But the election analysts made it a different ball game by attributing it to the growth of saffron parties" says Prof PL Dharma who teaches political sociology at the Mangalore University But then coastal Karnataka has always voted for different alliances or gathbandhans by shuffling them on and off when it comes to the state Assembly polls and the General Elections In 2013 the region threw its weight behind a debilitated Congress party in the elections to thestate Assembly But they voted for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections en masse that followed immediately In other words while the region (Mangaluru Udupi and Chikmagalur) sent 10 Congress representatives to the state Assembly in the 2013 polls BJP’s tally was two while a sole independent made it to the ‘Mantralaya’ Fast forward to the 2014 General Elections when brand Modi swept the polls BJP bagged all the three seats from the region with Congress drawing a blank These diverse trends by backing different political coalitions for the Assembly polls and General Elections have been evident from previous elections as well (Source: Election commission of India website) Though critics of the Sangh Parivar were scared of the ‘imminent’ saffronisation of the coastal region the people proved them wrong yet again by choosing two legislators each from the Janata Dal (Secular) the BJP and the Congress in the neighbouring district of Uttara Kannada during the Assembly elections in 2008 InUdupi however BJP took four out of five seats with Congress winning a lone seat in Karkala "Karnataka missed the Modi wave by less than a year and when it goes to polls in 2018 the BJP hopes and yearns that the Modi wave will be still there and it will be a litmus test for the saffron party on the coast Let us not forget that the coast of Karnataka has been nicknamed as the laboratory of Hindutva and any upsets here will have a telling effect on state politics" former BJP MLA from Puttur K Ram Bhat said The highlight of the 2003 elections was that the Bhatkal constituency a densely Muslim populated area in Uttara Kannada district voted for Shivananda Naik of BJP leaving the political pundits and psephologists who bankheavily on religious profiling of the electorate to forecast the poll verdict in their pre-poll analysis with egg all over on their faces It may also be recalled that in 1996 BJP MLA from Bhatkal Dr U Chittaranjan was shot dead but since then a number of socio-political changes have taken place there as the voters have accepted the fact that no partisan politics will ensure that Bhatkal becomes a safe place to live says Rathnakar Kamath a local political analyst This town known for its traders was once infamous for communal clashes but during the last three to four Assembly elections the region remained peaceful he adds However the swing in favour of BJP has been more pronounced in the Lok Sabha elections In the 2014 elections the coastal areas chose to vote for the BJP giving all the three seats to the saffron party This is partly attributed to the Modi-fication wave that took the nation by storm In the last three elections BJP has swept all the three Lok Sabha seats (Source: Election commission of India website) Therefore in hindsight one could see no paradigm shift in the voting pattern and preferences of political parties and ideology among the coastal Karnataka voters; one could only say that it is a mixed bag Notably the role of fence sitters or the so-called independents has faded fast in both Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in the region Further regional parties could only make minimal nuisances on the electoral scene and had very little say in thepoll verdict That is why parties like JDS did not grow on the coastal belt but for leaving a few blips on the political radar To the frustration of the saffron brigade the rise of BJP had been slow in the coastal belt of the state while the slide of the Congress party in the popularity chart has been secular The fast fading clout of the Congress in the region was cushioned to a greater extent by the support of Left parties and their allies since they are equally wary of the saffronisation of the region This is more so because the Islamic outfits usually aligned with the Left parties and the Social Democratic Party of India spares no efforts to keep this delicate balance of power between the ‘secular’ and ‘fundamentalist’ parties It is not that the BJP was sitting pretty on the coastal belt of Karnataka; it too had its share of political troubles Halady Srinivas Shetty a BJP MLA has had a humiliating experience when he was called to take oath as a minister in the last cabinet reshuffle by the previous BJP government that ran the state during 2008-13 He was called to the Raj Bhavan but was denied entry which enraged his followers And he left BJP in a huff and decided to contest the elections as an independent candidate in 2013 and won Mangaluru MP Nalin Kumar Kateel got away with a rap on the knuckles by his party for making a provocative statement saying that "Mangaluru would burn if the government arrested RSS strongman Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat" in a speech at Kalladka before a fortnight-long communal flare-up The coastal Kannada is not fully insulated against the caste conflicts from the ‘malnad’ areas The Udupi Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha constituency was formed after the delimitation of the Lok Sabha constituencies in 2008 There was another constituency with two districts making up for one seat – the Mysore-Kodagu constituency While in Chikkamagalur-Udupi constituency one can see a clear division of voter preference between the Assembly segments the Mysore-Kodagu seat remains relatively tranquil So it seems that coastal Karnataka still remains elusive for the khaki shorts and saffron flags Part 1:Mangaluru’s present identity as hotbed of communal tension sharply contrasts with its peaceful past Part 2:Mangaluru sees uptick in vigilante violence as politically-backed Hindutva fringe groups multiply The author is a Mangaluru based freelance writer and a member of101Reporterscom a pan-India network of grassroots reporters PRAGUE (Reuters) – Thousands of Czechs protested against Andrej Babis in dozens of cities on Tuesday a day before his second appointment as prime minister and his second attempt at forming a government Babis and his ANO party won the most seats in parliament in elections last October but lacked a majority He has run a caretaker administration since their minority government lost a no-confidence vote in January Other parties shunned ANO because Babis faced criminal charges dating back a decade He denies the charges President Milos Zeman is due to appoint Babis prime minister again on Wednesday after Babis reached an agreement on a coalition with Social Democratic party (CSSD) The agreement is now subject to a referendum among CSSD members The result is expected in mid-June The two parties will only have 93 votes combined in the 200-seat lower chamber of parliament so they will still need to lean on the Communist party for support The prospect of Communists who ran Czechoslovakia’s Soviet-era dictatorship before 1989 getting a share of power again sparked Tuesday’s protests The largest crowd assembled in Wenceslas Square in downtown Prague where people listened to speeches and songs criticising and mocking Babis over his past as a Communist party member "I don’t care about politics at all really but now I feel that it is necessary for the future of my children to go to the streets" Vaclav Bozdech 56 told Reuters at the protest in Prague (Reporting by Jiri Skacel writing by Robert Muller editing by Larry King) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed If this can be taken as a trend,S. then something must be wrong.

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