India's political parties battle over southern state

People listen as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a BJP rally in Bangalore on May 3 ahead of the crucial election in Karnataka.
People listen as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a BJP rally in Bangalore on May 3 ahead of the crucial election in Karnataka.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Karnataka sees close fight as Congress and BJP focus on IT to woo urban voters

With the crucial election in Karnataka just a week away, the Indian state's ruling Congress party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are pulling out all the stops to woo voters.

The southern state, home to the country's information technology (IT) hub of Bengaluru, is going to the polls on May 12, in which the BJP is engaged in a tough battle against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and incumbent Congress Chief Minister K. Siddaramaiah.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2018, with the headline 'India's political parties battle over southern state'. Print Edition | Subscribe