Lok Sabha Polls In Karnataka- 2nd Phase

April 30, 2009


Gowda vs the rest

Billed a prestigious constituency, this segment is keenly fought between Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda and the BJP.

Seat held by JD(S)


Epic battle

The most-watched constituency in Karnataka. It has acquired importance as CM B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra is in the fray against warhorse and former CM S Bangarappa from the Congress. Here, women voters outnumber men. Caste and cash are playing a vital role.

Seat vacant after S Bangarappa, resigned to join the Congress


Business rivalry

It is a straight contest between two business families, which also run education institutions. BJP’s current MP G M Siddeshwar is seeking to retain his seat for a second term, while Congress S S Mallikarjun, son of KPCC treasurer and Davanagere South MLA Shamnur Shivashankarappa, is locked in a tough contest with him.

Seat held by BJP


Tough fight for BJP

It’s a straight fight between sitting MP Prahlad Joshi of the BJP and Manjunath Kunnur of the Congress, termed a habitual turncoat

New constituency carved out of Dharwad North and South


Keen contest

A keen contest is on the cards between the BJP and the Congress here. JD(S) is also in the race, but its candidate, at best, may play a spoilsport.

New constituency


Proxy battle

A three-cornered contest is on here and has become a proxy battle between followers of former deputy CM Siddaramaiah and party senior Mallikarjun M Kharge, who has stepped down from the CLP leader’s post.

Seat held by JD(S)


Stiff competition

The contest here is between H Vishwanath of Congress and BJP’s C H Vijayashankar. Twotime MP, Vijayashankar is facing a stiff competition from his Congress opponent, who is seeking to make it to Parliament after defeat in the assembly polls in May 2008

Seat held by BJP


Cong-BJP clash

The fight is between J T Patil of Congress (belonging to Reddy community) and Gaddigoudar of BJP (Ganiga community).

Seat held by BJP


JD(S)’s clear edge

Battle for power at the Vokkaliga heartland is between sitting MP MH Ambareesh (Congress) and former minister N Chaluvarayaswamy of JD(S).

Seat held by Congress


The heat is on

The contest is between poll veteran, former KPCC president B Janardhana Poojary, and greenhorn Nalin Kumar Kateel (BJP).

Seat held by BJP


War on new turf

A new constituency carved out of Udupi and Chikmagalur. State BJP president D V Sadananda Gowda shifted here from Mangalore and takes on K Jayaprakash Hegde (Congress). JD(S) has made way for the CPI.

Source: Times of India

Lok Sabha Election 2009 – Karnataka Parliamentary Constituencies

April 23, 2009



Holiday on polls day is must: Software & Private Employees

April 22, 2009

It seems that most of the Software firms and private firms did not declared a holiday thereby not allowing their employees to use their franchise.

This is illegal as per the “Representation of People act 1951” and the companies can be fined.

Loksabha Elections -2009 Predict who will form government

April 22, 2009

Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll

April 22, 2009

1 [135B Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll.—

(1) Every person employed in any business, trade, industrial undertaking or any other establishment and entitled to vote at an election to the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly of a State shall, on the day of poll, be granted a holiday.

(2) No deduction or abatement of the wages of any such person shall be made on account of a holiday having been granted in accordance with sub-section (1) and if such person is employed on the basis that he would not ordinarily receive wages for such a day, he shall nonetheless be paid for such day the wages he would have drawn had not a holiday been granted to him on that day.

(3) If an employer contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), then such employer shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

(4) This section shall not apply to any elector whose absence may cause danger or substantial loss in respect of the employment in which he is engaged.

135C. Liquor not to be sold, given or distributed on polling day.—

(1) No spirituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature shall be sold, given or distributed at a hotel, eating house, tavern, shop or

any other place, public or private, within a polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in that polling area.

(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1), shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both.

(3) Where a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the sprituous, fermented or intoxicating liquors or other substances of a like nature found in his possession shall be liable to confiscation and the same shall be disposed of in such manner as may be prescribed.]

136. Other offences and penalties there for.—

(1) A person shall be guilty of an electoral offence if at any election he—

(a) Fraudulently defaces or fraudulently destroys any nomination paper; or

(b) Fraudulently defaces, destroys or removes any list, notice or other document affixed by or under the authority of a returning officer; or

(c) Fraudulently defaces or fraudulently destroys any ballot paper or the official mark on any ballot paper or any declaration of identity or official envelop used in connection with voting by postal ballot; or

(d) Without due authority supplies any ballot paper to any person 2[or receives any ballot paper from any person or is in possession of any ballot paper] ; or

(e) Fraudulently puts into any ballot box anything other than the ballot paper which he is authorised by law to put in; or

(f) Without due authority destroys, takes, opens or otherwise interferes with any ballot box or ballot papers then in use for the purposes of the election; or

(g) Fraudulently or without due authority, as the case may be, attempts to do any of the foregoing acts or wilfully aids or abets the doing of any such acts.

(2) Any person guilty of an electoral offence under this section shall,—

(a) if he is a returning officer or an assistant returning officer or a presiding officer at a polling station or any other officer or clerk employed on official duty in connection with the election, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both;

(b) if he is any other person, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine or with both.

(3) For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed to be on official duty if his duty is to take part in the conduct of an election or part of an election including the counting of votes or to be responsible after an election for the used ballot papers and other documents in connection with such election, but the expression “official duty ” shall not include any duty imposed otherwise than by or under this Act 3* * *.

4[(4) An offence punishable under sub-section (2) shall be cognizable.]

137. [Prosecution regarding certain offences.] Rep. by the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 1966 (47 of 1966), s. 61.

138. [Amendment of Act 5 of 1898.] Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (36 of 1957),

Lok Sabha polls- Dates State wise

April 21, 2009

J-K, UP April 16, 23, 30, May 7 and May 13

Bihar April 16, 23, 30 and May 7

Maharashtra April 16, 23, and 30

West Bengal April 30, May 7 and 13

Andhra Pradesh April 16 and 23

Assam April 16 and 23

Karnataka – April 23 and 30

Madhya Pradesh – April 23 and 30

Manipur April 16 and 23

Orissa April 16 and 23

Jharkhand  – April 16 and 23

Arunachal PradeshApril 16

Kerala April 16

Meghalaya April 16

Mizoram April 16

Nagaland April 16

Chhattisgarh – April 16

Goa April 23

Tripura – April 23

Gujarat April 30

Sikkim April 30

Delhi May 7

Haryana May 7

Rajasthan May 7

Punjab May 7 and May 13

Himachal Pradesh May 13

Tamil Nadu May 13

Uttarakhand May 13