Vicky Nanjappa

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Hindutva, polarisation, anti-incumbency to decide outcome of elections in Coastal Karnataka

Coastal Karnataka has always been referred to as a laboratory of Hindutva politics.’ The question is whether this time the region would vote on these lines.

Coastal Karnataka is often referred to as a ‘laboratory of Hindutva politics’ and in 2018 the BJP won bagged 12 of the 13 seats in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

This time, the scenario could be a bit different, with various issues cropping up in Coastal Karnataka, the stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha leader, Praveen Nettaru and the hijab issue could be the polarising factor, there is also anti-incumbency that the BJP will have to deal with.

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