The second phase of assembly elections for 2023 begins on May 10, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI), when Karnataka go to polls in a single-phase on May 10. The counting of votes will take place on May 13
Announcing this, CEC Rajiv Kumar said that the term of the current assembly will expire on May 24. A total of 5.21 crore people are eligible to exercise their right to franchise, including 2.62 crore male and 2.59 crore women.
Karnataka is the only state in the south where the BJP has been in power, and in the 2018 election, it emerged as the single-largest party, winning 104 seats in the 224-member assembly.
The Congress, on the other hand, won 80 seats, while the Janata Dal’s (Secular) tally stood at 37. After the election, however, the Congress and JD(S) formed a coalition government, with the latter’s HD Kumaraswamy taking oath as the chief minister.
In July 2019, a rebellion by some Congress-JD(S) legislators led to the collapse of the coalition government, and the BJP’s return to power under BS Yediyurappa, the saffron party’s tallest leader in the state.
In July 2021, Yediyurappa stepped aside to make way for Basavaraj Bommai, the incumbent chief minister.