What effects will the BJP-JD(S) alliance have on Karnataka?
H D Kumaraswamy, a former chief minister of karnataka and leader of the Janata Dal (Secular), declared on friday that his organisation has joined the national democratic alliance (NDA), which is run by the bharatiya janata party (BJP). Just over six months out from the 2024 general elections and following the Congress's triumph in the karnataka assembly elections, the JD (S) has decided to join the NDA. What political effects might the BJP-JD(S) alliance have in Karnataka? These three graphs attempt to provide an answer to that query.
What effect does it have on the state's regional politics?
The JD (S) has primarily been a political force in southern karnataka, which is also the region where it has a protracted conflict with the Congress. Before the 2018 karnataka assembly elections, the bjp did not have a significant presence in the area. This was altered in the 2019 lok sabha elections, when the bjp won 25 out of the 28 lok sabha constituencies thanks to an alliance between the congress and the JD (S). The JD(S)'s troubles were only made worse by the 2023 assembly elections, which saw a two-way erosion of their vote share, even in their regional stronghold, in favour of both the bjp and the Congress. In light of this situation, the JD(S)'s choice to join forces with the bjp appears to be a survival tactic.