The vast number of Telugu-speaking people in Karnataka state are all set to give a major shock to Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP in the forthcoming Assembly Elections.
After Kannadigas and Urdus, Telugu-speaking population are the third largest group in Karnataka. With Telugu people are fuming over BJP for the gross injustice meted out to AP, Telugu people in unison are expected to shock the BJP’s central leadership. Denying of the promised Special Category Status, funds, financial assistance, incomplete works of Polavaram, denial of Special Railway Zone to Vizag, delay in sanctioning funds to the premier national institutes have all left an indelible mark in the minds, hearts of Telugu people who are burning with anger against BJP.
The Telugu-speaking older migrants, who have been settled in Karnataka for long, are accounted at 16 to 20 percentage in 1991 census. This is considerable vote percentage to topple the BJP candidates.
The Tamil population in Karnataka too is large. They are also around 10 percentage. While the Tamil population is vexed with BJP’s political plans in their state and the ongoing demand to form the Cauvery Water Board, a chunk of Tamilians may not vote for BJP.
Urdus account for the second-largest population in Karntaka. With the contest of MIM in the state, these votes are expected to be divided as well. All the Urdu voters are mostly against to BJP.
This apart, the incumbent Siddaramaiah government has its own vote share, fan base. At the same time, BJP and Kumaraswamy-led Janata Dal (Secular) are struggling. The only silver lining for BJP is the unofficial understanding between JD (Secular) and BJP. Yet, the allegations of corruption against BJP’s senior leaders in the state have incurred a great damage to the party in the state and it is very difficult to overcome that image anytime sooner. On the whole, the ambition of Amit Shah, Modi to capture Karnataka looks very far from reality.