Karnataka MP’s as Union Ministers – Bengaluru

Karnataka MP’s as Union Ministers – Bengaluru

Karnataka MP’s – 3 of the elected members made it as Union Ministers.  Three newly elected MPs from Karnataka took  oath as members of Union Council of Ministers, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 25 out of 28 seats in the state. It was their best-ever mandate.

They are D V Sadananda Gowda, who was a member of the Modi Cabinet earlier, Pralhad Joshi, a four-time MP from Dharwad and Suresh Angadi, four-time MP from Belgaum. 

Nirmala Sitharaman, who served as defence minister in the previous government, also inducted into Modi’s new ministry.  She represents Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. 

Karnataka MP –  Mr. Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda born 18 March 1953 to  Venkappa Gowda and Kamala of Mandekolu Village in Sulya taluk, Karnataka. His native village is close to the Kerala-Karnataka border.

He has served as the 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He previously served as the Minister of Kaw and Justice, having been shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha representing the Bengaluru North constituency.

Positions held by Sadananda Gowda :

  • 1983–1988 State Secretary, BJP Yuva Morcha, Karnataka
  • 1994–2004 Member, Karnataka, Karnaka Legislative Assembly ( 2 times)
  • 1995–1996 Member, Cell for preparing Draft Bill on Prohibiting atrocities on Women, Government of Karnataka.
  • 1999–2004 Deputy Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 1999–2001 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2001–2002 Member, Committee for Energy, Fuel & Power, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2002–2003 Member, Public Undertaking Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2003–2004 President, Public Accounts Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
  • 2006–2010 State President, BJP, Karnataka
  • 2006–2009 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2006–onwards Member, Sub-committee of the Department Related Parliamentary standing Committee on Commerce for Special Economic Zones
  • 2009 Elected to 15th Lok Sabha
  • 2011–2012 Elected as 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka
  • 2013 Elected as the leader of opposition of Karnataka Legislative Council
  • 2014 Elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Bengaluru North and took oath as Central Railway Minister
  • 2015-2016 Cabinet Minister – Law & Justice
  • 2016- 2019  Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation
  • 2019 Elected  to 17th Lok Sabha

Mr. Pralhad Joshi – MP from Dharwad :

Pralhad Joshi (born 27 November 1962) is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He represents the Dharwad constituency of Karnataka and is the Ex-President of the Karnataka state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He was part of the pool (as of 2014) which helps Lok Sabha Speaker by chairing the house proceedings when both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are not present.

Pralhad Joshi won the Dharwad Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 2,05,072 votes, defeating Congress’s Vinay Kulkarni, a former minister, in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls.

Positions held  by Pralhad Joshi :

  • General Secretary of BJP –  Dharwad unit in 1998 and its President in 1995.
  • Member of Parliament in 2004
  • In 2008 December he participated as a member of the Indian parliamentary delegation at the 63 Session of General Assembly and spoke on atrocities on women and children.
  • Member of Parliament in 2009
  • Participated as a member of the Indian parliamentary delegation in April 2012 and spoke on the need for a “genuine political settlement” to the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka.
  • Served as BJP Karnataka state unit General Secretary and went on to become its President in 2013.
  • Member of Parliament in 2014
  • Served as  chairperson of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas during 16th Lok Sabha
  • Member of various committees including- panel of chairpersons, Lok Sabha, Business Advisory Committee, and Committee on Ethics among others during 16th Lok Sabha.
  • He is also been the Member, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hubballi.
  • Member of Parliament in 2019.

Mr. Suresh Angadi –  MP from Belgaum :

Suresh Angadi, born 1 June 1955 to Smawwa and Chanabasappa Angadi is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha from Belagavi.

He completed his graduation from S.S.S. Samithi College of commerce in Belgaum. Later he also graduated in Law from the prestigious Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum. Before entering public life he used to run his own private business.

Positions held by Suresh Angadi :

  • Vice president of BJP – Belgaum district unit in 1996.
  • 2001 he became President of the BJP district unit.
  • In the 14th Lok Sabha he served on the committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, consultative committee on Finance and Human Resource Development.
  • In the 15th Lok Sabha, he served as a Member of the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, Joint Committee on Pension Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, Advisory Committee on Central Direct Taxes.
  • In 16th Lok Sabha, he was the member of House Committee on Petitions, Standing Committee on Defence, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs and Chairperson, Committee on House.

Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman  : Karnataka Rajya Sabha member :

Nirmala Sitharaman born 18 August 1959 to Savitri and Narayanan Sitharaman  served as the Minister of Defence of India since 2017 since 2017 and has served as Member of Rajya Sabha, since 2016.

Sitharaman is India’s second female defence minister. . She has served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Commerce and Industry with independent charge. Prior to that, she has served as a national spokesperson for the BJP.

Positions held by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman :

  • 2003-2005 – Member, National Commission for Women
  • 26 May 2014 onwards Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • 26 Nay 2014 – 9 November 2014 – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  • June 2014 Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • September 2017 – May 2019 Defence Minister of India.

Full list of Ministers who have taken oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Cabinet Ministers:

  1. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

      2.   Raj Nath Singh – Minister of Defence

      3.   Amit Shah – Minister of Home Affairs.

      4.   Nitin Jairam Gadkari  – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

       5.   D. V. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

      6.   Nirmala Sitharaman – Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.

      7.   Ramvilas Paswan –  Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

      8.   Narendra Singh Tomar – Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural

            Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.

      9.   Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and  Minister of  Electronics and Information Technology.

    10.   Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food Processing Industries.

    11.   Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

    12.   Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Minister of External Affairs.

    13.   Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ –  Minister of Human Resource Development.

    14.   Arjun Munda – Minister of Tribal Affairs.

    15.   Smriti Zubin Irani – Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.

    16.   Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences.

    17.   Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

    18.   Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.

    19.   Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.

    20.   Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority Affairs.

    21.   Pralhad Joshi – Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines.

    22.   Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey – Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

    23.   Arvind Ganpat Sawant – Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.

    24.   Giriraj Singh – Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

    25.   Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Minister of Jal Shakti.

List for Ministers of State (Independent Charge):​​​​​​​
  • Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and
  • Employment.
  • Rao Inderjit Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and
  • Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
  • Shripad Yesso Naik – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga
  • and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of
  • North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of space.
  • Kiren Rijiju – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports;
  • and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • Prahalad Singh Patel – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Raj Kumar Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Hardeep Singh Puri – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and
  • Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

List of Ministers of State:

1. Faggansingh Kulaste –  Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey – Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

3. Arjun Ram Meghwal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of

   State in  the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh – Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

5. Krishan Pal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

7. G. Kishan Reddy – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

8. Parshottam Rupala – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

9. Ramdas Athawale – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti – Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

11. Babul Supriyo – Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

14. Anurag Singh Thakur – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the  Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa – Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

16. Nityanand Rai – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

17. Rattan Lal Kataria – Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

18. V. Muraleedharan – Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the  Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

19. Renuka Singh Saruta – Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

20. Som Parkash – Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

21. Rameswar Teli – Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi – Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

23. Kailash Choudhary – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

24. Debasree Chaudhuri – Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Bengaluru LS 2019 results

Bengaluru LS 2019 results

Benaluru LS 2019 results are out. BJP has sweeped the Lok Sabha polls 2019 in Benglauru and also in Karnataka with 25 seats.

Bengaluru Central :

P.C.Mohan of BJP wins the seat again Rizwan Arshad of INC and Prakash Raj an Independent candidate from Benglauru Central. The Bengaluru Central segment was on the verge of slipping to Congress but swung in favour of BJP. This is P.C. Mohan’s hat-trick victory. It was a tough competition between Rizwan Arshad and P.C. Mohan.

P.C.Mohan – 601170 votes Won with a difference of 69974 votes

Rizwan Arshad – 531196 votes Lost with a difference of 69974 votes

Prakash Raj – 20073 votes

Bengaluru North :

Sadananda Gowda was often criticized by the oppostion for his ‘ppr’ performance and teased for his smiling face. Gowda effortlessly registered a resounding victory over his rival.

Sadananda Gowda of BJP sweeped against Krishna Byre Gowda who represented JD(S) from Bengaluru North.

Sadananda Gowda – 812915 votes won with a difference of 144743 votes

Krishna Byre Gowda – 668172 votes lost with a difference of 144743 votes

Bengaluru South :

Bengaluru South is a strong BJP bastion where Late Ananth Kumar won 6 times continuously. It was an astounding easy win for Tejasvi Surya of BJP in his maiden election against B.K.Hariprasad of INC from Benglauru South which was Late Ananth Kumar’s domain.

B.K.Hariprasad had lost the election 20 years ago in the same constituency. He was hoping of getting the seat from BJP.

Tejasvi Surya – 704243 votes won with a difference of 352228 votes

B.Hari Prasad – 352015 Votes lost with a difference of 352228 votes

Bengaluru Rural :

It was once again D.K.Suresh of INC from Benglauru Rural against Ashwath Narayan of BJP.

0D.K.Suresh’s accessibility by the public played a significant role in his victory.

D.K.Suresh – 877441 votes won with a difference of 207470 votes

Ashwath Narayan – 669971 votes lost with a difference of 207470 votes

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High voter turnout was recorded at Karnataka at 69% for the general elections 2019.

General Elections 2019 :

After a non-stop campaign for about a month, the remaining 14 seat out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State of Karnataka went to polls in the second and final phase on 23rd .  The battle lines outlined for a bipolar contest between the ruling coalition partners Congress-JD(S) and the BJP.

The Election Commission of India announced that the voting turnout was 68.6%. 

Record voting at Mandya :

Karnataka recorded 68.6% surpassing the previous best record of 67.6% recorded during General Elections 1999.

Mandya constituency broke all records.  Mandya  recorded 80% of voting.  The previous highest voting record was held by Dakshina Kannada at 77.15% in 2014.  In 1984 elections Mandya had polled 77.13%.

In the Second phase Chikkodi had the highest turnout with 71.79% while Raichur had the lowest with 53.30%

II Phase voting turnout :

The constituency-wise breakdown of turnout is as follows ;

Chikkodi  – 69.43%

Belgaum  –  58.72%

Bagalkot  –  65.77%

Bijapur  –  60.28%

Gulbarga –  53.74%

Raichur   – 56.90%

Koppal   –  63.43%

Bellary   –  63.40%

Haveri  –  63.22%

Dharwad  –  64.89%

Uttara Kannada –  69.38%

Davanagere  –  66.70%

Shimogga  –  68.65%

In the first phase on 18 April, 14 constituencies in the southern part of the state covering old Mysuru region and a couple of coastal districts had gone to the polls, recording an overall voter turnout of 68.81 per cent.

BJP – Manifesto – Lok Sabha Elections 2019

BJP – Manifesto – Lok Sabha Elections 2019

BJP (the Bharatiya Janata Party)  Manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019 is been released.    The BJP has been active in public sphere for decades guided by the ideological foundation laid down by Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee and carried forward by Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya through his mission of Antyodaya (Garib Kalyan) .

This document is a compendium of BJP’s promises and commitments that the party  make to fellow citizens who stand with the party  on the journey of development.

This vision document of BJP is the vision of an uninterrupted journey upon which the party had embarked with the blessings of the people in 2014. This vision document is BJP’s  plan of action for achieving the objectives and to fulfil the aspirations of every Indian.

Nation First :

  1. Zero-Tolerance Approach to Terrorism :  This is exemplified by the Surgical Strikes and the Air Strikes carried out recently.

National Security :

  • Strengthening of  Armed Forces
  • Self-reliance in defence sector
  • Welfare of Soldiers

Modernization of Police Forces :

  • Modernizing the Central Armed Police Forces to further  increase their capacity and readiness and enable them to effectively combat internal security challenges.
  • Providing assistance to the states to upgrade their police forces through the ‘Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces’.

Combating Infiltration :

  • There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment.
  • To undertake effective steps to prevent illegal immigration in the North-Eastern States.  A pilot project on the use of technology to strengthen border security  (Smart  Fencing) was implemented in Dhubri (Assam). Will implement this on all borders.

Reinforcing border security :

  • Focus on creation of developmental and other necessary infrastructure in border areas to ensure that border security is strengthened, and to enable increased participation of and benefits for border areas in the country’s development and progress.
  • Building six integrated check-posts with another under construction to facilitate easier trade and travel from the neighboring countries.  Easing  the movement of goods and people by constructing 14 more integrated check-posts by 2024. After  completion of all the proposed integrated check-posts, all trade movement with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will be conducted through the integrated check-posts.

Coastal safety :

  1. After effectively strengthening coastal security through implementation of a coastal security scheme to provide modern equipment and allocating funds to the states for establishing coastal police stations, establishment of National Committee for Strengthening Maritime & Coastal Security, Island Information System and National Academy of Coastal Policing.

Combating left wing extremism :

  1. Strong actions to reduce left  wing extremism to a very large extent and limited them to small pockets. We are committed to taking necessary and effective  steps against left  wing extremism to eliminate this menace in the next 5 years.  In the last 5  years, the party has focused on the development of economic and social infrastructure such as roads, mobile towers, schools and medical facilities in the tribal areas affected by left wing extremism and BJP will continue to make efforts in this direction.

Jammu & Kashmir – Article 370 :

  1. Necessary action  to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir through decisive actions and a  firm policy.  The BJP party is  committed to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial  resources to all the regions of the state. We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.

Doubling Farmer’s income :

At the very beginning of our current term, Prime Minister Modi embarked on a mission to double farmers’ income. We will make all efforts to achieve this goal by 2022.

Welfare of Farmers :

  1. Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to all – have launched Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to ensure financial support to farmers owning land up to 2 hectares. We will further  expand the coverage of the scheme to all the farmers in the country.
  2. Pension for small and marginal farmers – will launch a pension scheme for all small and marginal farmers in the country so as to ensure social security to them on reaching 60 years of age.
  3. Rs. 25 lakh crore investment in Agri-rural sector – are committed  to making an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector.
  4. Interest-free Kisan Credit Card loans – BJP will provide short -term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
  5. Voluntary enrollment in Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana –  Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has ensured risk mitigation and provided insurance cover for all farmers and will make enrolment of farmers under the scheme voluntary.
  6. Empowering Farmers through Policies – will work towards reducing all agricultural imports  and institute a predictable export  and import policy with a built-in mechanism for encouraging exports  and discouraging imports.
  7. Assurance of Quality Seeds – We will ensure timely availability of improved seeds of promising varieties at affordable  rates with doorstep testing facilities.

Development of Agri-allied sectors :

  • Oilseeds Mission – We will launch a new mission to achieve self-sufficiency  in oil seeds and other agri-products.
  • Warehouse Network across the Country – will build an efficient  storage and transport mechanism for agriculture produce
  • To ensure greater promotion and increase profitability under organic farming.
  • National Bee-keeping and Honey Mission:  will launch a National Bee-keeping and Honey Mission to ensure additional returns to the farmers and l double the honey production from the present 11,500 MT by developing infrastructural facilities and providing marketing support.

Expanding Irrigation in Mission Mode :

  1. The party has  completed work on the long-pending 31 irrigation projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana and work will soon be completed on the remaining 68 projects in phases up to December 2019. Continuing efforts to developing irrigation, will further  expand Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to realize 100% irrigation potential of the country within a defined  time-frame.
  2. BJP will bring one crore hectares agricultural land under micro-irrigation, this would be supplemented with ‘fertigation’ to promote judicious use of fertilizers.

Cooperatives :

  1. Recognizing the role of cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) can play in ensuring better  market linkages and opportunities in the agricultural sector and we are committed  to support  and strengthen them.
  2. BJP Will enable the creation of 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) by 2022 to ensure economies of scale for farmers regarding access to inputs and markets.
  3. To cater to the needs of big cities BJP will set up a mechanism of direct marketing of vegetables, fruits, dairy and fishery products through farmers’ cooperative organizations so as to ensure better price return to the farmers.

Convergence of Agriculture and Technology :

  1. BJP will create a mobile app based system for promoting the availability of agri-implements on rental/custom hiring basis.
  2. Will extensively use technology to ensure a better knowledge of the market prices of various agro-products for the benefit  of farmers.
  3. Will enable development of young agri-scientists to take advantage of Artificial  Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain technology, Big Data analytics etc. for more predictive and profitable precision agriculture
  4. View solar energy as an additional source of income for farmers and will encourage solar farming on a massive scale so as to enable the ‘Annadaata’(food provider) to become ‘Urja-daata’ (energy provider).
  5. Digitization of Land Records – On the lines of Aadhaar project, we will complete digitization of land records on a mission mode. We will implement second-generation land reforms to ensure title guarantee for the landholder and reduce land-related litigation. We will create a model law for conclusive titling (in consultation with states) promoting title guarantee and title insurance and work with States to implement this system.

Animal Husbandry :

  • Have given utmost importance to the dairy sector and have established Kamdhenu Aayog for the conservation of indigenous species of cattle. Will establish a network of mobile veterinary dispensaries to provide doorstep service to farmers.
  • Will roll out a model programme for periodic health checkup of all cattle and other domestic animals at the district level with the help of veterinary experts from the public and private sector.
  • BJP will expand the coverage of immunization and eliminate Foot and Mouth Disease and Brucellosis.
  • Will launch a National Feed and Fodder Mission to eliminate the shortage of fodder.

Fisheries – Blue revolution :

  • Will launch ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ with an allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores to ensure availability of storage and marketing tools and infrastructure like ice-boxes, cold storages, ice-plants etc. for small and traditional Fishermen.
  • BJP will promote aquaculture through easy access to credit.
  • Will facilitate farming of sea-weed, pearl as well as ornamental Fish to ensure a better return to the Fishermen.
  • Will bring all  Fishermen under the ambit of all welfare programmes and social security schemes with expanded coverage for accident insurance.

On the Path of Gram Swaraj :

  1. Saashray (Housing) – will ensure a pucca house to every family who are either living in a kuchha house or have no access to housing by 2022.
  2. Sujal (Drinking Water) – will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special program, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water connection to every household by 2024.
  3. Suchna se Sashaktikaran (Digital connectivity through Bharatnet) – will ensure that every Gram Panchayat is connected through a high speed optical ªbre network by 2022.
  4. Sadak se Samriddhi (Road connectivity) – will launch a massive ‘Rural Road Upgradation Programme’ to connect centres of education, healthcare centres, and markets with hinterlands to promote rural growth.
  5. Swachhata se Sampannata (Swachh Bharat Mission) – will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste water and reuse of waste water.

India as the World’s 3rd Largest Economy :

Roadmap for 5 trillion dollar economy :

  1. India was branded as ‘fragile  five’ in 2014. Within five years, we have turned India into a bright spot that is not only the fastest growing major economy of the world but also enjoys macroeconomic stability. We have already become the world’s sixth largest economy and will soon be among the top five. The party aspire to make India the third largest economy of the world by 2030. This implies that we commit to make India a US $ 5 trillion economy by 2025 and US $ 10 trillion economy by 2032.
  2. When compared to all governments post-1991, this government has delivered the highest rate of average GDP growth (7.3%) over the last five years and maintained lowest rate of average consumer inflation (4.6%). The consumer in action is presently at 2.6%. This has been achieved with lower fiscal deficits and significantly lower current account deficit as a percentage of GDP. Average fiscal deficit as a percentage of GDP during 2014-19 has been brought down to 3.7% from 5.4% during 2009-14. Reduction in fiscal deficit of this order implies less burden of debt on future generations by almost Rs.16 lakh crores. Average Current account deficit as a percentage of GDP during this government has been reduced to 1.5% from 3.3% during 2009-14.

Tax policy :

  • Economic policy has been guided by the principle of lowering the tax rate and improving compliance; thereby broadening of the tax base. With improved compliance and increased tax base, the tax to GDP ratio has reached 12%, highest in the recent past, up from 10.1% in 2013-14. This increased revenue has been deployed for benefits to the poor and creation of infrastructure at an unprecedented level. We will continue with our policy in the similar manner – lowering of tax rate thereby rewarding honest tax payers and improving compliance.

Goods & services tax

  • Goods and Service Tax (GST) has resulted in overall lowering of tax rates and increased revenue collection, particularly for States. When compared to base year of 2015-16, GST revenue for all states have increased by 50% in three years. We will continue with the simplication of GST process by engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders.

Promoting Yoga globally :

  • BJP will further  continue efforts  to promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day. We will promote Yoga as a vital method to achieve physical wellness and spiritual rejuvenation across the globe and will continue to work towards training of Yoga practitioners. We will undertake a rapid expansion of Yoga health hubs, Yoga tourism and research in Yoga.

Rs.100 lakh crore investment :

  • While social security net for the poor and farmers will be expanded, we will take up capital investment in the country to a new height. By 2024, we will make capital investment of Rs.100 lakh crore in the infrastructure sector. We recognize that investment driven growth requires cheaper cost of capital. By anchoring inflation at 4% and cleaning up our banking system we have created the space for structural reduction in the cost of capital. This will not only help infrastructure investment but investment also in the wider economy. Thus, new India will be built on the basis of investment driven growth.

Make in India :

  • With the aim of developing India into a knowledge based, skill supported and technology driven society, we have launched the ‘Make in India’ campaign. A beginning has already been made through our initiatives like Digital India, Startup India and Skill India. To bring in fast and inclusive growth, we have also carried out substantial reforms in the last few years in terms of de-regulation and delicensing, with an aim to improve ease of doing business. More than 90% FDI approvals are now through the automatic route. FDI has grown by almost 50% in the last five years. Similarly, implementation of One Nation, One Tax through GST has brought all businesses under single tax net.
  • Making India a global manufacturing hub – as the party position India as a global manufacturing hub over the next five years.

Micro, small and medium enterprises :

  • A special package was launched by the Government to boost the MSME sector. The Credit Guarantee Scheme of the Government of India is an important component wherein loans to MSME are guaranteed. Under this alone, the credit of around Rs.19,000 crore was achieved in 2017-18. Would aim to take this figure  to Rs.1,00,000 crore by 2024.
  • Technology access and upgradation are key elements in the MSME sector. The  government has taken a major step in expanding of ‘Technology Centres’ and would achieve more than 150 such centres all over the country by 2024. These Technology Centres would help in mentoring skilling and prototyping of MSMEs. They will expose MSMEs to Artificial l Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, Virtual  Reality, BlockChain technology and Zero Defect Zero Effect.
  • The Technology Centres, other skilling centres of MSMEs and NSICs incubation centres alone would provide focussed and high level skilling to more than 6 lakh people per year.
  • Welfare of Small Traders –
  • Will establish National Traders’ Welfare Board and create a National Policy for Retail Trade for the growth of retail businesses
  • To protect the interests of small traders, we will provide an accident insurance of 10 lakh rupees to all the traders registered under GST.
  • On the lines of Kisan credit card, we will also create a scheme to give merchant credit card to registered merchants.

Entrepreneurship & StartUps :

  1. To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth, we will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to 50 lakh for entrepreneurs. We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs.
  2. India is now among the largest Startup ecosystems of the world. Will further  strengthen this ecosystem by:
  3. Easing regulatory requirement for start-ups
  4. Targeting time spent for tax compliance at 1 hour per month
  5. Facilitating establishment of 50,000 new Startups in the nation by 2024
  6. Creating 100 Innovation Zones in Urban Local Bodies
  7. Selling up 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024
  8. Initiating ranking of Central Ministries, departments, State Governments and CPSUs for their increased engagement with start-ups and in bringing in innovation and newer technologies and global practices and skills.
  9. BJP will continue to promote and encourage Startups through creation of a ‘Seed Startup Fund’ of Rs. 20,000 crore.
  10. Will support entrepreneurial ventures started  by individuals from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Communities, or Economically Weaker Sections and take forward the ‘Standup India’ initiative.
  11. BJP will set-up new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme to provide Financial support to the micro, small and medium industries and for employment generation in the North-eastern state.

Using Tourism to Cluster Services :

  1. Within the services sector, tourism will be special focus because it brings together many different  service segments.
  2. Will identify special  places of cultural or natural importance  in order to develop them as comprehensive destinations instead of leaving them as isolated sites. This requires that we look at transpoĒ connection, heritage conservation, hotels, restaurants, entertainment  and other services in an integrated way. We will make an effort  to ensure that all these services interconnect. Therefore, the government will make sure that schemes/ agencies such as Swachh Bharat, ASI, forest department and local government work together with the travel and hospitality industry. All UNESCO heritage sites in India will be upgraded to international level facilities.
  3. The North  eastern states and our Island/coastal areas will be developed while being sensitive to conserving their ecological uniqueness. Similarly, places of cultural importance  will be developed while maintaining their unique heritage. As we have recently demonstrated by projects in Varanasi, an effort  will be made to upgrade these sites while being sensitive to their historical/cultural heritage.

Transparent economy :

  • Will continue our crackdown on Benami properties and illegal foreign bank accounts to benefit  honest taxpayers and the poor of the country. We will also expedite our actions to bring fugitive economic offenders back to India and prosecute them for their crimes.

International Trade :

  • BJP Will ensure faster customs clearance of international cargo by relaxing clearance procedures, introducing self-declaration etc and adopting new scanning technology. Will also provide adequate financial  and institutional support  for exporters and export organizations to build capacity and equip them with adequate information to ensure unhindered exports.

Infrastructure :

Foundation for New India :

  1. Will aim at next generation infrastructure which will include gas grids and water grids, i-ways, regional airports and way side amenities along National highways.
  2. BJP will continue the fast pace with more and more public and private investment and efficient  ground level management on building of infrastructure further  and to improve the quality of life and enhance the ease of living.
  3. In addition to ensuring efficiency in the economy this will also lead to creation of a large number of jobs and livelihood opportunities.

Ensuring Urban Development :

  • Through the development of infrastructure and connectivity, we will ensure the further  development of suburban townships and new urban centres.
  • Will set up five regional centres of excellence on urban issues. These centres will provide support  to states and local bodies on issues of urban governance and growth.
  • Urban Mobility –  will launch a National Urban Mobility Mission to provide technology based urban mobility solutions to all urban local bodies and increase the use of public transport , enhance walkability and cycle use. Under this mission, we will incentivize cities to integrate the public transport systems such as metro, local trains and local buses with the private service providers in the sector such as, private bus operator, private taxi operator, the auto-rickshaw, e-rickshaw services, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure for a seamless and smooth last mile connectivity. Will also promote a common mobility card/ ticketing across different rent modes of transport.
  • In the next five  years, will ensure that 50 cities are covered with a strong metro network.

Swachh Bharat Mission :

  • Have constructed over 9 crore toilets under our flagship program, Swachh Bharat Mission. Will take the Mission to a new level through sustainable Solid Waste Management in every village. Through the mission, we will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste through emphasis on faecal sludge management and reuse of waste water in rural, peri urban and unsewered areas.
  • BJP ill ensure that all habitations attain  open defecation free status and those that have retained the status sustain the behavioural change.

Jal Shakthi :

  1. Water is a critical resource but its management is spread across various departments, even at the Central level. We will form a new Ministry of Water unifying the water management functions to approach the issue of water management holistically and ensure better coordination of efforts. The Ministry will expeditedly take forward the ambitious program, conceptualized by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for linking rivers from different parts of the country and ensure a solution to the problems of drinking water and irrigation. We will initiate work on this program by constituting an authority.
  2. Will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special program, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water for every household by 2024.
  3. Will ensure sustainability of water supply through special focus on conservation of rural water bodies and ground water recharge.

Road Connectivity :

  1. In continuation to our existing milestone of constructing roads at an unprecedented pace, we will construct 60,000 kms of National Highways in the next five years.
  2. Will double the length of National Highways by 2022.
  3. Will complete the Phase-1 of Bharatmala Project expeditiously. We will also launch Bharatmala 2.0 project especially with a view to support  the states to develop state road networks connecting the interior regions to the main roads and to effectively leverage the economic potential and market opportunities of the concerned regions.
  4. BJP will bring in new technologies and designs in road construction, operation and maintenance.
  5. Want to become a world leader in e-mobility. 10,000 crores have already been allocated to launch a program for promoting clean energy and battery operated vehicles. We will further work on this front to ensure expansion of this new mobility experience.
  6. Have made all efforts  to make the experience of rail journey safe, smooth, clean and satisfying and have achieved great results. We will continue the pace of work in this regard and encourage private participation in the development of railway amenities and infrastructure and provision of services.
  7. Will ensure conversion of all viable rail tracks to broad gauge by 2022.
  8. Will make all efforts  to ensure electrification of all railway tracks by 2022.
  9. Will expand connectivity and experience of high speed trains and new version trains such as Vande Bharat Express across the length and breadth of the country in the next five years.
  10. Will complete the dedicated freight corridor project by 2022.
  11. BJP will launch a massive program for modernization of railway stations in the country.
  12. Will equip all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility by 2022.

Establishment of new airports :

  • In 2014 there were 65 functional airports and there are a total of 101 functional airports today. In the next five years, we will double the number of functional airports.

Coastal development :

  • Potential of coastal development for transportation, tourism and for economic upliftment of coastal communities has remained unexploited in the country. To exploit this potential fully, we have launched the Sagarmala program and will ensure speedy completion of the projects under this program.
  • Will double our port capacity in the next five years.
  • Will further encourage integrated development of coastal areas including coastal cities, coastal transport and coastal industrialization.
  • Will undertake the upgradation of infrastructure for connecting the coast and hinterland to ensure smooth transportation.
  • will continue to focus on development of inland waterways for shifting inland cargo movement from road and rail to water transport.

Energy :

  • Party had made a commitment to provide 24×7 electricity to all and the country has substantially attained the goal. All remaining villages have been electrified. Similarly, almost all remaining households have been provided with an electricity connection. Thus, we are near completion of our promise in a record time. We will further work towards completing any unfinished task in this regard.
  • Exceptional work has been done in adding to the electricity generated and in laying down of transmission lines and in putting up the nationwide transmission grid. With these milestone achievements, India can now claim that quantum of or access to electricity is no longer an issue.
  • India has become a global champion in addressing the issues of climate change through effective  and feasible interventions. We have achieved cumulative installed renewable energy capacity of 76.87 GW as on February, 2019 and are on track to achieve our goal of 175 GW by 2022. We will continue our efforts  in this regard and make it a popular movement. We will further make all efforts to invite other countries of the world to become members of the International Solar Alliance.

Digital Connectivity :

  • Every Gram Panchayat will be connected with high speed optical fibre network by 2022. Through village level high speed broadband services, we will provide a range of services such as telemedicine, tele-education and agriculture related advisories.

Health for All :

Making Healthcare Accessible :

  1. While providing annual health cover of Rs. 5 lakh to 10.74 crore poor families under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana under Ayushman Bharat, we also initiated a programme to set up 1,50,000 Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) by 2022. Till date 17,150 HWCs have become functional. We will take up the program of HWCs to next level. We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at these HWCs by 2022 to ensure quality primary medical care to the poor at his doorstep.
  2. BJP will create an essential devices list and a separate pricing policy for medical devices to ensure their accessibility and affordability to masses.

Strengthening Health Infrastructure :

  • With our initiatives, we have successfully reached the stage of ensuring one Medical College for every three Parliamentary Constituencies. We will take it forward and set up one Medical College or Post Graduate Medical College in every district, through public or private participation, by 2024. To start  with 75 such Medical Institutes will be set up by 2022. This would ensure availability and accessibility of quality secondary and tertiary medical care to the citizens across the diverse landscape of our country.
  • In a mere span of 5 years, we have increased the number of MBBS seats by 18,000 and that of Postgraduate Medical seats by 12,000. We would further  accelerate the pace of reforms in medical education sector so as to ensure transparency on one hand and improved doctor: population ratio on the other hand. With our efforts  we will double the number of MBBS and Specialist doctors in the country by 2024 as compared to the work done from 1947 till 2014. Further, we will also accelerate the reforms in para-medical education sector so as to increase the availability of nurses, pharmacists and other paramedical personnel.
  • Will also accelerate the reforms in paramedical education sector so as to increase the availability of nurses, pharmacists and other paramedical personnel.

Immunization and Nutrition :

  • BJP will endeavour to make the National Nutrition Mission a mass movement and strengthen infrastructure and capacity in all Anganwadis.
  • The Mission Indradhanush program has ensured full immunization of 3.39 crore children and 87.18 lakh pregnant mothers. Further, the annual increase in the rate of immunization has jumped from 1% per year to 6% per year. Continuing this pace, we will ensure full immunization coverage for all the children and pregnant women by 2022.

Eliminating Tuberculosis :

  • Tuberculosis claims more lives every year than any other infectious disease. As on today, more than 25 lakh citizens are suffering from TB while over 3 lakh persons die due to TB every year. The disease mainly affects  the poor and malnourished. We have rolled out a Special Mission to eliminate TB from India by 2025. We will ensure this becomes a success much ahead of the target given in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Good Governance :

Simultaneous Elections :

  1. The party is committed to the idea of simultaneous elections for Parliament, State assemblies and local bodies to reduce expenditure, ensure efficient utilization of government resources and security forces and for effective  policy planning. We will try to build consensus on this issue with all parties.
  2. Single Voter List – In order to ensure that every citizen gets the right to exercise his/her franchise for all public bodies and to avoid confusion created by multiple voter lists, we will strive to ensure a common voter list for all elections.

Corruption-free Bharath :

  • In order to curb corruption, the Modi government has taken many effective steps such as enacting the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act,2018, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act,2018, and the Benami Transaction Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 2016. We have eliminated inertia in the government by ensuring decisive actions under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and will continue to make efforts to ensure more effective governance and transparent decision making.

Civil Service and Governance Reforms :

  • To transform India into a developed nation, we need to work with the guiding principle of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance” and we will bring reform in the Civil Services and implement it in a manner to achieve the same. In order to ensure better implementation of policies and coordination, we will merge similar and complementary departments into sectoral ministries. This will allow policymakers to frame holistic and comprehensive policies on the one hand and ensure smooth implementation on the other.
  • BJP will continue to implement the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan in a focused manner to build the capacity of members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and ensure effective delivery of schemes at the grassroots.

Police reforms :

  • Police is the most basic and key functionary affecting the people’s life. An effective policing and peaceful law and order is the key to growth and development. Our present police and policing is based upon the colonial police force and there is a need to change and transform the police according to the challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, we will bring Police Reform. We will formulate a ‘Model Police Act’ in consultation with the States to have a pro-people citizen friendly police. This will take the Indian policing at par with its contemporaries anywhere in the world.

Judicial Reforms :

  • BJP will work towards simplifying procedural laws, encouraging mediation and strengthening judicial and court management system in order to increase accessibility.
  • Making India the centre of arbitration – We will increase the number of Alternative Dispute Resolution forums to ensure avenues for quick disposal of matters. Will also take all necessary steps to make India a hub of arbitration services.

International Financial Services Centre Authority :

  • In order to establish India as a hub of financial services, we will expedite the enactment of legislation for creating an International Financial Services Centre Authority which will put in place a robust regulatory framework. We will continue and further increase the ongoing incentives to expand digital transactions.

Implementing Cooperative Federalism Effectively :

  1. The party has  set an example of inclusive federal governance through steps such as the creation of NITI Aayog, establishment of the GST council and restructuring of central schemes in line with our pledge of cooperative federalism. We will continue to pursue this course by ensuring greater involvement of the states in all aspects of policy making and governance thereby strengthening federalism. We will also ensure implementation of the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendations.

Ease of Living :

  1. BJP will set up a committee for Easing Citizens’ Interactions with Government (CECIG) to work with experts in reforming citizen’s interface with Government across domains such as taxes, business compliance, rules and regulations for greater simplicity and ease.
  2. To empower citizens and ensure time-bound delivery of public services, we will explore every avenue to implement the Right to Service.

Science and Technology :

  1. The future belongs to Science and Technology and the use of technology for development of people. We will launch a new Science Mission for development of cutting edge technologies and future technologies with two submissions, specifically focused on (a) artificial l intelligence mission and (b) robotic research mission with the aim to leapfrog into the future world of cutting edge technologies.
  2. Our first agenda is our people. Today much of our S&T investment is in central institutions. We will aim to spread this to the 95% of students who attend state government institutions also. This will be done by investment from the government through a National Research Foundation in partnership with States. Industry investment in R&D will also be enhanced, in partnership with our network of national laboratories.
  3. Will launch a Language Translation Mission that will enable ready translation of English text in Science & Technology and humanities in any of our languages. This will take the best works, bilingually, to every student in the country.
  4. Will initiate a genome mission for human health that will bring the latest diagnosis and treatment to our entire population through frugal innovation.
  5. Will explore the diversity of our oceans, have a human crewed submersible going to the deepest oceans that will facilitate sustainable use of resources. With a thrust on non-fossil fuels, our research mission in this area will reduce imports and make India a leader in new technologies.
  6. The supercomputer, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Missions will make India not only Industry 5.0 ready but also a leader. The Swachh Bharat mission has transformed one side of Swachhata. Now we will get the latest technologies to transform Waste to Energy and Wealth in a major mission. We will also strive towards semiconductor manufacturing within the country.
  7. After  achieving unprecedented success through Mission Shakti, the party is committed to ensuring that ‘Gaganyaan’ successfully demonstrates scientific capabilities of executing a manned mission in space. We will start  the ‘National Program for Rapid Research in Socially Contextual Technologies’ to create research paths in desirable technologies and to manage financing of such projects in coordination with the private sector.

Forest and Environment :

  • Have ensured speed and effectiveness in issuing forest and environmental clearances for eligible projects due to which we have added around 9000 Sq. Kms to the forest cover of the country. We are committed  to maintaining this pace through adoption of cleaner practises to make our nation a greener country.
  • Have evolved technologically better strategies and devices to map the level of pollution in cities and rivers and have taken effective steps to reduce the level of pollution in major cities, including the national capital. Will convert the National Clean Air Plan into a Mission and we will focus on 102 most polluted cities in the country. Through concerted action, we will reduce the level of pollution in each of the mission cities by at least 35% over the next five years.
  • Have continuously protected and promoted the interest of forest dwellers particularly the tribal communities. We have endeavoured to provide basic amenities, such as roads, telephone connectivity and cooking gas connection in addition to houses and toilets, at the doorstep of people living in remotest forest areas. We are committed to continuing our work in this direction.

Protecting the Himalayas :

  • BJP will ensure the Himalayan States are provided special financial assistance in the form of a ‘Green Bonus’ to facilitate the protection and promotion of forests in those states.

Focusing on Island territories :

  • Have taken important steps such as establishing the Island Development Authority to ensure the overall development of the island regions. We will continue to focus on these areas given their economic potential and strategic importance.
  • Will preserve the unique identity of Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands and build a world class infrastructure compatible with the local ecosystem. We will focus on fully developing the potential of tourism in these islands to bring transformational improvement in the standard of living and income of the residents.

Focusing on Union Territories :

  • Will develop Union Territories as models of development and good governance, and ensure the highest quality of living, citizen services and infrastructure for the residents of Union Territories.

Development of Northern States :

  • Have ensured that the insurgency in the North-eastern States is brought under control and the security situation in these states improved significantly. We will leverage this situation to ensure accelerated development of the North-eastern states.
  • Will continue to focus on the development of infrastructure and improved connectivity in this region to ensure that the North-eastern states duly participate  in the economic progress of the country. We will continue to take the necessary steps to leverage the tremendous potential of hydroelectric, tourism, horticulture etc in the North-eastern states.
  • The party is committed to ensure that the unique linguistic, cultural and social identity of the North-eastern States is adequately protected and take steps to ensure the same.

Yuva Bharat – Tomorrow’s India :

Creating Opportunities for Youth :

  1. BJP will create new opportunities of employment by providing more support  to the 22 major ‘Champion Sectors’ identified as the main drivers of Indian economy. We will optimally leverage the untapped employment-generation of potential of sectors such as defence and pharmaceuticals to take advantage of the opportunities available in domestic and foreign markets.
  2. Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups- To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth.

Youth In Governance :

  • Engaging Youth with Society – To ensure increased participation of youth in our society.
  • Youth in Urban Governance – will support  a large scale internship program for the youth in urban local bodies, matching skills needed by the local bodies and providing the young with much needed understanding of urban issues.

Sports :

  • BJP will map state and district-wise sport  talent and strengths, recognize the traditional sporting  practices and focus on the promotion of special  sports  in special  regions.
  • The government has taken comprehensive steps to develop the culture of sports in the country through the ‘Khelo India’ scheme, and we will continue to provide adequate resources under this scheme to ensure the achievement of declared objectives. Under this scheme, special attention will be given to encourage sporting  talent among women and tribals.
  • In order to further promote sports will introduce practical sports  courses as part  of the educational curriculum and also establish a National Sports  Education Board for the development of sports persons.
  • Will support the creation of a mini-stadium in each sub-district, with the participation  of state governments, to encourage sports and to make sporting infrastructure available in the rural areas.
  • Will formulate a mechanism to ensure that the capacity of existing sporting infrastructure is easily accessible for use of sports persons and new models including PPP will be explored to ensure maintenance and management of such assets.
  • Will promote the Fit India campaign as an integral part of building a culture of sports in India and will consistently undertake necessary steps to encourage broader awareness and participation in the campaign.

Education for All :

Primary and Secondary Education :

  1. Having achieved access and equity in school education, our emphasis will now be on quality of learning. Have already identified learning outcomes for various classes and our priority in the next five years will be to ensure that children achieve these learning outcomes. Will focus on teachers training and capacity building as a key factor in achieving these learning outcomes.
  2. We consider it our duty to provide a conducive environment for talented children in our country to facilitate them to unleash their talent. For this, we will initiate a ‘Prime Minister Innovative Learning Program’ to bring together such children for a certain period in a year in one place from all over the country and provide them with facilities and resources for them to excel. This would instill a culture of lateral thinking and innovation among them.
  3. BJP will establish National Institutes of Teachers’ training. These institutions would provide four-year integrated courses that would set the standards for quality teachers in our schools. We will also motivate States to replicate this model as it is our firm belief that quality teachers lay the foundation of quality learning.
  4. We are committed to using technology in classrooms and in imparting education.  Will move ahead to provide smart  classes to our children in schools. To begin with, we will initiate this process in the secondary classrooms.
  5. Kendriya Vidayalalas and Navodaya Vidayalas have done yeoman service in the field of school education. In order to cater to the demands of more such schools, we aim to open another 200 such schools by 2024.

Higher Education :

  • BJP will take all necessary steps to increase the number of seats in Central Law, Engineering, Science and Management institutions by at least 50% in the next five years. We will also motivate States to accordingly increase the number of seats in State institutions.
  • We have given due emphasis to on-line courses as a medium of delivering education in the last five years. We will take it to the next level and make it a major resource for imparting higher education.
  • While we have world-class Technology, Science and Medical institutions, the same needs to be replicated in other areas. We will set up an Arts, Culture and Music University with a focus on fine arts such as music and dance. We will also open a state-of-the-art Hospitality and Tourism University and a Police University. States will be encouraged to establish similar institutions of excellence.
  • BJP will relook the role of existing regulatory institutions’ and make necessary changes in the legislation to ensure a regulatory overhaul. We will formulate new regulatory mechanism to provide autonomy to quality institutions and focus towards setting national standards. It will work towards promoting excellence and quality learning in higher education while providing academic and functional autonomy to institutions.
  • In the past five years, our emphasis has been on quality higher educational institutions and Institutions of Eminence have been a step in that direction. We will take it forward in the next five years and create 50 such institutions by 2024.
  • In the past 5 years, a number of our institutions have figured in the top 500 institutions of the world. We will encourage academic institutions towards excellence and motivate more such institutions to rank among the top 500 institutions of the world.
  • BJP will consciously promote a program for ‘Study in India’, which will focus on bringing foreign students to study in higher educational institutions in our country and make India a major destination for education for foreign students.
  • To ensure innovation and quality research, we will incentivise the industry to collaborate with our scientific labs and technological institutions, to undertake research in cutting-edge technology and science.
  • Have launched the ‘National Digital Library of India’ and provided access to e-books and many other papers to the students free-of-cost. To further promote a research-orientation in our higher education institutions, we will take it forward by providing access to leading journals free of cost to the students.

Skill Development :

  1. BJP will formulate a ‘National Policy for Re-skilling and Up-skilling’ to evolve a flexible and industry responsive workforce which is capable of accessing new opportunities and to insulate it from technological shocks.

Women Empowerment :

Women-led Development :

  1. The gains made under our pioneering ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ program have been impressive. We are committed to continue to build on these gains to provide accessible and affordable quality education to all women. We will ensure that ample financial support  is available to girls through out their education and subsidized education loans are provided for higher education.
  2. During the last five years, we have focused on ensuring a safe and dignified life and access to basic resources for women through various schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Saubhagya. In the next 5 years, to ensure financial empowerment among women in rural and semi-rural areas and create better employment opportunities for them, we will make every effort to ensure access to credit and other resources, capacity building, market and distribution network for women entrepreneurs, SHGs and women farmers.
  3. We are committed to make women equal partners in and equal beneficiaries of the progress and prosperity of the nation and will formulate a comprehensive ‘Women in Workforce’ roadmap focused on dramatically increasing the female workforce participation rate over the next five years. We will also encourage industries and corporates to generate better employment opportunities for women.
  4. To ensure greater participation of women in the workforce, it is necessary to enable them to continue in the workforce by providing support for child care. Our government has already made it mandatory for any establishment with 50 or more employees to have the facility of a creche. We will now strengthen the creche program with special focus on the needs of parents employed in the unorganized sector to provide crèche and child care facilities by leveraging the existing Anganwadis, civil society organisations and the private sector. We will ensure that the number of childcare facilities is increased three fold by 2022.
  5. To generate better work opportunities for women, 10% material to be sourced for government procurement will be done from MSMEs having at least 50% women employees in their workforce. This will cover various import  substitution items including, but not limited to, apparel, leather, paper and wood, articles, stone items like idols, etc, plastic and rubber items, furniture, clocks, toys etc.

Ensuring equal rights :

  • Have determinedly taken substantive measures to ensure overall development of women and promote gender equality. Continuing our work, we will legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as Triple Talaq and Nikah Halala.

Ensuring a dignified life for women :

  • Continuing our efforts to ensure safe motherhood through schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Matritva Suraksha Abhiyaan and Ayushman Bharat, we will focus on ensuring good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women.
  • The government has launched a major initiative on malnutrition by launching the POSHAN Abhiyan. We will reduce the malnutrition level by at least 10% in the next five years, doubling the rate of reduction of malnourishment.
  • BJP will ensure that all reproductive and menstrual health services are easily available to all women across India and with the expansion of ongoing Suvidha scheme, sanitary pads at an affordable cost of just Rs. 1 will be provided to all women and girls.
  • Have very significantly increased the honararium of ASHA and Anganwadi workers. We will increase the coverage of Ayushman Bharat to include all Anganwadi workers and ASHA workers to ensure improved health and social support  system for these frontline workers.
  • Women’s security will be given more priority. We have constituted the Women’s Security Division in the Home Ministry, and have made strict provisions for transferring the laws in order to commit crimes against women, in particular in a time-bound investigation and trail for rape. In such cases, forensic facilities and fast track courts will be expanded to bring convicts to justice.
  • To create a positive atmosphere for women, promote gender justice and create awareness on issues related to women, gender sensitisation courses will be made an essential part of all educational institution’s curriculum and training modules of public offices.
  • We are committed to ensure the welfare of widows of defence personnel who were killed in action. We will formulate a dedicated program for the creation of work opportunities, provide skill training and strengthen social security mechanism for widows of our Martyrs.

Reservation for women :

  1. Women’s welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.

Inclusive Development :

Ensuring Justice for All :

  1. Are committed to ensure benefits of constitutional provisions of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward classes. We will ensure that proper representation and opportunities are available for these sections.
  2. Have decisively ensured that the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society who belong to the non-reserved category are represented and have access to government jobs and higher education through the 10% EWS reservation which was long overdue. We will implement the law in the same spirit while ensuring that SCs, STs and OBCs continue to have their fair representation.

Strengthening ‘Sabkha vikas’ :

  • To ensure that quality education is available and easily accessible, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons will have an Eklavya Model Residential School. Eklavya Schools will be at par with Navodaya Vidyalayas and besides providing state of the art training in sports and skill development, these schools will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture.
  • Continuing our efforts to promote social and political empowerment, we will ensure that the rights of all forest dwellers are fully protected.
  • BJP will make adequate provisions for personal safety equipment and accelerate the adoption of mechanized cleaning to ensure occupational health and safety for Safai Karamcharis.
  • BJP will establish 50,000 ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendras’ in the tribal areas of the country to ensure the availability of primary processing and value addition for forest produce and to provide employment for tribals and increase tribal income.

Ensuring welfare of poor :

  • Are committed to bringing down the percentage of families living below the poverty line to a single digit in the next five years.
  • BJP will ensure pucca houses for families either living in kuchha houses or without access to housing by 2022.
  • Have been successful in extending the food security cover to over 80 crore people from poor and lower-middle-income families who are receiving food grains (wheat/rice/coarse grains) at highly subsidized prices. We will further widen this cover to provide subsidized sugar (at Rs. 13 per kg per family per month) to these 80 crore families in line with our moto ‘Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas’.
  • The unprecedented success of the Jan Dhan Yojana has dramatically improved ªnancial inclusion in India. We will take further steps to ensure access to bank branches, payment banks and banking correspondents by creating a new data-sharing framework that builds on the success of Jan Dhan and Aadhaar platforms while ensuring data privacy and security. With this scheme, we will ensure that every Indian has access to banking facilities within a radius of 5 km. We will also launch a technology enabled program for broader financial literacy by complementing financial literacy with mass media campaigns to provide information on financial products and their use to enable effective participation of every Indian in the financial system.

Responsive to the Needs of Aspirational Middle Class :

  1. After providing major tax relief in the recent budget, we are committed to further  revise the tax slabs and the tax benefits to ensure more cash and greater purchasing power in the hands of our middle income families.
  2. BJP will make all efforts to ensure that our aspirational middle class has access to education, employment opportunities and suitable urban infrastructure for a better quality life.

Commitment to Geographical Equity :

  1. Inclusive development also means inclusion by geography. To this end, our Government has identified 115 aspirational districts that are being given special attention. We intend to continue with this effort to ensure that these districts catch up with the rest of the country. Similarly, we have already laid the foundation for economic and social progress of Eastern India through improved connectivity, construction of high impact infrastructure projects and provision of adequate financial resources. We intend to continue our efforts  to resolve the geographical imbalance of the said region and ensure that Eastern India is an equal participant in the progress and growth of the nation. In PM Modi’s words, this is ‘Purvoday’ (Rise of the East).

Development with Dignity for the Minorities :

  1. Are committed to the empowerment and ‘development with dignity’ of all minorities (Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis etc ).

Caring for the Elderly :

  1. BJP will strengthen the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana to ensure that poor senior citizens in need of aids and assistive devices receive them in a timely manner.
  2. To take forward the gains achieved under Sugamya Bharat, we will put in place a system of continuous accessibility audits and ratings for cities, public infrastructure including airports, railway stations and public transport  systems, to ensure that they are fully accessible, with collaboration with industry and civil society organisations.
  3. BJP will prioritize Divyang beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and mandate accessibility benchmarks to be met in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
  4. Anganwadi and pre-school system will be strengthened to ensure that cases of disabilities are detected at an early stage.
  5. Will offer higher interest rates on fixed deposits by divyangs.

Political resolution on the matter of Gorkha :

  • BJP will recognise the 11 left  out Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes. We are also committed to implement the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
  • Are committed to work towards finding a permanent political solution to the issue of Darjeeling Hills, Siliguri Terai and Dooars region.

Ensuring welfare of the Labour Force :

  • Under our government, there has been a 42% growth in the National Minimum Wage. We will maintain the same direction over the next five years to ensure a respectable living for the workers.

Pension Scheme for all Small Shopkeepers :

  • BJP will expand the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme to cover all small shopkeepers.

Ensuring Welfare of Artisans :

  • BJP will create an umbrella scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kalanidhi Yojana’ to allow flexible and customized packages of credit, working capital and social security options to provide comprehensive support to traditional arts.

Protecting Our Children :

  • BJP will formulate a comprehensive Child Protection Framework to facilitate the setting up of standards and robust inspection and monitoring of child care institutions across India.

Empowering Transgenders :

  • Are committed to bring transgenders to the mainstream through adequate socio-economic and policy initiatives.
  • Will ensure self-employment and skill development avenues for transgender youth.

Cultural Heritage :

Since inception, the philosophy of the BJP is anchored in the civilisztional ethos of India. As we build ‘New India’, we intend to actively invest in strengthening our cultural roots and preserving civilizational continuity. Far from seeing our cultural values as hurdles to progress, we see them as essential ingredients of our future.

Ram Mandir :

  1. We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary efforts to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Conserving Bharatiya Faith and Culture :

  • Are committed  to conserve and promote all culturally, religiously and spiritually significant heritage sites related to every faith in India and the ongoing PRASAD scheme will be expanded to achieve this goal.

Conserving Bharatiya Linguistic Culture :

  • BJP will constitute a National Task Force to study the status of all written and spoken languages and dialects in India. We will also work towards revival and promotion of vulnerable or extinct dialects and languages.
  • With a focused effort  on promotion of Sanskrit, we will ensure that the teaching of Sanskrit is expanded and popularized at the school level. We will also provide 100 Panini fellowships to researchers and scholars across India to promote research in Sanskrit.

Namami Gange: A matter of Pride :

  • Are committed to ensure a clean and uninterrupted flow of river Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar. We will ensure that the sewerage infrastructure to deal with 100% of the waste water from the Ganga towns is completed and is functioning effectively, and take steps to enhance the river flow.
  • The villages located on the banks of the river, which are already open defecation free, will be taken up under a special project to ensure complete sustainable management of solid and liquid waste.

Sabarimala :

  • BJP will undertake every effort  to ensure that the subject of faith, tradition and worship rituals related to Sabarimala are presented in a comprehensive manner before the Hon’ble Supreme Court . Will endeavour to secure constitutional protection on issues related to faith and belief.

Promoting Yoga Globally :

  • BJP will further continue our effort  to promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day. We will promote Yoga as a vital method to achieve physical wellness and spiritual rejuvenation across the globe and will continue to work towards training of Yoga practitioners. We will undertake a rapid expansion of Yoga health hubs, Yoga tourism and research in Yoga.

Bharatiya Cultural Festival

  • An International Cultural Festival will be organised on a grand scale every year in 5 different states to showcase and promote the rich diversity of Indian culture and efforts  will be made for greater participation of Pravasi Bharatiya population and international community.

Dharohar Darshan :

  1. To increase accessibility and promote all culturally and historically significant heritage sites and museums in India, we will launch a web-enabled virtual tour of all such locations through ‘Dharohar Dharshan-an integrated web portal’. Eliminating the geographical boundaries, the portal will provide real-time experience of Indian cultural heritage, accessible from any corner of the globe.

Uniform Civil Code :

  1. Article 44 of the Constitution of India lists Uniform Civil Code as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.

Foreign Policy :

We believe that India’s time has come. She is emerging as a power and connecting stakeholders in a multi-polar world. The rise of India is the new reality and we shall play a major role in shaping global agenda in the 21st century..

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ :

  1. While pursuing our national developmental and security interests, the ancient Indian vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ will form the basis in our global co-operation for progress, prosperity, peace and security, especially with friendly countries and neighbours. Besides working to secure and safeguard ‘global commons’, we will strengthen our role as ‘first responder’ for disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and develop partnerships for disaster resilient infrastructure.

Global Coordination on Knowledge and Technology :

  • BJP will make knowledge exchange and transfer of technology for the development of all countries a major focus of our diplomatic relations. As a part of this, we will endeavour to create an ‘International Space Technology Alliance’ for better coordination and cooperation on issues related to space technology to ensure that the benefits of space technology reach all, especially the smaller countries.

Continuous Dialogue with Indians Living Abroad :

  • BJP will create an institutional mechanism to deepen the relationship of culture and heritage with people of Indian origin, and to regularly engage with them. We will simultaneously launch ‘Bharat Gaurav’ campaign to increase interaction among the Indian diaspora and enable their continuous engagement with the Indian missions. We will strengthen the MADAD portal as single-point avenue for information and services for Indians living abroad.

Combating Terrorism through Global Forums :

  • We are committed to taking concrete steps on international forums against countries and organizations supporting terrorism, and we will take all necessary measures to isolate such countries and organizations on the global stage. To ensure the same, we will work towards establishing a ‘Comity of Nations Against International Terrorism’ as a voluntary multi-lateral forum based on the principles of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

Deeper Multilateral Co-operation :

  • BJP will effectively pursue co-operation against global evils, such as terrorism and corruption through forums like UN, the G20, BRICS, SCO, Commonwealth, etc. Significant interactions such as Russia-India-China (RIC) and Japan-America-India (JAI) will be strengthened. To forward our ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, we will extensively leverage forums such as BIMSTEC, to accelerate regional coordination and economic co-operation with countries in our neighbourhood. Act East Policy, cooperation with ASEAN and ensuring an open, inclusive, prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific will be pursued vigorously.

Permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council :

  • We are committed  to seeking permanent membership of the United Nation Security Council so that the body reacts the contemporary geopolitical realities of the world. We are determined to intensify our efforts  towards these objectives.

Strengthening the Diplomatic Cadre and Outreach :

  • BJP will increase the strength of the diplomatic and allied cadres to keep pace with our increasing global engagement and enhanced stature of India in the world. In addition, we will facilitate the participation of experts in foreign policy-making through a robust mechanism. We will establish a full- fledged University of Foreign Policy, the first of its kind in the region, to focus on academic study and research on foreign policy and geopolitical issues relevant to India and capacity building of our and friendly foreign diplomats. India’s states will be actively assisted in their international outreach for economic development.

75 Milestones for India @ 75 :

Agriculture :

  1. Achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
  2. Enable the creation of 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organizations.
  3. Ensure adequate market avenues for the realization of MSP through e-NAM, GrAMs and Pradhan Mantri AASHA Yojana.
  4. Work towards ensuring that maximum farmers get income support  under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
  5. Launch a pension scheme for small and marginal farmers to ensure social security under  60 years of age.
  6. Work towards completing all irrigation projects under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana
  7. Provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs 1 lakh at 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
  8. Increase the cropped area under irrigation.
  9. Work towards digitizing land records
  10. Strive to ensure all-weather connectivity for every village.
  11. Work towards assisting the maximum number of fishermen  by ensuring the availability of storage and other infrastructure under a new ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’
  12. Ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste and reuse of waste water.

Youth and Education :

  1. Aim to cover all the secondary schools under Operation Digital Board.
  2. Enable investment of Rs 1 lakh crore in higher education through Revitalising of Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE).
  3. Work towards increasing the number of seats in premier management institutes.
  4. Work towards increasing the number of seats in premier engineering institutes.
  5. Work towards increasing the number of seats in premier law institutes.
  6. Establish at least one Atal Tinkering Lab in every block.
  7. Under a new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme, provide financial  support to MSMEs and for employment generation in northeastern states.

Infrastructure :

  • Ensure a pucca house to every family.
  • Ensure the LPG gas cylinder connection to all poor rural households.
  • Ensure 100% electrification of all households.
  • Ensure every citizen has access to a bank account.
  • Ensure a toilet in every household.
  • Ensure access to safe and potable drinking water for all households.
  • Complete Phase-1 of Bharatmala Project expeditiously
  • Double the length of national highways.  Ensure 100% waste collection under Swachh.
  • Bharat Mission to achieve ODF+ and ODF++ in cities and villages.
  • Ensure ODF status for all villages and cities.
  • Achieve 175 GW of renewable energy capacity.
  • Strive to achieve 10% blending of ethanol in petrol.
  • Connect every Gram Panchayat with high speed optical fibre network.
  • Ensure the supply of piped cooking gas in major Tier 1 and 2 cities.
  • Form a new Ministry of Water unifying the water management functions. This will help approach the issue of water management holistically and ensure better co-ordination of effort.
  • Aim to increase the number of operational airports to 150 for better air connectivity.
  • Increase port capacity to 2,500 MTPA.

Railways :

  • Ensure conversion of all viable rail tracks to broad gauge by 2022.
  • Make all efforts to ensure electrification of all railway tracks by 2022.
  • State developing small railway stations across India.
  • Work towards equipping all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility.
  • Complete the dedicated freight corridor project by 2022.

Health :

  • Establish 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat.
  • Start setting up 75 new medical colleges/ postgraduate medical colleges.
  • Target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at all health and wellness centres to ensure quality primary medical care to the poor at their doorstep.
  • Work towards increasing the number of childcare facilities threefold.
  • Ensure a drastic reduction in cases of tuberculosis.
  • Increase the doctor-population ratio to 1:1400.
  • Under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, aim to reduce the malnutrition level as well as accelerate the rate of reduction of malnourishment.

Economy :

  • Further improve India’s rank in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking.
  • Work towards improving GDP share from manufacturing sector.
  • Work towards doubling the total exports.
  • Establish National Traders’ Welfare Board and create a National Policy for Retail Trade for the growth of retail business
  • Work towards creating a single-window compliance and dispute resolution mechanism for MSMEs
  • Strive to ensure reduced tax rates, higher tax collection and greater compliance. Work towards ensuring a stable taxation regime.
  • In order to incentivise compliance of law and ease of doing business, amend the
  • Companies Act to impose civil liability for technical and procedural defaults of a minor nature, thus unclogging the majority of cases from courts.

Good Governance :

  • Ensure the availability of banking services within 5 kms of every individual.
  • Achieve complete digitization and modernization of courts.
  • Promote and increase digital transactions.
  • Ensure end-to-end digitization of government processes.
  • Enable digital delivery of government services.
  • Work towards substantially reducing the current levels of air pollution.
  • Work towards completely eliminating crop residue burning to reduce air pollution.
  • Put an Indian in space in an Indian spacecraft as part of ‘Gaganyaan’ mission.

Inclusive Development :

  • Ensure full immunization coverage of children.
  • Strive to make all government buildings accessible.
  • Ensure the completion of six Tribal Freedom Fighters Museums.
  • Work towards completing the development of ‘Panchteerth’ circuit.
  • Expand the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme to cover all small shopkeepers.
  • Ensure comprehensive social security coverage for all unorganized labourers including insurance, pension etc

Women :

  • Work towards increasing female workforce participation rate.
  • Ensure justice for Muslim women by enacting the law against triple talaq.
  • Achieve the goal of Clean Ganga by 2022.
  • Complete the development of all projects under Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD and HRIDAY schemes.
  • Work towards digitization of collections in all national museums.

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – is offering discounts to voters on food at city’s hotels on April 18 and 23.   If you are interested in getting discount on food just get your finger inked.

Besides awareness programs by the Election Commission, hotels, restaurants, are adopting a novel method of incentivising voters to perform their democratic duty.

BBHA – Bengaluru :

Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association is 82 years old, established in the year 1936 by 1st president ship of Shri B.T Ramaiah (1936-44) the founder of Bangalore Hotels Association. Shri K.T Appanna was the 2nd President (1944-48).

Currently 53 members are there in Managing Committee. The association is having 1500 registered members.  The Association every month brings out monthly magazine by name “Athithidevo Bhava” under  head editorial Shri. B Chandra Shekar Hebbar.

The executive committee conducts monthly once a meeting to discuss different  matters related to hotel industries and to solve the problems apart from weekly once on every Friday at 5:30 PM.  

Office bearers of the association conducts a meeting to discuss hotel industry problems and other matters with the permission of the chair person.

Voting awareness by Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association :

The association is planning to put up posters on the hotel premises to remind the voters to cast their vote on election day.  This is to persuade voters to vote. 

According to Veerendra N Kamat, Treasurer of Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association this program is to make people realize their responsibility.  It is an initiative to encourage citizens to vote.

Freebies by BBHA :

The members are coming up with the offer of free tea and coffee, a 10-15% on breakfast and around 20% on lunch and dinner.   Some of the hotels are offering free idli with dosa.

One of the hotel at Majestic area will be offering free sweets to all those who would eat at his place and show their inked finger.   The plan is to distribute jelebis this time.  Those who are fond of jelebis please cast your vote and go the hotel with the proof to savour hot jelebis.

These outlets have, however, clarified that they aren’t supporting any particular party and just want to push youngsters and voters to exercise their franchise.

Conclusion :

This is not the first time that food has found its way into election in Karnataka. Earlier, during elections free dosas in the shape of Kannada letters and requests like ‘Nanna matha nanna hakku’ (my vote, my right), ‘Ellaroo mathadana maadi’ (please all of you vote), ‘Praja prabhutva bhadrapadisi’ (strengthen the democracy) were distributed among voters with an aim to spread awareness about elections.

Walk to vote and get discount on food on election day.

Election Officers – creating awareness – Bengaluru

Election Officers – creating awareness – Bengaluru

Election officers  are being busy at Bengaluru creating Awareness about voting. 

BBMP Commissioner  – District electoral officer :

BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath Prasad is the district electoral officer.   1 lakh poll staff are being  engaged for the elections.

BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath Prasad is the district electoral officer.  He has worked across India as poll officer. He will oversee the work of about one lakh election observer.  The challenges faced includes monitoring 1 lakh election staff comprising BBMP staff and police force.

Pressures of election :

In an election duty, different government departments come together to make it easy.  The staff are thoroughly trained to deal with problems.  The returning/election officers are trained to make sure nothing goes wrong because of negligence and ignorance.

Planning plays an important role in the smooth running of the election booths.  The major problem faced by election/returning officers are booth capturing and violence at the polling stations.  Curbing victory processions even before the results announcement is a major problem.

Bengaluru Election/Returning officers :

Bengaluru South  :  Mr. Nakul.S.S.

Bengaluru North : Mr. B.N.Vijaya Shankar

Bengaluru Central – Mr. Lokesh M

Duties of officers :

Their duties include: Supervises the conduct of all elections held under the Local Authorities Elections Act. Assists the Returning Officers as they conduct local elections.  Promotes fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Local Authorities Elections Act on the part of election officers.

The election officer’s duty includes  ensuring fairness, impartiality and compliance with election law. promoting voting opportunities to all voters. educating voters about the electoral process. helping political parties, candidates, official agents and chief financial officers comply with election legislation.

The election officers in Bengaluru are busy.  They are meeting people at malls and markets.  The election officers ensure that the polling staff are well training in handling the EVMs and the procedures. 

This year election have Sakhi booths which are entirely managed by women. Sakhi booths helps in sending message to women that vote casting is not just by men.    

Election officers Creating awareness :

The election officers are sending trained staff to metro stations and malls with demo machines to help people under the process of voting. 

Through Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation program (SVEEP) the election officers are creating awareness and educating people on why voting is important.

Morning walkers are met by the election officers in the morning to create awareness.  Meetings are held are IT company campuses across Bengaluru.

Vulnerable areas :

The election officers are visiting the  areas which are vulnerable where people may be blocked from voting or coerced to vote for a particular candidate.  The Election officers have identified around 34 such locations across the city.

Chunavana centres are established where people get their EPIC number and get details about their polling stations.

Biggest challenge faced by Election officers :

The problem of ensuring working of EVM’s is the biggest challenge.  Transporting the EVM’s is also a major challenge. 

The staff are trained in handling these machines which are fool proof.  BBMP nursing staff and doctors are adequately deployed for any emergency.

Karnataka Elections – Election Commission :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.

For the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations was on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination was  March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination was March 29.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • All social media ads from political parties will have to be pre-certified
  • Candidates will have to submit details of their social media accounts
  • Social media expert to be part of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee

Social media – Election Commission :

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced strict guidelines for use of social media by political parties and candidates.

The Election commission has outlined strict guidelines for use of social media during elections.  The political parties and candidates will not be able to post unverified advertisements, photos personnel from defence, hate speeches.  The candidates will not be posting any fake news on their accounts.

 According to the Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, the new guidelines requires the candidates to furnish details of their social media accounts during the filing of nomination papers.  They have to disclose the activities on their Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Share Chat and Google.

EVMs to carry candidate pictures – Election Commission :

In Lok Sabha 2019 elections the  EVMs will be carrying  the  candidate pictures  to avoid confusion over similar names.

The photograph will be printed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) ballot units as well as on postal ballot papers according to the Election commission.

According to the Election Commissioner, ‘the provision for printing the candidate photographs will help avoid any confusion which may arise when candidates with similar names contest from the same constituency’.

The party candidates are required to submit to the returning officer, their recent stamp size photograph as per the specifications laid down by the Election Commission.

This has happened before. India had gone to polls with photo electoral rolls for the first time in 2009. In that year, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland did not have photo electoral rolls, while elector photo identity cards were not distributed to electors in Assam and Nagaland. 

The Election Commission said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date.

Voter turnout – Bengaluru :

Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases – on April 18 and April 23.  Elections will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23. 

The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?

Will holiday affect voter turnout?

April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20thand 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays.  Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has not improved.  With so many holidays in between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.

Walk to vote :

It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

To know more about candidates click on the link https://www.bangalorean.com/politics/bengaluru-candidates-list-major-parties-ls-2019/

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengluru Candidates list from the major parties for the State of Karnataka are almost final. The three major parties who are fighting in the State of Karnataka are BJP, Congress and JD(S). Bengaluru North :

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the  Karnataka.  This constituency has been known by different names in its history.

From 1951 and every election since 1977 it has been known as Bangalore North. For the 1957 and 1962 elections it was known as Bangalore City. For the 1967 and 1971 elections it formed a constituency jointly with Bengaluru South  and was known as Bengaluru.  

From 1951–73, this constituency resided in Mysuru State. On 1 November 1973 Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka. Bengaluru North held its first elections in 1951 and its first member of parliament (MP) was Keshava Iyengar of the Indian National Congress. 

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

 1) Krishnaraja puram

 2) Byatarayanapura  3)   Yeshwanthapura    4)   Dasarahalli  5) Mahalakshmi Layout      6)  Malleshwaram   7)   Hebbal  8)   Pulkeshinagar

 Bengaluru candidates list from North : 

Sadananda Gowda from BJP  :  He is a sitting MP

Krishna Byre Gowda of Congress representing JD(S).   :  He is a sitting MLA

Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) was the 20thcChief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru North.

Education :    B.sc., LLB, Educated at St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law College, Udupi.

Krishna Byre Gowda :

Krishna Byre Gowda (born 4 April 1973)  was born in Bengaluru to C. Byre Gowda and Savithramma.

He is the current Minister  of Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the cabinet of Coalition government  and Member of Legislative Assembly of the Byatarayanapura Constituency, in office since June 2008.

Education :

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Christ College, now known as Christ University in Bengaluru 1994. He then graduated with a master’s degree (M.A) from the School of International Service at American University Washington D.C.in 1999.  

Political career :

He has  served three times as an M.L.A. of Karnataka state, twice from Vemegal in Kolar district from 2003 to 2007, and from 2008 to 2013 from the Byatarayanapura Constituency in Bengaluru.

Krishna has  served as the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress between 2007 and 2011, and is currently holds the office of General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, since 2012.

 Bengaluru South :

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (Parliamentary) constituencies in  Karnataka  State.  Currently the seat is vacant since 12 November 2018 due to the untimely passing away of MP Ananth Kumar.  

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

1)     Govindarajnagar

2)    Vihayanagar

3)    Chickpet

4)    Basavangudi

5)    Padmanabhanagar

6)    BTM Layout

7)    Jayanagar

8)    Bommanahalli

 Bengaluru candidates list for South :

 Tejasvi Surya from BJP

  B.K.Hari Prasad from  Congress

  Vatal Nagaaj  from Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha

 Tejasvi Surya :

Tejasvi  who is 28 years old is a  young and dynamic person.  He is the general secretary of BJP’s youth  wing and also an advocate. 

He is the nephew of Ravi Subramanya who is a BJP sitting MLA from Basavangudi.   He  is said to have the strong backing of BJP national joint general secretary (organisation) B.L.Santhosh.  

Qualification / profession   :

Studied LLB at  Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies

Studied Pre-University at National College, Jayanagar

Studied at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home

He is a practicing lawyer at the Karnataka High Court.    He is associate at Haranahalli Law Partners.

Former columnist at India Facts.

Political career :

He is a Former Secretary at Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He is a RSS swayamsevak, the  general secretary of the State Yuva morcha and also a part of the national  social media team of the BJP.

In 2014, when he was just 23 years old, Surya was in great demand for campaigning in different parts of the State for the Lok Sabha elections as Bharatiya Janata Party candidates from several constituencies had requested him to visit their areas.

B.K.Hari Prasad :  

Hariprasad  born  29 July 1954) was born in Benaluru, Karnataka, to A. Kempaiah and K. Gunavathi.  

B.K. Hariprasad is a politician from the INC party. He is a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, of the Indian Paliament. He was the candidate of United Opposition for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and lost to Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh of NDA.  

Education : B. Com. Educated at M.E.S.College, Bangalore University, Bengaluru.                               Countries Visited: Erstwhile Yugoslavia, erstwhile U.S.S.R.,Spain, North Korea, U.S.A. and U.K.

 Vatal Nagaraj :

He is a political figure named after the town he was born in,.  He is the Ex MLA of Chamarajnagar constituency. Nagaraj is the president of a pro-Kannada outfit Kannada Chalavali Paksha.

In 1964 he led a two-month agitation demanding the destruction of a 150-year-old British Raj era cenotaph pillar marking the deaths of soldiers at the Siege of Siege of Bangalore in 1791. In October of that year the cenotaph was dismantled by the Bangalore City Corporation and a statue to Kempe Gowda now stands in its place. In 2018 he started a new agitation in January 25 for water sharing from MAHADAYI river flowing from Goa.  Some political critiques question the authenticity of Vatal’s fight against Goa State for water sharing when he himself fight against Tamil Nadu government for Supreme court order to release water in Cauvery river.

Bengaluru Central :

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka. This constituency was created in 2008 as part of delimitation  It was carved out of the Bengaluru  North and South Lok Sabha constituencies during 2009 Indian elections. It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was P.C.Mohan.  

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments:

 1) Sarvagnanagar 

 2)   C.V.Ramannagar

 3)  Shivajinagar

 4) Shanthinagar 

 5)   Gandhinagar

  6)   Rajajinagar

  7)   Chamarajpet

  8)   Mahadevapura

 Bengaluru candidates list for Central :

 P.C.Mohan from BJP

Rizwan Arshad from Congress

Prakash Raj/Raj as an Independent candidate

P.C.Mohan :

P. Chikkamuni Mohan (born 24 July 1964 to Shri. Chikkamuniswamappa and Smt. P.C.Ramakka at Bangalore) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru  Central.

Education-  Intermediate educated at Vijaya College, Bangalore.

Member – Committee on Members of Parliament,   Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Rizwan Arshad :

Rizwan Arshad is Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress President for second consecutive term.

He started his political career from NSUI as College President, District General Secretary, State General Secretary, National General Secretary. Then continued his career with Indian Youth Congress as State Vice President, National Secretary after that the transformation system of election was bought in the frontal organisations of Congress by Shri. Rahul Gandhi with a vision of opening the doors to common youths & students in the party.

He won the election with the halfway margin for the first time as the President of KPYCC and again He won the consecutive time by a very huge margin.

He got ticket to contest for Lok Sabha  elections from Bengaluru central constituency from INC. However he lost to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

Prakash Raj/Rai :

Prakash Raj was born in Bengaluru (then known as Mysuru state) on 26 March 1965 in a lower-middle-class family.

Prakash Raj (born Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965) is a multilingual film actor,  film director, producer, thespian and television presenter who is known for his works in the South Indian Film Industry and Hindi films.  He acted in back-to-back stage shows for Rs.300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru  and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit. 

Education :   He completed schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys HighSchool, Bengaluru and joined ST. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru.  Prakash Rai changed his surname to Raj based on prominent Tamil film director K.Balachander’s advice.  He is still called Prakash Rai in his home state Karnataka.

Bengaluru Rural : 

Bengaluru  Rural Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) constituencies in  Karnataka.  This constituency was created in 2008 following the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies. It comprises eight assembly segments of which seven are derived from the former Kanakapura Lok Sabha Constituency  (abolished in 2008).  It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was H.D.Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) party. Kumaraswamy resigned his seat in 2013. The by-election that followed was won by D.K.Suresh of the Indian  National congress (INC).

Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments: 

1)  Kunigal 

2) Rajarajeshwarinagar 

3) Benglauru South 

4)  Anekal 

5)   Magadi 

6)  Ramanagara

7)  Kanakapura

8)   Channapatna

Bengaluru candidates list for Rural : 

Ashwath Narayan from BJP

D.K.Suresh from Congress

Ashwath Narayan : 

Ashwath Narayan is son of Shri Kempayya.   He is an Ex-MLC from BJP.  He is a SSLC pass-out.  His hobbies includes theatre and reading.

D.K.Suresh :

Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh (52 years born in Doddahalli, Ramanagara to Mr. Doddaalahalli Kempegowda and Smt. Gowramma Kempegowda) is a MP of the 16th Lok Sabha. 

He is a sitting MP elected From Bengaluru Rural.  His Education  is higher secondary.

Importance of voting :

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow.  Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Cast your vote.  Your vote is precious.

 

 

 

 

 

Congress  Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

Congress Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

Congress  Candidates list is partly out for the Lok Sabha polls 2019. The party has announced most of the candidates who are sitting MP’s.  The  names appears in the list announced by the party are :

List of Congress candidates :

  1. Kalburgi / Gulbarga – Mallikarjuna Kharge
  2. Dakshin Kannada – Mithun Rai
  3. Kolar – K.H.Muniyappa
  4. Chikkaballapur – Veerappa Moily
  5. Bidar – Eshwar Khandre
  6. Davangere – Shamnur Shiva Shankarappa
  7. Rizwan arshad – Bengaluru Central
  8. Bellari – V.S.Ugrappa
  9. Mysuru/Kodagu – C.H.Vijays Shankar
  10. Chikkodi – Prakash Hukkeri
  11. Belagavi – Virupakshi Sadhunnavar     
  12. Bagalkot – Veena Kashappanvar
  13. Gulbarga/Raichur – B.V.Naik
  14. Haveri  – D.R.Patil
  15. Chitradurga –  B.M.Chandrappa
  16. Bengaluru Rural – D.K.Suresh
  17. Chammarajanagar – Dhruvanarayana

Details about the candidates :

Mallikarjuna Kharge :

Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge (born 21 July 1942 to Shri. Mapanna Kharge and Smt. Saibavva Kharge)) is an Indian politician and the leader of the INC in the 16th Lok Sabha.

He has won elections for a record 10 consecutive times having won the Assembly elections for an unprecedented 9 consecutive times (1972, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009) and the recent General Elections from Gulbarga.


He has been nominated as the leader of the congress party in Lok Sabha against Narendra Modi led NDA government.

He is a sitting MP elected From Gulbarga.

Education –  B.A., L.L.B educated at Government Arts & Science College, Gulbarga and S.S.Law College, Gulbarga.

He is Founder President of Karnataka Peoples Education Society, Gulbarga (till 2012).

Founder President of Siddhartha Vihar Trust Gulbarga (till 2012).

Patron, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore which is one of the premier Concert Halls and Theatre venues in Bangalore.

President of Siddhartha Education Society, Tumkur from 1974 – 1996.

Instrumental in opening of Medical and Technical institutions in Karnataka.

Mithun Rai :

Mithun Rai is the son of Dr. Mahabala rai and entered politics during his student days.  He was an aspirant for Congress ticket in the assembly election from Moodbidri constituency last year.  He is from Bunt community.

Mithun Rai is currently the President of youth Congress in Dakshina Kannada.  His first task would be to bring together the party workers get them work hard to turn voters in his side.

K.H.Muniyappa :

K.H. Muniyappa (born 7 March 1948 to Late Shri.Hanumappa and Late Smt.Venkatamma) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India.He has consecutively represented the Kolar constituency of since 1991 and is a member of the INC. He was the Union Minister of State (Independent charge) of Minister of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.

He is a sitting MP elected From Kolar.

Education – B.A. graduate with L.L.B., Doctorate (Honorary) Educated at Bangalore university, Honorary Doctorate awarded by Gulbarga University.

Director – Gramin Bank, Distt. Kolar; President – (i) Arundhathi Education Trust, Bangalore; and (ii) Dr. Ambedkar Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd., Melur, Distt. Kolar;

Founder – (i) Harijan and Girijan Community Irrigation Well Co-operative Society Ltd., Kambadahalli, Distt. Kolar; and (ii) Harijan and Girijan Dairy Farming Co-operative Society Ltd., Distt. Kolar, 1967;

Member – (i) 20-Point Economic Programme, Taluk Sidlaghatta, Distt. Kolar, 1976; (ii) Land Grant Committee, Distt. Kolar; (iii) Relief Committee, Distt. Kolar, 1976; and (iv) Central Silk Board, 1996-97;

Attended All India Harijan Conference, Andhra Pradesh

Special Interests : Serving the poor

Sports and Clubs : Volleyball

Favourite Pastimes and Recreation : Listening to music on spiritual themes.

Countries Visited : Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by the Honble Speaker, Shri G.M.C. Balayogi, to Russia, 1998.

Veerappa Moily :

Marpadi Veerappa Moily (born 12 January 1940 at Moodibidri to Shri. Thammayya Moily and Smt. Poovamma) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing INC. He was the former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Minister of Corporate Affairs and Minister of Power in the Indian government. situated at Hampankatta in Mangalore City.

He completed his B.L. from University Law College, Bangalore. He led several projects, policies and achievements of the State of Karnataka in Ministries and sectors such as Finance, Irrigation and Power, Urban Development and Infrastructure, Housing and Rural Development, Empowerment, Education and Culture.

He is a sitting MP elected From Chikkaballapur.

Education B.A. from Government College (now known as University College) situated at Hampankatta in Mangalore City. He completed his B.L. from University Law College, Bengaluru.

Responsible for drafting and implementing the Karnataka Land Reforms Act in 1974.


Appointed to various committees by Indira Gandhi one of which led to the setting up of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Honorary doctorate awarded by:

  • Mangalore University, on Feb 16, 2009;
  • Russian Academy;
  • NALSAR, Hyderabad. :  40 years of experience in public service, policy making, governance and politics and
  • (iv) Mysore University;

Chairman – (i) Tax Reforms (ii) Revenue Commission, and (iii) Oversight Committee on Education, Govt. of Karnataka, (iv) Administrative Reforms Commission, (v) Next Step Foundation Award conferred by Foundation of U.K., House of Commons for outstanding contribution to judiciary.

Eshwar Khandre :

Eshwar Bhimanna Khandre  born 1961/1962 age 56–58. 

Education  :   Bachelor of Engineering ,  PDA College of Engineering,  Gulbarga University.

Khandre is one of the sons of former minister Bhimanna Khandre. He is the third member of the Khandre family to be elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from the district. His brother is Vijaykumar Khandre who also represented the constituency two times. Khandre is the chairman of Shantivardhak Education Society.

Shamnur Shiva Shankarappa :

Shamanur Shivashankarappa  Born: 16 June 1931 is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Davanagere, South Assembly Constituency.  A veteran Congressman, he has been the Treasurer of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee for last three decades and he is also the president of All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha, the apex body of Veerashaivas.

He is the Chairman of Bapuji Educational Association which owns a chain of educational institutions  including Bapuji Institute of Engineering  & Tehcnology and many professional institutions of higher education.He is a well known educationalist and industrialist and owns a group of industries known as Shamanur Group with sugar and Distillaries as prime business

His son Shamanur Mallikarjun, a former Minister for youth and Sports in the Government of Karnataka is a Member of Legislative Assembly representing Davangere North Constituency.

Rizwan Arshad :

Rizwan Arshad is Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress President for second consecutive term.

He started his political career from NSUI as College President, District General Secretary, State General Secretary, National General Secretary. Then continued his career with Indian Youth Congress as State Vice President, National Secretary after that the transformation system of election was bought in the frontal organisations of Congress by Shri. Rahul Gandhi with a vision of opening the doors to common youths & students in the party.

He won the election with the halfway margin for the first time as the President of KPYCC and again He won the consecutive time by a very huge margin.

He got ticket to contest for Lok Sabha elections from Bengaluru central constituency from INC. However he lost to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

On 10 June 2016, he was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Council by getting 34 MLA votes. He got 5 extra votes of JD(S) rebel MLAs led by JD(S) MLA Zameer Ahmed. Required quota to be elected was 29.

V.S.Ugrappa :

V. S. Ugrappa is currently serving as member of Parliament from Bellary Constituency in Karnataka.. A member of the Indian National Congress,  he was elected in a bypoll in November 2018. He defeated the BJP candidate J.Shantha by 2.1 lakh votes.

Ugrappa was previously a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council

He is an advocate by profession.

C.H.Vijaya Shankar :

C. H. Vijayashankar (born 21 October 1956) was a member of the 14th Lok Ssabha. He represented the Mysuru constituency and was a member of the BJP. He was elected member of Karnataka legislative assembly from Hunsur in 1994. In 1998, he was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha from Mysuru Lok Sabha Constituency.

He was re-elected to Mysuru Lok Sabha constituency in 2004 against Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar,  who was the prince of  Mysuru Kingdom and head of the Wadiyar dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Mysuru between  1399 and 1950.

He served as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Karnataka holding portfolios: Forest Department from. Forest, Ecology & Environment Department as well as small Scale Industries from C & I Department.

He unsuccessfully contested for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Hassan constituency  in 2014 as a BJP candidate against Former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda.

He was the Member of Legislative Council of Karnataka  from 15 June 2010 till the end of his tenure in Jan 2016.

He resigned BJP and joined INC in October 2017.

Prakash Hukkeri :

He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from INC. He is born on 5th March 1947 (Age 71). His parents are Sri.Babanna Hukkeri and Smt. Annapurneshwari Hukkeri.

He is a sitting MP elected From Chikkodi.

Education S.S.L.C. educated at K.L.Es G.A. High School, Belgavi, Karnataka.

Veena kashappanvar :

She is wife of wife of Hungund Congress MLA, Vijayananda Kashappanavar,    

Education 12th pass

Profesison : Agriculture and business

B.V.Naik :

B.V.Nayak (14 November 1966 (age 51) born at Arkera, Raichur to Venkatesh Nayak and Smt. Savetramma) belongs to INC. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha

He is a sitting MP and elected From Raichur.

Education  –  B.Com, L.L.B. (Spl) educated at BRB College of Commerce, Raichur and KPES Law College, Dharwad. 

Special Interests: Reading Books, Watching TV News and Sports and visiting historical places and forest areas. 

B.N.Chandrappa :

B.N.Chandrappa (1 October 1955 (age 62) born to Shri Nagappa and Smt. Lakshmamma at Lakkavalli, Tarikere, Chikkamagaluru), is a member of Parliament who represents the INC in the 16th Lok Sabha.

He is a sitting MP elected From Chitradurga.

Education –  post-graduate MA (Sociology) from C.V.Raman University, Karnataka.

Social And Cultural Activities : For the past twenty-five years, fighting for the cause of upliftment of the downtrodden and the under privileged. Social activist with focus on education. Runs educational Institute involving Nursery to Secondary School and B.Ed College for workers` children.


Special Interests : Listening to Music and involving in social activities.

Favourite Pastime and Recreation : Playing Badminton.

D.K.Suresh :

Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh (52 years born in Doddahalli, Ramanagara to Mr. Doddaalahalli Kempegowda and Smt. Gowramma Kempegowda) is a MP of the 16th Lok Sabha.

He is a sitting MP elected From Bengaluru Rural.

Education – higher secondary

Countries Visited : Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, U.A.E. and U.K.

Social And Cultural Activities : Vice-Chairman of D.K.S. Charitable Institute Trust actively working for providing pure drinking water in all problematic villages in the region. More than 50 water treatment plants have already been erected through which water is being supplied at 10 paise per 1 litre.

The trust is also identifying eligible beneficiaries for various social welfare schemes initiated by State and Central Governments. The trust is also involved in encouraging and imparting education among the rural areas. Meritorious students are being honoured with cash rewards.

Special Interests : Aiming to create irrigational facilities in the drought stricken areas and to provide drinking water facilities to every needy village in the entire Lok Sabha Constituency.

Pastime and Recreation: Study Tours, Travel and Sports : Sports and Clubs, Volleyball.

Member – City Institute, Bangalore and Kanakapura Town Tennis Club.

Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan on to take BJP in Lok Sabha 2019 poll battle.  The coalition is planning a big battle against BJP.  Former Prime Minister and JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda has vowed to reduce the BJP to a single digit. The Congress and JD(S) jointly announced a bunch of measures to ensure that their alliance worked without any flaws.

JD(S) – Janata Dal (Secular)  :

The Janata Dal (Secular) is a political party led by former Prime Minister of India, H.D.Deve Gowda. The party is recognized as a State Party in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

It was formed in July 1999 by the split of Janata Dal party.  It has a political presence mainly in Karnataka. In Kerala, the party is part of the Left Democratic front.

Ironically  the JD(S)  was formed in 1999, had its origins in the Janata Party, founded in 1977 as a coalition of several smaller parties that combined forces to oppose the Congress party.

Indian National Congress : 

The Indian National Congress or INC or Congress party or simply Congress is a broadly based Political party in India. Founded in 1885, it was the first modern nationalist movement to emerge in the British Empire in Asia and Africa. 

From the late 19th century, and especially after 1920, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, , Congress became the principal leader of the Indian independence movement.  Congress led India to independence from Great Britain, and powerfully influenced other anti-nationalist movements in the British Empire.

Bharatiya Janata party – BJP :

The BJP’s origin lies in the Bharatiya  Jana Sangh,  formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mukherjee. After the State of Emergency  in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party. It defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 General elections. 

 After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP.

Coalition government in the State of Karnataka – Cong-JD(S) plan :

The Karnataka elections 2018 were held on May 12, 2018, in all 222 of 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.

INC + JDS

The election result of the Karnataka this time turns out to be very exciting. BJP having a count of 104 seats, Congress having 78, JD(S) having count of 38 and others on 3. BJP misses out the majority by a very little count which have turn into a great burden to them.

B.S Yediyurappa with such short time to prove majority said that a great mandate given by the people of Karnataka to BJP (104) seats did not suffice and resigned before trust vote. Which paved way for present chief minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy from JD(S).

Cong-JD(S) plan – leaders statements :

Mr. Deve Gowda told reporters ,”Nominations have started. Time is very less. Whatever misunderstanding we have between us, we have to resolve them now”.  

Traditional rival parties the Congress and JD(S) face the challenge of convincing their party workers to work together and get maximum  votes for candidates fielded by the alliance. The alliance is to defeat the BJP.

Senior leaders from both the parties will be appointed as observers in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituency according to Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah. 

He also said, “the observers will ensure coordination between both parties. Strict directives will be issued to the district units of both parties that they should forget their differences and work toward defeating the BJP in the interest of the state, country and democracy. I’m confident our party workers will abide by our decision.

Cong-JD(S) plan – rally :

A mega public rally is been planned near Bengaluru which will be attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda. The event will be held most likely on 31st March  2019.  

According to Siddaramaich this historic rally will sound the bugle of the alliance party election campaign.  After that, the leaders from both parties will hold joint campaigns across all the 28 seats. 

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy admitted that out of 28 constituencies,  there were problems in a few constituencies and affirmed that they would be resolved.

Parameshwara skips Cong-JD(S) plan meet :

The Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara was noticeably absent from the Cong-JD(S) plan meet.    It is observed that Parameshwara is still not happy with the Tumkur Lok Sabha Seat being given to JD(S). 

G.Parameshwara is the Tumakuru district in-charge minister.  He is mounting pressure on the congress leaders to get back Tumakuru back from JD(S).  Tumakuru is represented by S.Muddahanumegowda.

The decision to forego Tumkuru seat has caused a lot of displeasure in the Congress party.

B.Venkatesh Prasad joins BJP :

B.Venkatesh prasad brother of Congress MLA Nagendra from Bellary Rural  joined BJP.   Mr. Prasad had unsuccessfully had a bid for congress ticket during the Lok Sabha by-elections to Bellary constituency. 

After being disappointed with the Congress party Mr.Prasad joined BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The other congress leader who joined BJP is Devendrappa, a congess leader from Harapanahalli and also a relative of Jarkiholi brothers.

Sumalatha Ambareesh as an Independent candidate – a thorn in Cong-JD(S) plan :

Sumalatha, actor and wife of late Kannada actor and former Union Minister M.H.Ambareesh announce her decision.  She will be contesting the elections from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency as an independent candidate against Nikhil Kumaraswamy of JD(S).

This is going to be a high profile battle in Madya Constituency.  She is been holding road shows along with her son in Mandya and taking on the Gowda family.  She is also in touch with the BJP leaders.

Disturbed by her popularity, the JD(S) is on attack mode.  While Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy took a dig at late Ambareesh, his brother HD Revanna made belittle and sexist remarks against her.  JD(S) Thammanna was also among those attacked her.

After the demise of her husband, actor politician MH Ambareesh, his wife Sumalatha showed interest to contest from Mandya to carry forward her husband’s legacy.

Conclusion :

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said that if the JD(S) fares well, other parties would come running to his father, hinting that his father could be looking at another stint as prime minister. 

Even if there is no chance at the top post, greater their number, greater their bargaining power at the Centre if the Mahaghathbandhan does manage a good show in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. 

Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s initiation into the JDS’ electoral fray ignores the many district level leaders who have worked hard for the party. 

The problem has now multiplied with even the Congress workers of the district expressing their opposition to Nikhil’s candidature. Many are openly working for actor Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-MP Ambareesh, who is contesting from Mandya constituency independently. 

APP to trace polling stations  – LS Polls 2019

APP to trace polling stations – LS Polls 2019

APP to trace and navigate to the polling station is available now.  The mobile application— ‘Chunavana  APP’  — to navigate you to the polling station using your Voter ID number.


According to an official, “The application is developed to increase voter turnout. It will direct the voters to their closest polling booth with the help of Google map”.

Information on the APP to trace polling stations :

Voters in the State of Karnataka will be getting information on their polling booth thru this APP.  a Voter can also find out the status of the queues on voting day.  This APP is especially useful for the physically challenged and senior citizen voters.

The Senior citizens and physically disabled, challenged can also avail various services through the “Chunavana” App.

APP to trace polling stations :

According to Mr. Sanjiv Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, the APP has information and data on all the 58186 polling stations mapped through GIS (Geographic Information System).  This facility allows the users to search their polling station. 

On voting day it will also provide free pickup and drop facility for elders.  Booking is to be done to avail the facilities.  Police Station and Hospital which are close to the polling station are also mapped for emergency purpose.

Facilities provided in the last elections :

During elections in the last year, the election authority had provided 14000 wheel chairs to the physically challenged voters. According to a report there are around 4 lakh differently abled persons with various needs are there. 

Seizure of arms :

The Election authorities have booked thousands of cases under Preventive Sections of CrPC.  Across Karnataka State the commission has seized 84293 licensed arms.

1512 flying squads and 1837 static surveillance teams have been deployed to check the violations and code of conduct.

The election authorities till date have seized Rs.1.35 crore in cash, 1377 litres of liquor which is worth Rs.20 lakh and Rs.1.34 crore worth of other items.

Election Commission – Social media – LS Elections 2019

Election Commission – Social media – LS Elections 2019

Election Commission of India has issued social media guidelines and model code of conduct to the Parties contesting Lok Sabha elections 2019.

With the General elections 2019 dates declared, the elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May.

The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

Election Commission of India :

The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies and Legislative Council in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country.

Originally in 1950, the commission had only a Chief Election Commissioner. Two additional Commissioners were appointed to the commission for the first time on 16 October 1989.

The commission is served by its secretariat located in New Delhi. The Election Commissioners are assisted by Deputy Election Commissioners, who are generally IAS Officers.. They are further assisted by Directors General, Principal Secretaries, and Secretaries and Under Secretaries. 

Karnataka Elections – Election Commission :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.

for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • All social media ads from political parties will have to be pre-certified
  • Candidates will have to submit details of their social media accounts
  • Social media expert to be part of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee

Social media – Election Commission :

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced strict guidelines for use of social media by political parties and candidates.

 The Election commission has outlined strict guidelines for use of social media during elections.  The political parties and candidates will not be able to post unverified advertisements, photos personnel from defence, hate speeches.  The candidates will not be posting any fake news on their accounts.

 According to the Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, the new guidelines requires the candidates to furnish details of their social media accounts during the filing of nomination papers.  They have to disclose the activities on their Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Share Chat  and Google.

The Election Commission  has  decided to bring als  the bulk SMSes and Voice messages on phone under the purview of pre-certification of election advertisements.  

All these social media accounts of the candidates will be under the close scrutiny of Election commission.

Model Code of Conduct – Election Commission  :

Model code of conduct also applies to the text  being posted on social media by party candidates and political parties. Any violation with regard to model code of conduct will lead to action by the Election Commission.

According to Sunil Arora “the media certification and monitoring committees (MCMCs) are in place at the district and State levels. One social media expert will also be part of this committee at each level. All political advertisements, proposed to be issued on the social media, shall require pre-certification from the MCMC concerned”.

Facebook and Google also have deputed a dedicated grievance officer to receive complaints of any violation of EC guidelines.

The Moral Code of Conduct includes a list of guidelines used for regulating political parties and their activities just ahead of general elections 2019. The rules not only apply to political speeches, polling day, polling booths, portfolios, rallies, general conduct but also to the contents of election manifestos.

Social platforms :

The social platforms will also assign fact checkers to scan fake news and abuses on the social media. As per the guidelines, no political party or candidate will  display photographs of defence personnel on social media for the campaigning purpose.

The social media posts should not contain any content that  violates  the electoral process or disturb peace, calm, social harmony and public order.

Candidates and political parties are mandatorily required to disclose their campaigning expenditure, including the money spent on social media advertising, in their poll expenditure account.

This also includes payments made to internet companies and websites for carrying advertisements.  This also includes campaign-related operational expenditure on making creative development of content, salaries and wages paid to the team employed to operate and maintain the social media accounts.

State-level monitoring committee – Election Commission ;

The district and state-level media certification and monitoring committees will be present to monitor the activities. All electronic and radio advertisements will be screened during the elections  The States  will now also have a social media expert on board to ensure that such campaign materials do not slip in without scrutiny. 

The election expenditure ceiling is  Rs 70 lakh for candidates contesting Lok Sabha elections 2019 , except in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Sikkim  the ceiling is fixed at Rs 54 lakh. 


EVMs to carry candidate pictures – Election Commission :

In Lok Sabha 2019 elections the  EVMs will be carrying  the  candidate pictures  to avoid confusion over similar names.

The photograph will be printed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) ballot units as well as on postal ballot papers according to the Election commission.

According to the Election Commissioner, ‘the provision for printing the candidate photographs will help avoid any confusion which may arise when candidates with similar names contest from the same constituency’.

The party candidates are required to submit to the returning officer, their recent stamp size photograph as per the specifications laid down by the Election Commission.

This has happened before. India had gone to polls with photo electoral rolls for the first time in 2009. In that year, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland did not have photo electoral rolls, while elector photo identity cards were not distributed to electors in Assam and Nagaland. 

The Election Commission said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date.

To advertise criminal records :

This Lok Sabha polls, candidates will have to advertise their criminal records.  According to the Election Commission directions, political parties too will have to give publicity to the criminal records of candidates fielded by them.

The Election Commission has made it mandatory for party candidates contesting polls to advertise their criminal records in TV and newspapers at least three times during electioneering.   This  rule will be implemented for the first time in Lok Sabha  2019 election, scheduled to be held from April 11 to May 19. 

Parties which fail to comply will face the prospects of getting their recognition withdrawn or suspended.  Candidates have to submit clippings of their declaration published in papers and parties have to submit details about the number of such candidates in a State.

 

 

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – may get affected due to long weekend during Lok Sabha polls 2019.  While the voter turnout may be less in Karnataka, the situation may not be the same in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Election dates – Voter turnout :

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka :

Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Voter turnout – Bengaluru

Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases – on April 18 and April 23.  Elections will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23. 

The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?

Will holiday affect voter turnout?

April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20th and 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays.  Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has not improved.  With so many holidays in between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.

Request  from party :

According to the BJP leader S.Suresh Kumar, the BJP has requested the Central leadership and the Election Commission to reconsider about the election dates for Karnataka as the State is notorious for low voter turnout during extended holidays.

During the Assembly Elections of 2018, only 54.76% voted  in the city of Bengaluru. 

Awareness – Voter turnout :

The election commission will be conducting awareness among the residents of Bengaluru.  The Commission is planning radio talk, TV shows and street plays to create awareness. 

According to the BBMP, the Bengaluru city has 8881066 voters.  The BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath is the District Election Officer (DEO), According to him out of 8881066 voters 4632900 are male and 4248166 are female voters.

Numbers game – voter turnout :

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Bengaluru :

Bengaluru North

Bengaluru South

Bengaluru Central

The total number of voters are 8881066 out of which 4632900 are male voters and 4248166 are female voters.  142048 applications have been received for the revision of electoral rolls.

The Bengaluru city will have 8514 polling booths and 42000 electoral staff with 1600 sensitive booths.

Voters names deleted :

Since October 2018, the total number of voters has come down.  There were 8957064 voters in the Bengaluru city as on 10th October 2018. 

As on 16th January 2019, the number has reduced by around 76000 voters.  These voters were deleted from the list.

According to N. Manjunath Prasad, “the reason for the decrease  in number is the extensive scrutiny of the voters list. After identifying voters who have passed away and those who have shifted from the city, the numbers have come down”.

Previous voting turnout records :

In 2014 Parliament polls, the BJP won 17 seats in Karnataka, Congress 9 seats and JD(S)  2 seats.

In the 2018 assembly elections in the Karnataka State, the Congress got 38% of the Vote share, the BJP 36% and the JD(S) 18%.  The corresponding vote share of the parties in 2014 Lok Sabha elections were 41%, 43% and 11% respectively.

The Southern States with Karnataka account for 131 Lok Sabha seats.

Walk to vote :

It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Come out. CAST YOUR VOTE.  YOUR VOTE IS PRECIOUS. 

Candidates list –  LS 2019 –  Karnataka

Candidates list – LS 2019 – Karnataka

Candidates list for Lok Sabha 2019 is not yet finalized.  The political parties in Karnataka are rushing to finalize the candidates lists for the Lok sabha elections 2019.

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling. Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

2 phases of elections – Candidates list

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

According to data collected during the 2018 Karnataka state assembly elections, Karnataka has 4,96,82,351 (roughly 4.7 crore) voters.

Coalition government seat sharing – candidates list :

The Coalition government is sharing the seats.  JD(S) is likely to get 7 seats.  The probable candidates list from JD(S) are :

Hassan –  Prajwal Revanna

Shomogga – Madhu Bangarappa

Mandya – Nikhil Kumaraswamy

Bangalre North – H.D.Deve Gowda

Tumakuru – M.T.Krishnappa/ Ramesh Babu / H.Ningappa

Chikkamagaluru – Bojjegowda or Jayaprakash Hegde

Vijayapura – Siddubondi or Ravi chauhan.

Congress probable candidates list :

According to sources, the election committee of the Congress has suggested the following names :

  1. Eshwar Khandre, C M Ibrahim, Vijay Singh for Bidar
  2. Bayakka Meti, Veena Kashappanavar and Ajay Kumar Sarnaik for Bagalkot;
  3. Raju Alagur, Prakash Rathore, Kanta Naik and Shivaraj Tangadagi for Vijayapura
  4. Basanagouda Badarali, Basavraj Hitnal, Virupakshappa and Basavaraj Rayareddi for Koppal
  5. Anjali Nimbalkar, Chinnaraj Hebbalkar, Nagaraj Yadav, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Vivek Rao Patil for Belagavi
  6. Vinay Kulkarni, Shakir Sanadi and Veeranna Mathikatti for Dharwad
  7. Basavraj Shivannavar, Saleem Ahmed and D R Patil for Haveri;
  8. S.S Mallikarjun for Davangere
  9. Prashanth Deshpande, Nivedith Alva and Bheemanna Naik for Uttara Kannada
  10. Aarthi Krishna, Pramod Madhwaraj and B K Hariprasad from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru
  11. Ramanath Rai, Moiudin Bava and Ivan D’Souza from Mangaluru (Dakshina Kannada);
  12. Rizwan Arshad, B K Hariprasad, Roshan Baig and H T Sangliana for Bengaluru Central
  13. Priya Krishna for Bengaluru South;
  14.  C Narayanaswamy, M R Seetharam, B L Shankar, R Rajkumar and B V Srinivas from     Bengaluru North;
  15.   Vijay Shankar and Sooraj Hedge from Mysuru.

BJP probable Candidates list :

The Karnataka BJP unit announced its poll in-charge leaders for the 28 seats in Karnataka.  The leaders will coordinate with the State BJP party and the local party representatives to monitor and undertake all  general election 2019 related work for the upcoming polls.

The Committee by the BJP is headed by BJP President Yeddurappa,.  The party has strategically picked leaders for each Lok Sabha Segment.

Different leaders for different segments :

The Mysuru – Kodagu segment will be headed by party leader and former  DCM K.S.Eshwarappa, an MLA from Shimmoga.  The Bellari will be handled by former CM and Hubballi-Dharwad MLA Jagadish Shettar.  B.Sriramulu will be in charge of the Koppal segment.

Bengaluru south will be handled by Subba Narasimha .R.Ashok MLA from Padmanabhanagar acts as the convenor of the constituency.

BJP probable candidates list :

  1.  Bengaluru South – Mrs. Tejaswini Ananthkumar
  2. Bengaluru Central – P.C.Mohan
  3. Bengaluru North – Sadananda Gowda / Dr.H.M.Chandrashekar
  4. Bengaluru Rural – Asjwath Narayana Gowda/ Tulasi Muniraju/ C.P.Yogeshwar / M.R.Rudresh
  5. Chikkaballapur – Bachhe Gowda/ Sharath Bachhe Gowda
  6. Kolar – D.S.Veeraiah / Chalavadi Narayana Swamy
  7. Mysuru/Kodagu – Pratap Simha/ Dr.Manjunath / D.Madhegowda
  8. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar / Sogadu Shivanna / G.S.Basavaraj
  9. Chamarajanagara – M.Shivanna
  10. Shivamogga – B.Y.Raghavendra
  11. Udupi/Chikkamangaluru – Shobha Karandlaje/ D.N.Jeevaraj/ Ratnakar Shetty/ Jayaprakash Hedge
  12. Chitradurga – Janardhana Swamy/ Dr.Lakshminarayan
  13. Davanagere – G.M.Siddeshwar
  14. Dakshina Kannada – Nalin Kumar Kateel
  15. Uttara Kannada – Ananth Kumar Hegde
  16. Chikkodi – Ramesh Kathi
  17. Dharawad – Prahlad Joshi / Vijay Sankeshwara
  18. Koppal – C.V.Chandrashekar / Singanal Virupakshappa / Sanganna Karaddi
  19. Bidar – Bhagavantha Kooba / Mallikarjuna Kooba
  20. Haveri/Gadag – Shivakumar Udhasi
  21. Belagavi – Suresh Angadi/ Prabhakar Koore
  22. Bagalkote – P.H.Poojar/ Sangamesh Nirani/ P.C.Gaddegowdar
  23. Vijayapura – Ramesh Jigajanage
  24. Hassan – Yoga Ramesh
  25. Madhya – Siddaramaiah/ Sumalatha (if she joins BJP)
  26. Bellari – Venkatesh (brother – Nagendra) / J.Shantha
  27. Raichur – Sanna Pakkerappa/ Thipparaja Hawaldar (if congress gives Raichur seat to JD(S) then it will be B.V.Naik (Ex-congress)
  28. Kalburgi – Umesh Jadhav

Chances of giving ticket to new faces are:

  1. Bengaluru North – Dr. H.M.Chandrashekar
  2. Koppal – Singanal Virupakshappa / C.V.Chandrashekar
  3. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar
  4. Bagalkote – P.C.Poojar / Sangamesha Nirani
  5. Bellari – Venkatesh Prasad (Nagendra’s brother)
Voting and democracy :

In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting in an election: a way for an electorate to elect, i.e. choose, among several candidates for rule. In a representative democracy, voting is the method by the which the electorate appoints its representatives in its government.

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Voting is perhaps the most important thing a citizen can do to support their democratic form of government.

Democracy system :

A democracy is a system in which the people have a voice in the decisions of their community or nation. Voting has long been the method used to determine the will of the citizenry. Without a vote, a citizen is essentially voiceless.

Importance of Vote :

Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It enables the citizens to choose their own government. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens.

In a democracy, every eligible citizen should be able to vote, including members of the military and civilians scattered across the globe.

Every vote counts :

Your Vote Always Counts, So Be a Responsible Voter. It’s your civic duty as an Indian  to vote, and a precious Indian right. Remember that your vote always counts – not just in close elections, but in every election.

So  Come out.  WALK TO VOTE.  EVERY VOTE IS PRECIOUS. 

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Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

Elections will be held in seven phases. The EC announced the General Elections 2019 Schedule in New Delhi. After the announcement of the election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.

The Election Commission had convened a meeting to assess preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections. In the meeting, Polls in Jammu and Kashmir was also reportedly discussed.

Importance of voting in a democracy :

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Code of conduct – election dates :

According to Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, “ the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014”.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. As soon as the elections dates were announced, the model code of conduct came into force.

Lok sabha 2019 : elections dates announced :

The 543 elected Members of the Parliament will be elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post-voting. The President of India nominates an additional two members from the Anglo-Indian community if he believes the community is under-represented.

Eligible voters must be Indian citizens, 18 or older, an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency and possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India.

Some people convicted of electoral or other offences are barred from voting.

Karnataka Elections dates declared :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.
Karnataka will send 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

Total number of LS seats in Karnataka: 28

Here are the dates and number of seats that will go on polls

Phase II– The election will be held on April 18 on 14 seats.

Bengaluru votes on April 18.

Phase III– The election will be held on April 23 on 14 seats. 

Election dates – Filing of Nomination  :

According to the EC, for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

For those 14 constituencies going to the polls on April 23, the last date for filing nominations is April 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is April 8.

Elections dates in Karnataka :

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka

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Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Different phases of voting :

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling.Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

Neutral voters :

Neutral voters are being wooed by the political parties using social media.  AS elections dates are announced, Congress party targets BJP turf social media in the coming General elections 2019

Chasing of voters has begun.  The political parties are targeting neutral voters with the help of voter intelligence software.  The parties are planning to tap every voter thru automated phone calls, text messages and WhatsApp messages.

Role of social media – general elections dates declared 2019 :

Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019.  This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.

The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.

India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people.  The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.

Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections.  According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%. 

“Walk to vote” – elections dates announced :


Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. In many countries, the minimum age for voting is 18 years.

Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Right to vote:

Right to vote energizes social awareness since it empowers political cooperation. The citizens can follow the progress of the political representatives and the legislature.

This consistent process enables the general population to settle on educated choices about whom to vote in favor of in the following term. Also, the legislature can’t generally act arbitrarily when the entire nation is observing.

Every adult is given the right to vote, irrespective of sex, class, occupation and so forth. This is representative of uniformity and congruity.

It is a fundamental right in which all citizens get an opportunity to choose who represents them.

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Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) has announced its candidate for Mandya.   Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda makes entry into politics from Mandya.

Nikhil Gowda – Janata Dal (S) :

The 28 year old is seen as the heir to Kumaraswamy’s legacy.  Sources say he is being pushed to contest elections because of his father’s deteriorating health.

The Janata Dal (S) party is demanding 12 seats out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State from its alliance Congress party.

“A few party leaders from Mandya have been pressing me to contest the LS Polls.  As the Chief Minister’s son, I have some responsibilities.  If the party leaders decide that I have to contest the elections, I have no choice” Nikhil said.

Congress +Janata Dal (S) alliance :

Nikhil’s candidature will mark the entry of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s second grandson into electoral politics, as the Janata Dal (S) supremo has already indicated that Prajwal Revanna is likely to be the party candidate from Hassan.

INC + JDS

The assertion to claim Mandya came as Congress and JD(S) have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together but are yet to finalize a seat-sharing arrangement.

H.D.Kumaraswamy on Janata Dal (S) Seat from Mandya :

“Mandya candidate will be from JD(S), there is no question of our party going back. If Nikhil Kumaraswamy has to contest the election, we will not flee to Mysuru or any other place.If he contests, he will contest from Mandya,” he said, adding his family has grown in politics from struggle, and there was no question of going elsewhere fearing somebody.

Kumaraswamy’s comment comes days after Mrs. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of the late actor-turned-politician M H Ambareesh, expressed strong intentions to contest from Mandya on a Congress ticket.

Reaction of Sumanalatha Ambareesh on Janatal Dal (S) candidacy :

Mrs. Sumalatha said that she was still waiting for response from Congress to her willingness to contest from Mandya. 

Addressing media she quoted that she was not interest in announcements by other political parties.  “I am yet to hear anything officially from the Congress. I will not take any decisions until I hear from the party” she said.

Conclusion :

Many citizens view Karnataka politics becoming political dynasty.  At one time, Mulayam’s family had 7 law makers in Uttar Pradesh .  Lalu Prasad had as many as 10 law makers in Bihar.  Now it is Karnataka’s turn.  Gowda’s Janata Dal (S) will have 7 members now.

To know more about Janata Dal (S) candidates in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Read : https://www.bangalorean.com/politics/bengaluru-north-s-m-krishna-vs-deve-gowda/

Neutral voters – social media – General elections 2019

Neutral voters are being wooed by the political parties using social media.  Congress party targets BJP turf social media in the coming General elections 2019

Use of social media to woo Neutral voters

Chasing of voters has begun.  The political parties are targeting neutral voters with the help of voter intelligence software.  The parties are planning to tap every voter thru automated phone calls, text messages and WhatsApp messages.

Congress party to target Neutral voters :

Congress party wants to modify its social media cell after getting reports on its internal analysis.  The social medial cell is not doing much to tap the neutral voters on social media where the BJP is ahead.

The congress party has 8600 WhatsApp groups.  This covers approximately 40 in 224 constituencies. 

The parties content is being pushed to reach neutral voters thro social media.  The congress party is presently putting in place a structure for its social media operations that did not exist before.

Facebook and Twitter are s the top performers for the Congress party in the state to reach voters and neutral voters. 

BJP’s claim on social media :

The BJP party claims to have 15000 WhatsApp groups in Karnataka.  The party is expecting to increase the number to around 25000 groups.   The political party claims to have formed groups by BJP supporters where the party is not involved.

BJP Karnataka Social media cell convenor claims that the party’s content is great.   That is the reason why it is reaching a lot of people.

Social media to target neutral voters :

Social media has become a new age battlefield.  It has transformed the picture of Indian politics.  The present day are the days of tweet and hashtag wars. 

Targeting Neutral voters thru social media

Social media has transformed the way political parties connect and reach to the voters and neutral voters.  It is not a campaign tool but a platform for free expression. 

In Karnataka most of the parties have their own IT cells. 

Twitter is to set the political agenda, WhatsApp to act as a distributional channel and facebook helps disseminate information.

Campaign by parties – Neutral voters :

Most political campaigns are driven by data about target groups, voters and neutral voters.  Approximately 40% of the registered voters in India are online users.  The number is growing fast.

Conclusion :

Political parties see in investing in social media as a long term investment.  It is not only a strategy during elections but also help make opinions.

However, this raises an important question of where parties and startups are getting their database from. Especially with questions on data privacy raised in the backdrop of the Cambridge  Analytica scandal. 

For more information : https://www.bangalorean.com/politics/whatsapp-facebook-social-media-campaign/

Seat sharing – Lok sabha elections 2019

Seat sharing bickering has started in Karnataka.  JD(S) Demands 12 Lok Sabha Seats in Karnataka; Congress Says ‘No Confusion’ in Seat-sharing.

Deve Gowda said the seat sharing will be on a 2:1 formula. According to which, 11 seats should come to the JD(S). The party was seeking one extra seat, noting that differences, if any, would be sorted out after discussion with Congress president.

Pressure on both parties – seat sharing :

The congress party is under immense pressure to finalize  the list of the candidates  for the upcoming lok sabha elections 2019. 

Karnataka has 28 seats out of which BJP is currently holding 16, congress with 10 and JD(S) 2 numbers.

The blueprint for seat-sharing would first be discussed at the state level by the coalition coordination committee.  The committee will be chaired by senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah and then will be finalized by the heads of both the parties. 

Seat sharing basis :

 After the formation of the coalition government, the formula of 2:1 was adopted in allocating portfolios, boards and corporations. Naturally, the same formula will apply to Lok Sabha seats.

According to the formula, 11 seats should come to the JD(S) and the party was seeking one extra seat.

Many congress leaders expressed concern over confusion among workers of both parties.  The coalition duo face the poll as allies.  But they have their eyes definitely on some seats.

Decision on seat sharing in the Lok Sabha elections:

Sharing of seats in old Mysuru is not favorite to both the parties.  JD(S) has set eyes on Tumakkuru and Chikkaballapura which are currently represented by the Congress.  But the congress party is in no mood to part with these seats.

The congress is ready to forgo Bengaluru North to JD(S), if JD(S) supremo H.D.Deve Gowda decides to contest from there.  However finalization of tickets will depend on the seat sharing agreement between the alliance partners.

No Support :

The congress party has decided not to extend support to Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh and actor Prakash Raj if they contest independently.  Mandya is a JD(S) stronghold.  Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh is being under pressure to contest from Mandya. 

Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central.  But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress.  As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.

The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.

Bengaluru North – S.M.Krishna Vs. Deve Gowda????

Bengaluru North constituency is going to see a tough fight.  Speculations are on who is going to contest the elections. 

BJP might field former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M.Krishna  to prevent the candidature of JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda.

Bengaluru North Constituency

S.M.Krishna to represent Bengaluru North :

Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna (born 1 May 1932) is a politician who served as Minister of External Affairs from 2009 to October 2012.

As a member of congress :

 A member of the Indian Parliament in the Rajya Sabha,  Krishna was the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the 19th Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.

S.M.Krishna

Krishna resigned as a member of INC on 29 January 2017 quoting that the party was in a “state of confusion” on whether it needed mass leaders or not. He also complained of having been sidelined by the party and that the party was “dependent on managers and not time-tested people like himself. 

As a member of BJP :

After speculations on his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, he formally joined the party in March.

Speculations are high whether BJP is going to field S.M.Krishna for the Bengaluru North Constituency.

Bengaluru north – Deve Gowda:

Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda (born 18 May 1933)  is an Indian politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. He was previously the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996.

Deve Gowda

He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Hassan constituency of Karnataka and is the National President of the Janata dal (Secular) party. 

The JD(S) party is speculating to field Deve Gowda for the Bengaluru north constituency.

Big Fight – Bengaluru North :

Karnataka’s Bengaluru North Parliamentary constituency might witness a high-voltage battle between two senior leaders, former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.

The move could be the saffron party’s strategy to pre-empt Gowda’s possible candidature, since BJP feels Gowda would be hesitant to take on Krishna in a direct battle.

Big fight at Bengaluru North

Both Gowda and Krishna are former chief ministers of Karnataka, and belong to the Vokkaliga community. However, they have never had a direct face-off with each other.

BJP feels that while Krishna has a positive image in Bengaluru for developing it as an Information Technology (IT) hub, the JD(S) is trying to make inroads there by fielding a tall leader like Gowda. JD(S) currently has two Lok Sabha members.

Conclusion  – Bengaluru North constituency :

The general view is that the JD(S) wants to strengthen its electoral base is Bengaluru.  The party wants to field former Prime minister Deve Gowda.  The party wants to consolidate the vokkaliga vote bank in the city to snatch all three seats from the BJP.

S.M.Krishna is from the Vokkaliga community.  This might likely split the JD(S) vote bank.  According to some reports, BJP believes that Deve Gowda may backout of the context to avoid a face-off with S.M.Krishna.

Social Media platform – General Elections 2019

Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019.  This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.

Different social platforms available

Role of Social Media :

The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.

India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people.  The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.

different platforms icons

Election campaigning is slowly shifting towards the digital arena.  The ruling BJP has been the leader of using social media as well as mass media to its advantage in the 2014 general election.

Major Windfall – Social media :

Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections.  According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%. 

Top social media networking sites

The media major facebook is going to take a major share. According to experts Facebook alone is going to get Rs.10000 crore ad money while the rest of social media gets Rs.2000 crore.

Political parties using social media :

The size of digital user base has increased rapidly compared to 2014 general elections.  The consumption of digital content has increased in recent years.

Political parties to use social media platforms

All political parties have social media strategy teams.  Elections are the major factor that will lead to an increase in advertisement spends in social media.

Google’s transparency :

Google is  introducing  an India specific Political Advertising Transparency Report.  A searchable Political Ads Library  will provide information about who is purchasing election ads on Google platforms.  How much money is being spent?  The report and the library will go live in March 2019. 

Google said it is also updating its election ads policy for India and the policy requires that advertisers running election ads in India provide a pre-certificate issued by the Election Commissioner.  

Conclusion :

Politics and media share a complex co-ordinated relationship. Media, politics and elections are interlinked together.  Social media platforms have become essential ground for the discussion of political narratives.