Caste and Party a Volatile Mix in Karnataka

Siddaramaiah of Congress re-elected Chief Minister of Karnataka, taking office on May 20th after 2013-2018 tenure.

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D. K. Shivakumar becomes Deputy CM, Karnataka's history shows chief ministers struggle to complete their terms.

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Anomaly roots in 20th-century unification movement, uniting regions with a common Kannada language.

Regionalized politics in Karnataka, requiring coalitions for effective governance due to diverse electoral dynamics.

Congress historically dominated Karnataka for around 50 of its 66 years, with caste influencing electoral outcomes.

Rajeev Gandhi's action led Lingayat community to support BJP under B. S. Yediyurappa, a loyalty that persists.

Lingayat-Congress capture led to Vokkaliga's rise under H. D. Devegowda, JD formation, and political changes.

Kumaraswamy followed father Devegowda as CM, Ahinda alliance emerged, shaping Karnataka politics for 30 years.

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