappa tells you why The Dakshina Kannada parliamentary constituency has eight assembly segments -- Belthangady, Moodabidri, Mangalore City North, Mangalore City South, Mangalore, Bantwal, Puttur and Sullia. While in the 2008 assembly elections the Bharatiya Janata Party had taken four ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda will battle it out against Congress strongman Narayanaswamy in this IT hub constituency of Bangalore North, which is all set to vote on development, infrastructure issues. Vicky Nanjappa reports. Despite all the attention on the high-profile Bangalore South constituency which is witnessing a faceoff between former Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilekani and sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ananth Kumar, one cannot ignore the interesting contest at hand ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The vast Udupi-Chikmagalur parliamentary constituency, which belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the years 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009, slipped out of its hands in 2012. While the Hindu factor may or may not work in its favour here, the party remains sure of a win. Vicky Nanjappa gives you an inside view of who is who in the political fray in this region The Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency came into existence after the delimitation in 2008. Today, it comprises four assembly segments from ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
While the Bharatiya Janata Party banks heavily on the Narendra Modi wave in Karnataka, former chief minister and Janata Dal-Secular leader H D Kumaraswamy says the wave is artificial, and that his party would be part of the next government to be formed at the Centre. In an interview to Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa, Kumaraswamy, son of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, says that both the Congress and BJP say Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi will be prime minister respectively, "but ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
He is up against one of the most talked about candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, and although the Congress terms his opponent Nandan Nilekani, the billionaire technocrat-turned-politician, as a ‘giant killer’, senior Bharatiya Janata Party Anath Kumar leader remains unperturbed. The five time MP from Bangalore South says he feels no threat from Nilekani, the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India. “People may seek change, but the change they want ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Arvind Kejriwal is visiting Bangalore on Saturday. And already making headlines is Kejriwal’s fundraising dinner, which is expected to raise Rs 40 lakh for the Aam Aadmi Party through 200 people who will dole out big bucks to dine with the AAP chief. Prithvi Reddy, AAP national executive member, however, clarifies that the Rs 20,000 per head dinner is not about eating food worth that much -- it will be a simple dinner and a fund raiser. In this interview with rediff.com’s Vicky ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
While B Sriramulu, once considered a trusted lieutenant of the mining barons from Bellary, the Reddy brothers, announced re-joining the BJP recently, senior party leader Sushma Swaraj seems vehemently opposed to it, putting the party in a spot of bother. Vicky Nanjappa reports. Sriramulu, an accused in the mining scam, had left the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the Badava Shramika Raitha Congress party, had said that his return to the party has been cleared by party president Rajnath Singh and ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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