How are Lingayats driving Karnataka Assembly election this time?
Karnatata Assembly election 2023: With Lingayat leaders, Jagadish Shettar and Laxman Savadi, leaving the BJP, the Congress is cashing in on portraying the saffron party as 'anti-Lingayat', leaving it in a huddle. Would Lingayats still vote for the BJP or settle in the Congress fold?
As the curtains rise for the Karnataka Assembly election 2023, due on 10 May, the two main contenders -- the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress -- are locked in a frenzied battle to woo the Lingayats -- a sect likely holding the key to the power in the state. To understand how the Lingayats could be driving the Karnataka Assembly election, we go back to 2018.