Bangalore: An IT magnate and the broom
The BJP has a distinct advantage: all the three sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) from the city are from the party.
The party is in majority in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), with 113 councilors.
The Congress, which according to the CNN-IBN Election Tracker, is doing fairly well in the rest of the state, seems at a disadvantage in Bangalore. It has 63 councilors, two of them have been expelled from the party during last Assembly elections.
To add to its cup of woes, three councilors (Govindaraju of Ganesh Mandir ward, Avvai of Sudhamanagar and Gowramma of Azadnagar) have corruption charges filed against them by the state Lokayukta.
The other party, the Janata Dal (Secular) of former Prime Minister Deve Gowda has two MLAs in Bangalore North Lok Sabha constituency. The party’s prospect in parliamentary polls seems rather bleak.
Do will the porake yaatre (broomstick rally) muddy the waters. That’s to be seen.
Up for grabs in Bangalore from a total of 6,300 polling booths spread over three Lok Sabha constituencies — Bangalore South, North and Central.