Karnataka polls: Small parties plan to make a big impact

City State

The 2018 elections will see plenty of new players entering the political arena.

By Bhakti Makwana, Priyanka Pathak and Nilanjana Roy

Bangalore, April 11, 2018: A number of small political parties have emerged and will be contesting in the state assembly elections to be held on May 12.

The Sampoorna Bharat Kranti Party, headed by Snehlata Tyagi, national party president, will contest for 50 seats from 224 constituencies in alliance with the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha.

“Our vision is to bring economical improvement in the nation by making it corruption free. We also want to work for the farmer community by pushing forward the river joining campaign,” said Anand V, the party’s Karnataka President.

A party member Basavaraj said that the party is influenced by ideologies of Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B R Ambedkar. “Our party aims to make one rupee equal to one dollar after coming to power,” he added.

Pro-kannada outfit, Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha’s party president, Vatal Nagaraj, will be contesting from 100 constituencies in Karnataka, out of which 15 are from Bangalore.

He added he will file his nomination on April 17, when submission of nomination begins, and will start visiting places around in Karnataka like Belgavi and Dharwad to canvass for his campaign.

Interestingly, he said that he won’t allow Tamil films to release in Karnataka in response to the protests happening in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery water issue.

The All India Mahila Empowerment Party (MEP) is to contest 224 seats and aims to declare the names of 75 per cent of the candidates by April 15.

The party aims at improving the political, social and economic sectors in Karnataka.

The president, Ms. Nowhera Shaik, stated in the press release, “We are contesting on a platform of social justice and equality for all. The welfare of the down trodden and oppressed groups is our main aim. We are especially concerned about the welfare of the voiceless women who face the maximum discrimination and economic suffering.”

The long term goal of the party is to compete in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and change the overall picture of India.

Other new political parties on the block gearing themselves up to the elections are — Karnataka Pragyavanthe Jantha Party started by Upendra, Varthur Prakash’s Namma Congress, Jana Samanyara Paksha of Shivaram Karanth, Bhartiya Janashakti Congress by Anupama Shenoy and Rani Chenamma Party.