The BJP is facing the heat of inflation ahead of local body elections in Karnataka

Bangalore | CHENNAI: The rise in prices of daily necessities, reflected in the recent rise in inflation, may worry the ruling BJP in Karnataka, which is heading for local body elections a year before the Assembly elections, but Tamil Nadu and Kerala have proved that pain. Mitigation is possible through strong public distribution system (PDS) and targeted facilities like free bus ride for women.

While Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have higher inflation rates, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have lower rates.

There are no elections in the near future to deal with the DMK, but after the Karnataka elections, elections are scheduled to be held in Telangana in December next year. All the major regional parties in South India, including the TDP in Andhra Pradesh, the DMK in Tamil Nadu, the TRS in Telangana and the JDS in Karnataka, are attacking the central government, especially for raising fuel prices.

The ruling BJP in Karnataka is facing an immediate threat as elections are scheduled for its civic body in Bangalore and for panchayat bodies across the state. The party is struggling to get out of the legal quagmire after the Supreme Court recently ruled that state election authorities should conduct urban and rural local body elections after their terms expire.

Rising prices, along with volatile incomes following the loss of livelihoods through the Covid-19 epidemic, have fueled dissatisfaction among the working class. Opposition parties have now begun to use economic pressure to set the political agenda.

“They have very little money left because their earnings have not increased in the last three or four years. The ruling BJP is well aware of this, and they are reluctant to cover up their failures on issues that affect people’s lives. Congress MLA Krishna Bayre Gowda, who had earlier represented Karnataka in the GST Council, said, “Much depends on how well we explain this to the people in the Congress during the upcoming elections and how we deal with the BJP campaign.”

BJP leaders are also worried as Karnataka’s urban inflation is close to 7%. The party has consistently built its base in urban pockets, and they do not want to reduce inflation in its vote-bank.

However, Samir Kagalkar, convener of the BJP Economic Cell in Karnataka, said that a set of external factors such as the failure of the regime like the UPA regime and the Ukraine war could cause a set of external factors and supply chain disruptions and lockdowns. By Kovid-19 epidemic. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed the economy very well in challenging circumstances, and the voters are well aware of it,” he said.

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