4.30 pm Apr 15, 2013
Karnataka Assembly elections 2013
Discuss the Karnataka Assembly polls and its possible impact on general elections with Dr Narendar Pani, Senior Fellow at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), and former political editor of 'The Economic Times’.
19 questions answered | 3 questions pending
- Elections in Karnataka is all about caste,if the BJP can hold to the Lingayat votebank,they will surprise.It all depends on How Shettar deals with the Lingayat mutts.Premature to write them off. Asked by: Ibn viewer
- Will BJP be able to do well in coastal Karnataka after their poor show in local body election? Asked by: Vinol
- who among the three was the good chief minister of bjp? Asked by: Elvij
- Has the appointment of a new BJP President decreased infighting in the party?Do you the think that the party looks more united than say it was a month before? Asked by: Ankit
- Compared to previous Governments, How BJP is Different in all aspects..? Asked by: Vinay Patil
- Narendar Pani The most surprising thing is the extent to which it has been blatantly corrupt. Karnataka has a long history of corruption, but few parties in power have been as casual about it. Opposition MLAs have been openly invited to quit their parties and get re-elected as BJP members with the tacit understanding that the cost of the fresh election will be made up once they are in power. Beyond corruption the party has not shown any fresh ideas in getting Karnataka's economy going. There have been worse governments in Karnataka, especially Mr Gundu Rao's trigger happy one in the early 1980s. But when the BJP came to power it would not have set Mr Gundu Rao as its bench mark.
- what will be the seat positions in your view after the elections? Asked by: Elvij
- Narendar Pani Trying to predict numbers in an election as volatile as those in Karnataka is asking for trouble. But in a country that predicts how much Tendulkar will score in his next innings, the temptation to throw a few numbers is too much to resist. As of now I would think in the 224 member assembly: Congress 116, JD(S) 50, BJP 45, and 13 going to others including Yeddyurappa's KJP.
- Can this election be a blessing in disguise for bjo ? as congress win would tempt her to dissolve parliament and go for early polls . Asked by: vankat
- Who according to you is a good CM candidate if Cong wins? Asked by: avishek
- Do you think Mr.Shettar will be elected as CM if BJP wins. As he says he is playing 20-20 political innings. How do you assess him till now.He seems very soft spoken and not authorative. Asked by: Anand Patil
- Narendar Pani Given the BJP's options he would appear to be their best bet. There will no doubt be others with greater influence in Delhi exerting pressure on the central leadership if the BJP wins. His image of a quiet but effective politician tends to go down well in Karnataka. Its more flamboyant chief ministers like Mr Gundu Rao have been soundly defeated.
- Has any rebel candidate from Congress filed his nomination as an independent candidate? Asked by: Ankit
- Sir, there is so much infighting in the congress in karnataka. Do you think congress has a chance to come back to power if there are so many rebel candidates in almost every assembly seat? Asked by: Kiran Pinto
- Letting yedurrappa go was a mistake from BJP? Asked by: Ashwini Nagur
- Can bjp surprise in this election ? Asked by: vankat
- Overall .. how was the performance of BJP in last 5 years .. is rural Karnataka satisfied about development Asked by: Sil
- Narendar Pani Even those who are not supporters of the BJP have been surprised by how badly the party has done in power. Given the high moral ground that the party once claimed it was not expected even by its worst enemies to allow corruption to reach the depths that it has in Karnataka under BJP rule. The rural areas have paid a major price for this corruption through the diversion of development funds. There have of course been other corrupt governments in Karnataka. But the ones that got re-elected typically had a major rural initiative like land reforms or decentralization. There has been no sign of such an initiative from the BJP.
- Since Elections in most of the states in India are 2 party, either its Cong V/S BJP or TMC v/s CPM, or AIDMK V/S DMK, Elections in state like Karnataka becomes a perfect ground for Horse Trading post elections because of Muiltiple parties are fighting the Election, & to avoid this EC should make it mandatory to make it a 2 party fight in every state as any ways the govt. will be form by either of the 2 parties with the support of 3rd or 4th or 5th party Asked by: Prashant
- is there any politician or political party in Karnataka who is not corrupt so that I can vote for them??? Asked by: prthap
- Narendar Pani The differences in the levels of corruption in Karnataka, as indeed elsewhere in India, is only a matter of degree. And sometimes we tend to thrust a clean image on parties in the hope that they will live up to it. The experience of the BJP in Karnataka belies this hope. With its many scams and land grabs the BJP's governance suggests that even parties that claim to be different to begin with turn out just the same once they are in power.
- Can Modi's campaign turn around things for BJP? Asked by: Harry
- Infighting & seat to kin may affect few seats of Cong ?? Asked by: Hari
- Narendar Pani There will be an effect, as these factors have always affected the Congress in Karnataka. The question is how great will the effect be. As of now the indications are that tickets to family members has been less than in the past. But it is only after the nominations are filed and the last date of withdrawals is over that we will know.
- simple question, who will win? Asked by: feroz
- Narendar Pani The general expectation is that this election is for the Congress to lose. The number of politicians from all parties seeking a Congress ticket supports this view. The trouble for the Congress is that it has lost from such a position before, simply because of the trouble it has in choosing the right candidates. This time too it has had protests against the official candidates. But the party will be hoping that the disgruntled elements are not strong enough to prevent the party from capitalizing on a general anti-incumbency mood against the BJP.