What parties will need to look at after Karnataka
- In India’s states, it is still regional parties that hold greater sway than both front line parties
The verdict of the Karnataka Assembly elections on Saturday gives all key actors plenty to think about. For the Congress, the simple majority comes as vindication for staying the course with recent strategic choices, like the Bharat Jodo Yatra by its leader Rahul Gandhi. For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the verdict is a moment to consider how much the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi alone can swing a result, and its own imperative to build stronger state leadership. For other parties, Karnataka is a window to warding off the BJP’s formidable political machinery while ensuring they have a significant seat on the national table.