Here are the strengths and weaknesses of political parties in fray in Karnataka for Assembly elections.
- Siddaramaiah has emerged as a powerful leader with no opponents.
- The CM’s welfare schemes, Anna Bhagya, Arogya Bhagya, Ksheera Bhagya, Indira Canteens have been a big success.
- Invoking Kannada pride and supporting the move of the state to have its own flag won him brownie points.
- The Amit Shah of Karnataka, the CM has successfully stitched together a social coalition — Ahinda (comprising backwards), Dalits and Muslims. He has tried to expand the base with his outreach to Lingayats.
- Anti-Incumbency, lack of coordination between government and party
- Corruption charges against senior ministers
- Too many camps and factionalism in the Congress
- Presence of former PM H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) as a possible spoiler in some parts.
- Projection of B S Yeddyurappa as CM candidate.
- A Lingayat face, the community may back Yeddyurappa.
- Stronger cadre presence; Allied saffron outfits can help by exploiting any unrest against “appeasement” Appeal of PM Modi.
- Corruption charge against Yeddyurappa; Congress calls him a “jailbird”.
- Factionalism between Yeddyurappa and KS Eshwarappa. Both hail from Shivamogga district.
- Has a weak and thin social base
- Over reliance on Modi.
JANATA DAL (SECULAR)
- Former PM HD Deve Gowda is today a spent force. But he still has the staunch support of fellow Vokkaligas and is a formidable force in the Old Mysore region.
- His son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is popular especially in rural areas and among the working class in the unorganised sector.
- Party’s alliance with BSP and Left parties.
- Efforts are on to rope in Telugu superstar Pavan Kalyan for campaigning which may increase party’s appeal among young voters.
- Party has been successful in evoking regional sentiments and it might appeal to a section of the electorate.
- The ‘left out’ feeling among Vokkaligas may help the party to consolidate its position in the Old Mysuru region.
- Known as Appa-Maga party – a father-son party
- No pan-Karnataka presence
- No tall leaders who can pull votes in North Karnataka and Coastal Karnataka
- No money power like Congress or the BJP.