Since 1989, no incumbent government has come back to power in Karnataka. The Congress party and CM Siddaramaiah are optimistic about bucking that trend this election. Today, 12th May is the culmination of a long, hard-fought election campaign. Voting is underway in Karnataka, while results will be announced on the 15th of May.
The Congress' campaign for Karnataka was one that shone a light on its government's achievements in the last five years, with schemes that were aimed at benefitting citizens from all sections of society. Indeed, Karnataka has been a state of firsts, showing the way ahead for the country. The BJP, on the other hand, ran its campaign on lies, personal attacks, hate-mongering, diversionary tactics, digging up the past, and shameful polarisation. The Prime Ministers, many Union Ministers, and UP CM descended down upon the state, equipped with a bitter campaign. The BJP accused the Congress and CM Siddaramaiah of being "corrupt" while at the same time brazenly sharing the stage with their CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa who was jailed for corruption and the Reddy brothers, who scammed the people of Karnataka of Rs. 35,000 crores. But even PM Modi acknowledged CM Siddaaramaiah’s excellent work regarding job creation – Karnataka created the highest number of jobs in the country. While disagreeing with his Prime Minister, CM candidate Yeddyurappa even said that if elected to power, he would continue the good work done by the Congress party.
Replying to a tweet questioning whether Siddaramaiah, the son of a cattle grazer would be able to win against Modi, the CM replied that while he was told that history was against him, he was here to create history, not follow it.