Politics of Karnataka

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The Politics of Karnataka is dominated by three major political parties, the Indian National Congress, the Janata Dal Secular and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Indian National Congress is in power in the state since May 2013. Siddaramaiah of the Indian National Congress Party is the current chief minister.

In National politics[edit]

Karnataka consists of 28 parliamentary constituencies from which 28 members of parliament get elected to the Lok Sabha. Several politicians and bureaucrats from Karnataka have served at the center at various times in different capacities. Deve Gowda, who hails from Hassan served as the Prime minister of India in 1996. C.K. Jaffer Sharief from Bangalore is a veteran Congressman and 9-time MP and former Minister of Railways of Government of India.B. D. Jatti from Bijapur served as the Vice President and also as acting President in the past. S.Nigalingappa was Congress I president.

2004 state election[edit]

The last elections in Karnataka held in 2004 led to extremely unusual results. For one, no party had enough seats to form a government on its own. Out of a total of 224 seats, the BJP won 79, the Congres 65 and the JD (Secular) 58. The only possibility was a coalition government and the two largest parties were politically not inclined to form a coalition. JD(S) President and former prime minister Deve Gowda decided to partner with the Congress to form a government just to keep the BJP out of the government. The coalition headed by chief minister N Dharam Singh (Congress) and Deputy chief minister Siddharamiah (of JDS) lasted till 2006. Deve Gowda's son HD Kumaraswamy, also of the JDS, brought in a new twist when he garnered support of 46 other MLAs and withdrew support from the Congress. Kumaraswamy struck a deal with the opposition party, the right wing BJP, to form an alternate government. The new coalition had HD Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister and B. S. Yeddyurappa of the BJP as deputy chief minister. Before forming the government, the two parties had entered into an informal power sharing agreement. They would enjoy chief ministership for a period of 20 months each (which would cover the time left for the next elections). This has created a unique situation where a government has been headed by three different political parties with no elections between them.

2008 state election[edit]

2013 state election[edit]

Civic organizations[edit]

There are several organizations like BPAC ( Bangalore Political Action Committee ) which help in the civic administration of Bangalore.[1] These organizations are formed by responsible citizens of India like Narayana Murthy (Founder of InfoSys ), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw ( Biocon ), Ms. Nooraine Fazal ( an Educationist ) etc. These organizations help in creating social awareness programs, forming transparency in governance, raise voice against corruption, funding for candidates and strive towards the welfare of Citizens.[2]


  1. ^ "BPAC - A civic organization launched for better governance". IndiaTimes. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "BPAC agenda for better city governance unveiled". New Indian Express. 

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