The battle lines have been drawn in Karnataka and leaders have hit the campaign trail.
Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party commenced their campaign while the Janata Dal-Secular is expected to start their programme to woo the voters in the next two days.
For the BJP, the two star campaigners were Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former Union minister Sushma Swaraj.
The Congress kickstarted its campaign in Bengaluru for the first phase of the elections, with their star campaigner, S
M Krishna leading the Congress pack.
S M Krishna, former chief minister of Karnataka, who was later made governor of Maharasthra, was brought back to Karnataka for these elections. Although he is not contesting the elections, he will campaign for the party.
He kickstarted the campaign for the Congress in Bengaluru.
Krishna offered prayers at a temple and then headed for Basavanagudi in Bengaluru where he addressed voters. He then headed for Ramnagar where, Ramkrishna Hegde's daughter Mamatha Nichani is taking on JD-S leader and former chief minister of state H D Kumaraswamy.
Text: Vicky Nanjappa
Caption: S M Krishna campaigning
Photograph: KPN Photos
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