KARNATAKA ELECTIONS 2008

  • Children defy curfew, march to police stations in Jammu August 20, 2008

    Jammu: Children along with their parents, defied curfew in this winter capital city of Jammu and Kashmir and its adjoining areas and marched to police stations to offer themselves for arrest over the Amarnath land row. Curfew was clamped Tuesday night on the entire Jammu city, having a population of...
  • Srinagar in rage against land transfer to shrine June 24, 2008

    Srinagar: The controversial allotment of forestland to the Amarnath shrine board took a violent turn on Tuesday when a person who was injured while protesting against the state governments decision died. Srinagar has been tense since Monday after dozens were injured during police firing on Monday. Authorities last week said nearly...
  • Yeddyurappa takes oath as CM, sings development agenda May 31, 2008

    Bangalore: The new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka with BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister assumed office in Bangalore on Friday. Yeddyurappa has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka for the second time in just seven months. But this time his BJPled government backed by six independents looks...
  • Karnataka: Rough ride ahead for Yeddyurappa May 30, 2008

    Bangalore: Friday is an important day for the BJP in Karnataka for B S Yeddyurappa is all set to be sworn in as chief minister, along with 15 to 20 ministers. Yeddyurappa faces tough times, amidst pressures from the Bellary mining lobby and the independents. The six independent MLAs who...
  • My duty to take minorities in confidence: Yeddyurappa May 28, 2008

    New Delhi: Karnataka's Chief Ministerinwaiting, B S Yeddyurappa was in New Delhi on Wednesday to meet top BJP leaders, before being sworn in on Friday. He spoke exclusively CNNIBN. CNNIBN: You met the Governor on Tuesday. What was the response? Yeddyurappa: He has invited me to form the government and we have...
  • Old not gold in Bangalore, voters elect young MLAs May 27, 2008

    Bangalore: The Karnataka Assembly results threw up some surprises and also some young Turks. More than twodozen young and new faces have made it to the state Assembly. Dinesh Gundurao, the 39yearold Congress MLA from Gandhinagar in Bangalore has already won three elections in a row. He feels his age gives...
  • IBNLive Chat: 'Delimitation behind failed forecast' May 27, 2008

    Exit poll forecasters have been proven wrong in the Karnataka Assembly elections. The BJP has won a verdict which few forecasters saw coming. Is exit poll forecasting an impossible task? Is it futile to predict election results in India? In order to get answers to the above and more,...
  • Govt trapped in antiBJP mode, distracted: Advani May 27, 2008

    After the BJPs landmark victory in Karnataka there is a going belief that maybe the NDA now is ever closer to power at the Centre with the General Elections just nine months away. One man then could be the countrys prime ministerinwaiting. Is he that? Lets find out from the...
  • What Bangalore wants from Yeddy's government May 27, 2008

    Bangalore: Bangalore is famous not just for great weather, IT companies and terrible traffic. It is the city of a large intelligentsia aware public citizens who have actually participated in governance or tried to make governments toe the line of development. But what is it that they want from...
  • BJP stakes claim to form K'taka govt | What B'lore wants May 26, 2008

    Bangalore: BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa met Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Monday evening and staked claim to form the government in the state. He was accompanied by senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Ananthkumar, Sadanand Gowda, party MLAs and three independents Narendra Swamy, D Sudhakar and Venkata Ramanappa. The...
  • Yeddyurappa elected BJP legislature party leader May 26, 2008

    Bangalore: BJP Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was formally elected legislature party leader on Monday, paving the way for him to stake claim to form the government. Soon after, Yeddyurappa said he would meet Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Monday to stake claim to form the government. "We have the required numbers to...
  • Wrong Number: Audit of Karnataka exit poll May 26, 2008

    What went wrong with the Congress and JDS in Karnataka? Did the antiincumbency factor lead to BJPs victory in the south of Vindhyas? Or was it the great betrayal by the Gowdas and the JDS that led to the saffron party flying its flag high in the state? ...
  • The Karnataka verdict: A vote for stability? May 26, 2008

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday created history by getting a foothold in South India. When the final results of Karnataka Assembly elections came out, the BJP had 110 seats under its belt with Congress taking the second spot with 80 seats and Janata Dal (Secular) a distant third...
  • Karnataka elections: Poll highlights May 26, 2008

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  • Shellshocked Cong broods on what went wrong May 26, 2008

    New Delhi: A day after their humiliating defeat, it's time for the Congress to introspect on what gave the BJP an edge and it seems not all party leaders agree on the reasons for the loss. Union Science & Technology Minister, Kapil Sibal made a candid admission when he stated: "BJP...
  • BJP lotus blooms as Congress power withers May 26, 2008

    The BJP's threepoint poll plank during the Assembly elections in Karnataka betrayal, inflation and terrorism' thrashed the Congress' virtual onepoint agenda of 'stability' in Karnataka. The final tally showed the BJP had won 110 seats in the 224seat Assembly while the Congress improved its tally since 2004, but...
  • Bangalore corporates give thumbsup to poll verdict May 26, 2008

    Bangalore's corporates have given the thumbs up to the Karnataka verdict, mainly because they feel the singleparty rule would spur development in the state. ...
  • Pollspeak in pics: Key players on Karnataka verdict May 26, 2008

    The BJPs dream of ruling a southern state was fulfilled on Sunday when it emerged as the singlelargest party in the state Assembly elections.Here's how the key parties reacted after the verdict. ...
  • BJP celebrates win, eyes General Elections of '09 May 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Its a double delight for the BJP celebrating a decisive win in the Karnataka Assembly Elections that also opens its account in the south of India and defying all predictions of a hung assembly, mainly because of B S Yeddyurappa, who was throughout projected as the chief...
  • There is no end in politics, says Kumaraswamy May 26, 2008

    Bangalore: Putting up a brave face following its poor performance in Karanataka Assembly elections, JD(S) on Sunday said the results did not mean the political end of the party. "In politics there is no end. Every time it will start from the beginning. In politics any person can win the hearts...
  • Central leadership questioned after Cong defeat May 26, 2008

    New Delhi: The Congress headquarters in Bangalore and the Capital wore a deserted look from the early hours of the morning. Perhaps, the party knew what was coming. Within three hours of the counting, the man who had been sent from Raj Bhavan in Maharashtra to lead the party's...
  • Poll defeat turns UPA into lameduck Govt | Lost battle May 26, 2008

    New Delhi: With every state election, the Opposition seems to be assuming more power, but now with a year left to go for the General Elections, the Manmohan Singh government is already turning into a lame duck. Manmohan Singh is a good Prime Minister, an able administrator but the only problem...
  • BJP for secular government, to induct Muslim minister May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday night said they would give a secular government in Karnataka and he would be inducting a senior Muslim leader into the government. The BJP veteran, who is likely to be sworn in on May 28, said he would stake...
  • Karnataka AG becomes first victim of BJP win May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: Karnataka's Advocate General BV Acharya on Sunday tendered his resignation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) all set to stake its claim to form the government in the state. Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who accepted Acharya's resignation, asked him to continue till alternative arrangements were made, an official press release...
  • Karnataka Poll: Lowest margin mere 20, highest 53,661 May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: It was a slip between the cup and the lip for Congress nominee Mohan Krishna Shetty in Kumta in Uttara Kannada District as he lost by a mere 20 votes to Janata Dal (Secular) Dinkar Keshava Shetty. S A Ravindranath of the BJP, however, got the highest margin of victory...
  • JD(S) rallies but Deve Gowda's future uncertain May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: The hardest hit by the mandate in Karnataka has been Deve Gowda's JD(S). The JD(S) tally slumped by more than 20 seats, dashing the party's hopes of exploiting a hung assembly and giving the humble farmer from Hardanahalli no chance to play kingmaker in Bangalore. With the BJP not requiring the...
  • BSP, SP, JD(U) fail to open account in Karnataka May 25, 2008

    New Delhi: As the results of the assembly elections in Karnataka came out, the state on Sunday saw the elephant stumble, the bicycle punctured and the arrow missing its mark. Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (whose party symbol is the elephant) came a cropper as did Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party, which...
  • Tables turned: Gowda battles irrelevance | Time to quit? May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in Karnataka has become all the more sweet as the Janata Dal (Secular) that took it for a ride last year has been decimated in the assembly poll. From claiming that it will be a kingmaker again, the JD(S) headed by former Prime Minister H...
  • Yeddyurappa likely to take oath as CM on Wednesday May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministry led by B S Yeddyurappa is likely to be sworn in Wednesday, party sources said on Sunday. The election process has to be completed by May 28 according to the schedule drawn up by the Election Commission. Yeddyurappa will be formally elected leader of the...
  • Yeddyurappa promises to take IT to rural areas May 25, 2008

    Bangalore: Triumphant Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerdesignate BS Yeddyurappa Sunday promised special attention to Bangalore to make it a worldclass city and to take IT and outsourcing industry to rural areas of Karnataka. Addressing a crowded press conference after the party emerged as the single largest party but missing the majority...