articles by Ramakrishna Upadhya


Lok Sabha Election 2019: As 14 Karnataka seats go to polls, BJP appears to have nullified Congress-JD(S) advantage

The third phase of polling on Tuesday sees 14 Lok Sabha seats from the northern part of Karnataka decide whether the Congress-JD(S) alliance will deliver a mighty blow to the BJP or whether the 'Narendra Modi wave' will help the BJP retain its stranglehold on the Lingayat belt


Lok Sabha polls: Voting for 14 seats in Karnataka will test strength of already jittery JD(S)-Congress alliance

Congress and JD(S), between them, had secured 51.8 percent of the votes to BJP’s 43 percent in 2014 in Karnataka.


Karnataka voters miffed at Deve Gowda's family for spreading political tentacles; JD(S) faces stiff contests in 'strongholds'

Deve Gowda, known as ‘Appaji’ in the family circles, has had to do a lot of tightrope walking to balance ambitions within the family.


Lok Sabha polls: Sumalatha Ambareesh poses serious challenge to HD Kumaraswamy's son in JD(S) bastion Mandya

The election campaign of Sumalatha Ambareesh, an independent candidate supported by the BJP, is assuming the shape of a thunderstorm in the Mandya seat.


Hamstrung by BS Yeddyurappa's obsession with toppling govt, Karnataka BJP faces uphill battle in LS polls

Ever since suffering the humiliation of being a ‘three-day chief minister’ after the May 2018 Assembly elections threw up a hung verdict, BS Yeddyurappa has been trying desperately to engineer defections from the Congress to regain power


Seat-sharing talks for LS polls could increase Congress-JD(S) woes as HD Kumaraswamy, others push for their kin

Late actor-politician Ambareesh's wife Sumalatha’s unexpected claim over Mandya constituency has resulted in a new headache for the JD(S)-Congress coalition in sharing the 28 LS seats in Karnataka


Karnataka political turmoil: Congress shifts legislators to resort near Bengaluru after legislature party meet ends

The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) met under the sword of disqualification of those who skipped the meeting.


MLA poaching in Karnataka: In bid to dislodge Congress-JD(S) govt, BJP shouldn't forget that it lacks 2008 clout

With the slogan '19 on 19', that is, to get 19 rebel MLAs to defect by 19 January, the BJP in Karnataka has begun its most serious attempt yet to dislodge the seven-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Five Congress MLAs and one independent have been holed up in a five-star hotel in Mumbai for the past few days, while three more rebels are spending time in New Delhi.


Karnataka by election results 2018: Ahead of 2019, BJP should focus on alternative strategies to replace BSY factor in state

As far as BJP is concerned, Amit Shah will be a worried man as the Karnataka by-elections have shown the ‘damage’ the Congress-JD(S) alliance can do in the coming Lok Sabha polls. He will also have to seriously ponder over lack of cohesion within the state BJP and Yeddyurappa’s inability to take anyone together.


Karnataka bypolls: Tough test for BY Raghavendra in Shivamogga, Anitha Kumaraswamy on strong footing

Whichever way these election results go, they are expected to help all three parties to fine tune their strategies for the mega fight in the April-May 2019 Lok Sabha polls.


Siddaramaiah, HD Deve Gowda shake hands after 12 years: Ex-PM's tactical brilliance has ensured Kumaraswamy's rule beyond 2019

Siddaramaiah and HD Deve Gowda — who have pledged to forget their past bitter relations and move on — are expected to hold a few joint campaigns, introducing new dynamics to the Karnataka bypolls