With barely five days remaining for first phase of the elections to take place in Karnataka, campaigning by all parties is on in full swing. The big wigs have entered into the fray and since the past few days, they have been targeting constituencies in and around Bengaluru.
All parties see Bangalore Urban and Rural as a potential vote bank as the number of constituencies have gone up from 16 to 28, following the delimitation process. All parties have released a separate manifesto for Bengaluru and the rest of the state. The parties feel that treating Bengaluru and the rest of the state separately would only reduce the regional imbalance.
H D Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular, S M Krishna of the Congress and Mayawati, the supremo of the Bahujan Samaj Party, were all on the road in Bengaluru and its surrounding areas to woo the electorate. Each one had a different style and agenda.
Text: Vicky Nanjappa
Image: Mayawati at an election rally in Karnataka
Photographs: KPN Photos
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