Karnataka is all set to witness a three-cornered fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular in the fray.
Polling in Karnataka will be held in a single phase on May 10, and the result will be declared on May 13.
No political party has won a successive mandate in the state since 1985 and the BJP is eager to rewrite this bit of history and retain its southern citadel.
However, it is facing a tough challenge from the Congress and the JD-S over the issues of corruption and alleged communalism.
Rediff Labs has developed a Sentiment Meter for the 2023 battle of Karnataka.
A mathematical model is used to calculate how seat distribution will be altered as sentiment/percentage of votes towards a contesting political party changes. Based on the change, each constituency is marked with the winning party.
A swing represents that the victory margin is close to the runner-up party.
Move the pointer on the Sentiment Meter (depending on who you think will get more votes) towards the political parties to see how the outcome is likely to change.
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