In the week leading to the Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to take place in seven phases from April 11 to May 19, Republic TV and CVoter have published the National Approval Ratings - the biggest opinion poll ahead of the all-important elections.
In Karnataka, where assembly elections were held less than a year ago, the election will witness the pre-poll alliance between the JD(S) and Congress facing the BJP.
KARNATAKA PROJECTIONS: In 28-seat Karnataka, NDA Projected To Emerge Victorious In A Neck-to-neck Contest With UPA
In Karnataka, 28 seats are up for grabs. The polls have projected that the NDA is the frontrunner, leading in 15 seats, while the coalition of Congress and JD(S), which is currently power in the state, is projected to be following close behind with 13 seats.
NDA: 15 seats
UPA: 13 seats
Speaking in terms of vote share, UPA leads the pack with a projected share of 46.8%. While as NDA is projected to garner 43.6% of the votes and other independent parties are set to garner 9.6% of the votes.
Recent political events:
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday raised fears about the possible income tax raids on Congress-JD(S) functionaries and claimed CRPF personnel have been brought from various parts of the country to carry out I-T raids in Karnataka. Following this, IT sleuths have raided Karnataka Minister CS Puttaraju's house in Mysuru and Mandya.
Alleging that the recent raids on one his party's minister in the state were done by the I-T under the orders of BJP, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has claimed that the BJP was ready to pay a lot of money to Kumaraswamy so that they could ally and form the government in the state.
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy has said that HD Deve Gowda won't be contesting for Prime Minister's Post, but an advisor if Mahagathbandhan comes to power. On the other hand, Kumaraswamy continues to face disgruntlement from his ally Congress over seat-sharing in certain key constituencies.
Karnataka is set to vote in two phases. In the second phase, on April 18, polls will be held for 14 constituencies while the remaining 14 constituencies will vote in the third phase on April 23.
The polling will take place in seven phases for all the 29 states and seven Union Territories beginning from April 11 to May 7, 2019. The results will be announced on May 23, 2019.