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Data Challenges BJP-JD(S) Claim of Winning All 28 Lok Sabha Seats

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Despite repeated assertions by functionaries of the BJP-JD(S) alliance that they would secure all 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, historical electoral data suggests otherwise. The claim stands in contrast to the fact that only once in the state’s history, in 1971, did the Congress manage to achieve such a sweeping victory.

During the 1971 elections, Congress, led by Indira Gandhi, faced significant opposition from the syndicate, including prominent figures like K Kamaraj and S Nijalingappa. Despite facing challenges, Indira’s “Garibi Hatao” campaign resonated nationally, leading to a landslide victory for Congress. However, allegations of election malpractice surfaced later on.

The absence of a strong regional party in Karnataka, unlike neighboring states Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, has contributed to the inability of any national party to sweep elections in the state. Efforts to establish regional parties or alternatives to national parties have been consistent among functionaries, further complicating electoral dynamics.

The historical context challenges the assertion of the BJP-JD(S) alliance’s dominance in the upcoming elections, highlighting the complexity of Karnataka’s political landscape.

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