Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, 2008

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Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, 2008
← 2004 May 10, 2008 (2008-05-10), May 16, 2008 (2008-05-16), May 22, 2008 (2008-05-22) 2013 →

All 224 Karnataka Legislative Assembly constituencies
113 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Yeddyurappa.jpg Siddaramaiah1.jpg Kumaraswamy.jpg
Leader B.S. Yeddyurappa Siddaramaiah H.D.Kumaraswamy
Leader's seat Shikaripura Varuna Ramanagara
Seats before 79 65 58
Seats won 110 80 28
Seat change Increase31 Increase15 Decrease30

Chief Minister before election

President's rule

Elected Chief Minister

B.S. Yeddyurappa

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly election of 2008 took place in 3 phases on May 10, May 16 and May 22, 2008 in all the 224 assembly constituencies in Karnataka, India. The elections were conducted to elect a Government in the state of Karnataka for the next five years. The votes were counted on May 25, 2008 and due to the use of electronic voting machines, all the results were out by the afternoon itself. The Bharatiya Janata Party emerged victorious winning 110 seats. Although the party fell short of a clear majority, it was able to form the government with the support of 6 independents. This was the first time BJP came to power on its own in Karnataka and in any south Indian state. [1][2]


In the 2004 Karnataka elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 79 out of the 224 seats. However, the Indian National Congress with 65 members and the Janata Dal (Secular) with 58 members formed a coalition government with Dharam Singh of the Congress as Chief minister. However in early 2006, the JD(S) withdrew its support to the government and instead formed an alliance with the BJP and H. D. Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) became Chief minister.[3] The arrangement was based on an agreement that H.D.Kumaraswamy would be the Chief minister for the first 20 months and B.S. Yeddyurappa of the BJP would be Chief minister for the next 20 months.

The alliance between the BJP and the JD(S) collapsed in October 2007 after H.D. Kumaraswamy refused to let Yeddyurappa take over as Chief minister as had been agreed upon in 2006. They briefly got together and formed a short lived government headed by Yeddyurappa in November 2007 but it quickly collapsed due to disagreements over power sharing. As a result, the state came under presidents rule and new elections were called for.[1]


The state was the first in India to vote after the electoral constituencies had been redrawn based on new population data.[2] Voting took place in three different phases on 10, 16 and 22 May.[1]

The BJP campaigned on the high rate of inflation and criticised the national United Progressive Alliance government for being soft on terrorism. The party called on the voters to give the party a chance in Karnataka. But the main election plank of the party was the betrayal of the JD(S) and the good budgets presented by Yeddyurappa when he was finance minister in the coalition government.[1] The Congress party pledged to reign in prices, improve the infrastructure of the state and provide stable government.[4]


e • d Summary of the May 2008 Karnataka legislature election results
Parties Flag % of Votes 2008 Seats 2004 Seats Seat change
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 33.86% 110 79 Increase 31
Indian National Congress Flag of the Indian National Congress.svg 35.13% 80 65 Increase 15
Janata Dal (Secular) 19.44% 28 58 Decrease 30
Others 11.57% 6 22 Decrease 16
Total (Turnout %) 100.0 224 224

List of elected members[edit]

Assembly Constituency Party Member[5]
Afzalpur Indian National Congress Malikayya V. Guttedar
Aland Janata Dal (Secular) Guttedar Subash Rukmayya
Anekal Bharatiya Janata Party A Narayanaswamy
Arabhavi Janata Dal (Secular) Balachandra Laxmanrao Jarakiholi
Arkalgud Indian National Congress A. Manju
Arsikere Janata Dal (Secular) K. M. Shivalingegowda
Athani Bharatiya Janata Party Laxman Sangappa Savadi
Aurad Bharatiya Janata Party Prabhu Chavhan
B. T. M. Layout Indian National Congress Ramalinga Reddy
Babaleshwar Indian National Congress M. B. Patil
Badami Bharatiya Janata Party Mahagundappa Kallappa Pattanshetti
Bagalkot Bharatiya Janata Party Charantimath Viranna Chandrashekharayya
Bagepalli Indian National Congress Sampangi N
Bailhongal Bharatiya Janata Party Metgud Virupaxi (Jagadish) Channappa
Bangalore South Bharatiya Janata Party M. Krishnappa
Bangarapet Indian National Congress M. Narayanaswamy
Bantval Indian National Congress B.Ramanatha Rai
Basavakalyan Bharatiya Janata Party Basavaraj Patil Attur
Basavana Bagevadi Bharatiya Janata Party Bellubbi Sangappa Kallappa
Basavanagudi Bharatiya Janata Party L. A. Ravisubramanya
Belgaum Dakshin Bharatiya Janata Party Abhay Patil
Belgaum Rural Bharatiya Janata Party Sanjay B. Patil
Belgaum Uttar Indian National Congress Feroz Nuruddin Sait
Bellary Bharatiya Janata Party B. Sreeramulu
Bellary City Bharatiya Janata Party Gali Somashekara Reddy
Belthangady Indian National Congress K. Vasantha Bangera
Belur Indian National Congress Y. N. Rudresh Gowda
Bhadravati Indian National Congress B. K. Sangameshwara
Bhalki Indian National Congress Eshwara Bhimanna Khandre
Bhatkal Indian National Congress J. D. Naik
Bidar Indian National Congress Gurupadappa Nagmarpally
Bidar South Janata Dal (Secular) Bandeppa Khashempur
Bijapur City Bharatiya Janata Party Appasaheb Mallappa Pattanashetti
Bilgi Bharatiya Janata Party Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani
Bommanahalli Bharatiya Janata Party M. Satish Reddy
Byadgi Bharatiya Janata Party Patil Sureshgoudra Basalingagoudra
Byatarayanapura Indian National Congress Krishna Byregowda
Byndoor Bharatiya Janata Party K. Laxminarayana
C. V. Raman Nagar Bharatiya Janata Party S. Raghu
Challakere Bharatiya Janata Party Thippeswamy
Chamaraja Bharatiya Janata Party H. S. Shankaralingegowda
Chamarajanagar Indian National Congress C. Puttarangashetty
Chamrajpet Janata Dal (Secular) B. Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan
Chamundeshwari Indian National Congress M. Sathyanarayana
Channagiri Bharatiya Janata Party K. Madal Virupakshappa
Channapatna Indian National Congress Ashwath
Chickpet Bharatiya Janata Party D. Hemachandra Sagar
Chikkaballapur Janata Dal (Secular) K. P. Bacche Gowda
Chikkodi-Sadalga Indian National Congress Hukkeri Prakash Babanna
Chikmagalur Bharatiya Janata Party C. T. Ravi
Chiknayakanhalli Janata Dal (Secular) C. B. Suresh Babu
Chincholi Bharatiya Janata Party Sunil Vallyapur
Chintamani Indian National Congress M. C. Sudhakar
Chitradurga Janata Dal (Secular) Basavarajan
Chittapur Indian National Congress Mallikarjun Kharge
Dasarahalli Bharatiya Janata Party S. Muniraju
Davanagere North Bharatiya Janata Party S. A. Ravindranath
Davanagere South Indian National Congress Shamanuru Shivashankarappa
Devadurga Janata Dal (Secular) K. Shivana Gouda Naik
Devanahalli Indian National Congress Venkataswamy
Devar Hippargi Indian National Congress A. S. Patil (Nadahalli)
Dharwad Bharatiya Janata Party Seema Ashok Masuti
Doddaballapur Indian National Congress J. Narasimhaswamy
Gadag Bharatiya Janata Party Bidarur Shrishailappa Veerupakshappa
Gandhi Nagar Indian National Congress Dinesh Gundu Rao
Gangawati Bharatiya Janata Party Paranna Ishwarappa Munavalli
Gauribidanur Indian National Congress Shivashankara Reddy N H
Gokak Indian National Congress Jarkiholi Ramesh Laxmanrao
Govindraj Nagar Indian National Congress Priya Krishna
Gubbi Janata Dal (Secular) S. R. Srinivas
Gulbarga Dakshin Bharatiya Janata Party Chandrashekhar Patil Revoor
Gulbarga Rural Bharatiya Janata Party Revu Naik Belamgi
Gulbarga Uttar Indian National Congress Qamar ul Islam
Gundlupet Indian National Congress H. S. Mahadeva Prasad
Gurmitkal Indian National Congress Baburao Chinchansur
Hadagalli Bharatiya Janata Party B. Chandra Naik
Hagaribommanahalli Bharatiya Janata Party K. Nemaraj Naik
Haliyal Janata Dal (Secular) Sunil V. Hegde
Hangal Bharatiya Janata Party Udasi Channabasappa Mahalingappa
Hanur Indian National Congress R. Narendra
Harapanahalli Bharatiya Janata Party G. Karunakara Reddy
Harihar Bharatiya Janata Party B. P. Harish
Hassan Janata Dal (Secular) H. S. Prakash
Haveri Bharatiya Janata Party Neharu Olekar
Hebbal Bharatiya Janata Party Katta Subramanya Naidu
Heggadadevankote Indian National Congress Chikkanna
Hirekerur Indian National Congress B. C. Patil
Hiriyur Independent D. Sudhakara
Holalkere Bharatiya Janata Party M. Chandrappa
Holenarasipur Janata Dal (Secular) H. D. Revanna
Homnabad Indian National Congress Rajshekar Baswaraj Patil
Honnali Bharatiya Janata Party M. P. Renukacharya
Hosadurga Independent Goolihatti D. Shekar
Hosakote Bharatiya Janata Party B. N. Bachhe Gowda
Hubli-Dharwad-Central Bharatiya Janata Party Jagadish Shettar
Hubli-Dharwad-East Bharatiya Janata Party Veerabhadrappa Halaharavi
Hubli-Dharwad-West Bharatiya Janata Party Bellad Chandrakant Gurappa
Hukkeri Janata Dal (Secular) Umesh Vishwanath Katti
Hungund Bharatiya Janata Party Doddanagouda G. Patil
Hunsur Indian National Congress H. P. Manjunatha
Indi Bharatiya Janata Party Dr. Bagali Sarvabhoum Satagouda
Jagalur Indian National Congress S. V. Ramachandra
Jamkhandi Bharatiya Janata Party Kulkarni Shrikanth Subbrao
Jayanagar Bharatiya Janata Party B. N. Vijaya Kumar
Jevargi Bharatiya Janata Party Doddappagouda Shivalingappagoud Patil Naribol
Krishnarajapuram Bharatiya Janata Party N. S. Nandiesha Reddy
Kadur Indian National Congress K. M. Krishnamurthy
Kagwad Bharatiya Janata Party Bharamgouda Alagouda Kage
Kalghatgi Indian National Congress Santosh S. Lad
Kampli Bharatiya Janata Party T. H. Suresh Babu
Kanakagiri Independent Shivaraj S/o Sangappa Tangadagi
Kanakapura Indian National Congress D. K. Shivakumar
Kapu Bharatiya Janata Party Lalaji R. Mendon
Karkal Indian National Congress H. Gopal Bhandary
Karwar Indian National Congress Asnotikar Anand Vasant
Khanapur Bharatiya Janata Party Pralhad Remani
Kittur Bharatiya Janata Party Marihal Suresh Shivarudrappa
Kolar Independent R. Varthur Prakash
Kolar Gold Field Bharatiya Janata Party Y. Sampangi
Kollegal Indian National Congress R. Dhruvanarayana
Koppal Janata Dal (Secular) Karadi Sanganna Amarappa
Koratagere Indian National Congress Dr. G. Parameshwara
Krishnaraja Bharatiya Janata Party S. A. Ramadass
Krishnarajanagara Janata Dal (Secular) S. R. Mahesh
Krishnarajpet Indian National Congress K. B. Chandrashekar
Kudachi Indian National Congress Ghatage Shama Bhima
Kudligi Bharatiya Janata Party B. Nagendra
Kumta Janata Dal (Secular) Dinakar Keshav Shetty
Kundapura Bharatiya Janata Party Halady Srinivas Shetty
Kundgol Bharatiya Janata Party Chikkangoudra Siddangouda Ishwaragouda
Kunigal Indian National Congress B. B. Ramaswamy Gowda
Kushtagi Indian National Congress Amaregouda Linganagouda Bayyapur
Lingsugur Bharatiya Janata Party Manappa Vajjal
Maddur Janata Dal (Secular) Kalpana Siddaraju
Madhugiri Janata Dal (Secular) Anita Kumaraswamy
Madikeri Bharatiya Janata Party M. P. Appachu Ranjan
Magadi Janata Dal (Secular) H. C. Balakrishna
Mahadevapura Bharatiya Janata Party Aravind Limbavali
Mahalakshmi Layout Indian National Congress N. L. Narendra Babu
Malavalli Independent P M Narendraswamy
Malleshwaram Bharatiya Janata Party Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan
Malur Bharatiya Janata Party ES EN Krishnaiah Shetty
Mandya Janata Dal (Secular) M. Srinivas
Mangalore Indian National Congress U. T. Khadar
Mangalore City North Bharatiya Janata Party J. Krishna Palemar
Mangalore City South Bharatiya Janata Party N. Yogish Bhat
Manvi Indian National Congress G. Hampayya Nayak Ballatgi
Maski Bharatiya Janata Party Pratap Gouda Patil
Mayakonda Bharatiya Janata Party M. Basavaraja Naika
Melukote Janata Dal (Secular) C. S. Puttaraju
Molakalmuru Indian National Congress N. Y. Gopala Krishna
Moodabidri Indian National Congress K. Abhayachandra Jain
Muddebihal Indian National Congress Appaji Channabasavaraj Shankararao Nadagouda
Mudhol Bharatiya Janata Party Govind M. Karjol
Mudigere Bharatiya Janata Party M. P. Kumara Swamy
Mulbagal Indian National Congress Amaresh
Nagamangala Indian National Congress Suresh Gowda
Nagthan Bharatiya Janata Party Katakdhond Vitthal Dhondiba
Nanjangud Indian National Congress V. Srinivasa Prasad
Narasimharaja Indian National Congress Tanveer Sait
Nargund Bharatiya Janata Party C. C. Patil
Navalgund Bharatiya Janata Party Shankar Patil Munenkoppa
Nelamangala Bharatiya Janata Party M. V. Nagaraju
Nippani Indian National Congress Kakaso Pandurang Patil
Padmanaba Nagar Bharatiya Janata Party R. Ashoka
Pavagada Independent Venkataramanappa
Piriyapatna Indian National Congress K. Venkatesh
Pulakeshinagar Indian National Congress B. Prasanna Kumar
Puttur Bharatiya Janata Party Mallika Prasada
Raichur Indian National Congress Syed Yasin
Raichur Rural Indian National Congress Raja Rayappa Naik
Rajaji Nagar Bharatiya Janata Party Suresh Kumar S.
Rajarajeshwarinagar Bharatiya Janata Party M. Srinivas
Ramanagaram Janata Dal (Secular) Raju
Ramdurg Indian National Congress Ashok Mahadevappa Pattan
Ranibennur Bharatiya Janata Party G. Shivanna
Raybag Bharatiya Janata Party Aihole Duryodhan Mahalingappa
Ron Bharatiya Janata Party Kalakappa Gurushantappa Bandi
Sagar Bharatiya Janata Party Gopalkrishna Beluru
Sakleshpur Janata Dal (Secular) H. K. Kumaraswamy
Sandur Indian National Congress E. Tukaram
Sarvagnanagar Indian National Congress K. J. George
Saundatti Yellamma Bharatiya Janata Party Mamani Vishwanath Chandrashekar
Sedam Indian National Congress Dr. Sharan Prakash Rudrappa Patil
Shahapur Indian National Congress Sharanabasappa Darshnapur
Shanti Nagar Indian National Congress N. A. Haris
Shiggaon Bharatiya Janata Party Basavaraj Bommai
Shikaripura Bharatiya Janata Party B. S. Yeddyurappa
Shimoga Bharatiya Janata Party K. S. Eshwarappa
Shimoga Rural Bharatiya Janata Party K. G. Kumarswamy
Shirahatti Bharatiya Janata Party Ramanna S. Lamani
Shivajinagar Indian National Congress R. Roshan Baig
Shorapur Bharatiya Janata Party Narasimha Nayak (Raju Gouda)
Shravanabelagola Janata Dal (Secular) C. S. Putte Gowda
Shrirangapattana Janata Dal (Secular) A. B. Ramesha Bandisiddegowda
Sidlaghatta Indian National Congress V. Muniyappa
Sindgi Bharatiya Janata Party Bhusanur Ramesh Balappa
Sindhanur Janata Dal (Secular) Nadagouda Venkatarao
Sira Indian National Congress T. B. Jayachandra
Sirsi Bharatiya Janata Party Kageri Vishweshwar Hegde
Siruguppa Bharatiya Janata Party M. S. Somalingappa
Sorab Bharatiya Janata Party H. Halappa
Sringeri Bharatiya Janata Party D. N. Jeevaraja
Srinivaspur Janata Dal (Secular) G. K. Venkata Shiva Reddy
Sullia Bharatiya Janata Party S. Angara
T. Narasipur Indian National Congress Dr. H. C Mahadevappa
Tarikere Bharatiya Janata Party D. S. Suresh
Terdal Bharatiya Janata Party Siddu Savadi
Tiptur Bharatiya Janata Party B. C. Nagesh
Tirthahalli Indian National Congress Kimmane Rathnakar
Tumkur City Bharatiya Janata Party S. Shivanna Sogadu
Tumkur Rural Bharatiya Janata Party B. Suresh Gowda
Turuvekere Janata Dal (Secular) M. T. Krishnappa
Udupi Bharatiya Janata Party K. Raghupathy Bhat
Varuna Indian National Congress Siddaramaiah
Vijaynagar Indian National Congress M. Krishnappa
Vijayanagara Bharatiya Janata Party Anand Singh
Virajpet Bharatiya Janata Party K. G. Bopaiah
Yadgir Indian National Congress A. B. Maalakraddy
Yelahanka Bharatiya Janata Party S. R. Vishwanath
Yelburga Bharatiya Janata Party Eshanna Gulagannavar
Yellapur Bharatiya Janata Party V. S. Patil
Yemkanmardi Indian National Congress Jarakiholi Satish Laxmanarao
Yeshvanthapura Bharatiya Janata Party Shobha Karandlaje


Although the BJP fell 3 seats short of getting an absolute majority, B. S. Yeddyurappa was able to become chief minister with the support of 6 independent members of the assembly. He was sworn in as Chief minister on 30 May 2008 along with a 30 strong Cabinet, which included 5 of the 6 independents who had agreed to back the BJP.[6] Jagadish Shettar was elected speaker on 5 June and a vote of confidence was passed by voice vote on 6 June after the opposition walked out.[7][8]


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