BJP Penetrates the South
The Karnataka voters decided to back the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha elections. Less than a year earlier, the BJP had come to power in the state and was still clearly in the ‘honeymoon’ period. The BJP was able to further consolidate its position and the principal opposition, the Congress party, was unable to recover from the defeat it suffered in the Assembly elections a year earlier. The BJP was able to build upon the social coalition it had created and was swept into most of the seats in Northern and Coastal Karnataka. In the Old Mysore Region it faced stiff competition from both the Congress and the Janata Dal(S). The BJP victory in Karnataka was not a vote to endorse the performance of the State government, but was clearly a show of indulgence by the electorate towards a ruling party in the state which had just been voted to power.
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