Ramnagar, northern #Karnataka. Striking greenery!
Highway snack somewhere in north Karnataka's #Mango country. #farmfresh #KarnatakaElections2018
Even with so many diverging views about rival parties, both @BJP4Karnataka and @INCKarnataka supporters have an almost similar position on cm @siddaramaiah's state flag move. Most I spoke with in this region expressed discomfort on flag push. State pride, yes. But 🇮🇳 is flag!
After the end of a long day of shoot and travel in rural north Karnataka. #KarnatakaElections2018 @manjunath_kiran
of course didn't get the words but this was @BJP4Karnataka's campaigner in the interiors of Hassan. #KarnatakaElection2018
My piece on #KarnatakaElections2018 for @AFP -
"For Congress, it's their biggest and most prosperous state but for the BJP...it's important to perform well in southern India which has 130 national parliamentary seats for 2019," @nistula, in my @AFP report on elections in #India's Karnataka state.
afp.com/en/news/826/do…
My piece on an important electoral battle for India's main opposition Congress party. Karnataka state is one of its last big bastions. Translated in French for @afpfr. Thanks @alexandremd.

#KarnatakaElections2018-
"They have been systematically losing power in every state where they have ruled since 2014 and Karnataka is an opportunity to stem the trend," @SandeepShastri2, in my @AFP report on India's #KarnatakaElections2018 -

ph.news.yahoo.com/die-gandhis-co…
#KarnatakaElections2018

Today's flavours from #Karnataka. The first one is fresh plucked raw mango with salt and red chilli powder -
This is what it looks like on the highway to #bengaluru right now. Absolutely beautiful. Expect rains anytime! #KarnatakaElections2018
⛈️⛈️⛈️ 🌧️☔️
💯 to the presiding officer at this booth for his cool tattoos, football shoes, tee and ManU mobile cover! 👌👌

A first for me after attending so so many elections across India. #KarnatakaElections2018
Out of my one and a half day in #Bengaluru city so far, I think I've spent around 1/2 day stuck in different traffic jams in the city. The city's jams live up to their reputation! 🙏🏾 #KarnatakaElections2018
Voter card storm clouds key #Indian state election. My report for @AFP on #KarnatakaElections2018 from Bengaluru - sg.news.yahoo.com/voter-card-sto…
While @narendramodi hopes to finally have a foothold in #India's southern region -- after the results are declared on Tuesday, @RahulGandhi led main opposition party wants it to be a start of reversal in its plummeting electoral fortunes. My @AFP report:
Exits polls on #KarnatakaElections2018 after an impressive 70 percent voter turnout for state elections.
This is from the local Kannada channels. @BJP4Karnataka leads close to half way mark. #KarnatakaVerdict -

With this #KarnatakaVerdict, @BJP4India finally has a foothold in the south. Very imp for PM @narendramodi's 2019 re-election bid. His party has maxed out in north, central and west India -- south has 120+ parliament seats. My earlier piece:
After #KarnatakaVerdict, India's oldest political party -- @RahulGandhi led @INCIndia -- now rules states/ regions with around 2.5 percent population against appx 70% for @narendramodi's BJP and its allies. Next big fight: PM's party has to defend its 3 heartland states.
Also, as I travelled from north Karnataka to the south and Mysuru belt, saw @BJP4Karnataka, contrary to Delhi media reports -- smartly weaving their wider national pride pitch with atleast one or two local issues (emotional or developmental). #KarnatakaVerdict is for that mix too
After spending days reporting on the campaign trail, not a bad location to look at the #KarnatakaVerdict.

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