'Karnataka is BJP's door to south': Amit Shah on party's poll prospects and 2019 Lok Sabha elections
During a Bengaluru roadshow, BJP chief Amit Shah spoke with Firstpost on the party's prospects in the Karnataka polls and why these elections are so central to the party's future.
Former Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is seen as a potential kingmaker in case of a hung verdict — provided he retains his influence among voters, but his strategy may leave JD(S) with potentially zero seats
Karnataka polls: History shows caste never influenced results, but Siddaramaiah's Lingayat move may change it
Karnataka has never exhibited a clear caste-wise preference in voting patterns, however, the Congress move to recommend separate religious status to the Lingayats makes this election interesting as it is the first such direct overture to a caste group in the state
Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda denies any arrangement with the BJP in the event of a Hung Assembly in poll-bound Karnataka.
Karnataka polls: As BJP considers options beyond Yeddyurappa, Lingayat voters check options beyond BJP
Conspiracy theories, fanned by Congress leaders on social media, that Yeddyurappa may not make it as chief minister even if the BJP comes to power has meant the Lingayat voter is still mulling his options
Karnataka polls: By hounding Narendra Modi on Twitter, Siddaramaiah turns into a David fighting Goliath
There was a time not long ago when Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah seldom hit national headlines. And when he did, it usually had something to do with the IT capital’s potholes.
Karnataka Assembly election: Rahul Gandhi launches Congress manifesto, says it contains state's 'mann ki baat'
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday released the Congress manifesto for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections in Mangalore.
Congress leaders are beginning to admit that Siddaramaiah’s adventure, which from the outset was thought to be a gamble fraught with political risks, might not pay off to the extent they had hoped, and may even backfire
Karnataka polls: BJP pins hopes on Narendra Modi as Yeddyurappa and Amit Shah struggle to pull in votes
The party men want Modi to do in Karnataka what he did in the final phase of the Gujarat election in December: Turn the tide just enough in the nick of time to save the party from defeat.
Karnataka Assembly Election 2018: First-time voters key for BJP as Narendra Modi vs Siddaramaiah contest heats up
In Karnataka, apart from the anti-incumbency factor against Congress, what may really work in BJP's favour is the 14 percent debutant voters among whom Prime Minister Modi is very popular
BJP president Amit Shah will tour northern parts of the state from Thursday on his sixth round of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka, where the saffron party is going all out to unseat the Congress.
'Who's Rahul Gandhi to decide India's religious systems?': RSS' Indresh Kumar on separate religion for Lingayats, politics and Ayodhya
Indresh Kumar spoke to Firstpost about his take on triple talaq, Ram janmabhoomi, and politics. Here are the edited excerpts from the interview.
Karnataka polls 2018: BJP's first candidates list exposes internal fissures, cadre calls leadership 'autocratic'
BJP party leaders and workers are upset over the selection of people who have migrated from other parties in at least three seats for the 2018 Karnataka election.
Karnataka Election 2018: Lingayats will teach Congress and Siddaramaiah lesson of a lifetime, says BS Yeddyurappa
'BJP has never used religion or caste to win elections. We believe in nationalism. For us, everyone is a proud child of Mother India," says BS Yeddyurappa, BJP's chief ministerial candidate in poll-bound Karnataka
Siddaramaiah asks Centre to recognise Lingayats, Veerashaivas as separate religious minorities in Karnataka
The Congress government in Karnataka has written to the Centre recommending it to consider representations of the Lingayat and Veerashaiva community to recognise them as a religious minority.
Karnataka polls: Siddaramaiah unsettles BJP as Congress' pro-Lingayat steps shake BS Yeddyurappa's citadel
Like the Jats of Rajasthan, the Lingayats are the biggest community in Karnataka with an estimated population of 17 percent.
Amit Shah on two-day visit to Karnataka to counter Siddaramaiah's Lingayat card, calls CM 'Ahindu' for dividing religion
Shah said that the proposal, which was rejected by the then Manmohan Singh government at the Centre in 2013, was only aimed at creating confusion among people
Amit Shah in Karnataka: BJP president visits Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur as part of party's charm offensive before Assembly election
Amit Shah will tour Karnataka for two days starting Monday as the party seeks to win back the Lingayat vote bank ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections.
As Karnataka government declares minority status for Lingayats, Veershaiva Mahasabha deplores decision
The All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha said in Bengaluru that it is clear the Karnataka government only took the decision to grant religious minority tag to the dominant Lingayat and Veerashaiva Lingayat community due to the upcoming election in the state.
Siddaramaiah in fix after 37 Hindu castes including his own Kuruba community demand ‘minority’ status
In this satirical piece, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah finds himself in a fix when one after 37 Hindu communities in the state call him seeking minority status