Bengaluru: The state of Karnataka has never in history had such polarizing politics as it did in 2022. The agenda for the upcoming assembly elections in 2023 (the provisional elections will be held in less than four months) is clear for the political parties.
This polarization was seen only during the Ayodhya movement. The situation, however, was under control and after a certain period the situation returned to normal. But the communal polarization following the hijab crisis has affected the majority of the population and society remains deeply divided.
The series of developments following the policy decisions seems to have affected the psyche of the people of Karnataka as well. The events in Karnataka attracted global attention for all the wrong reasons.
The BJP government makes it clear that it will fight the elections on Hindutva platform. Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar also raised doubts that the Mangaluru blast case was out of proportion to the ruling party’s electoral gains.
The police department also questioned declaring the incident as an act of terror.
Recently, Shivakumar accused the ruling BJP of fearing the popularity of the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi, that the BJP government is bringing out the fears of Covid-19 in the country.
The Karnataka unit of Congress has officially declared that according to internal polls the party would win with a comfortable majority in Karnataka.
The BJP, on the other hand, has introduced the Anti-Cow Slaughter Act, introduced the Anti-Conversion Act, revamped the school curriculum, introduced content on Veer Savarkar, removed the glorification of the ruler Tipu Sultan of Mysuru, made a rule to boycott hijab in classrooms, has accepted the boycott. to do business in Hindu religious businesses and prices of Muslim traders recently installed a portrait of Veer Savarkar in the assembly hall of Belagavi Suvarna Soudha, making it very clear that Hindutva will be the main agenda in the upcoming elections. for the party
The bitter war of words between BJP national general secretary BL Santhosh and former CM and JD-S leader HD Kumaraswamy has clearly indicated the calculations of the saffron party in the old Mysuru region, which is considered as JD-S’s bastion.
Santhosh launched a scathing attack on the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and termed it a party of a family where only family and relatives shared power. Kumaraswamy asked Santhosh what kind of connection he has with Karnataka. He stated that he can also provide the list of politicians from BJP families.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has declared that he will install JD-S in power. Kumaraswamy warns Santhosh that he will have to come to his doorstep after the elections.
On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will also make its presence felt in the state. State collector Prithvi Reddy repeatedly talks about his party’s alternative policies, which national parties can never take.
Experts say Karnataka is at a crossroads and the outcome of the 2023 assembly elections will decide the state’s path.