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Chapter 13: Karnataka: The Surge of Saffron: Some Genuine and Some Imitation?
BJP's impressive performance in Karnataka in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was a foregone conclusion. It won 19 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, two-thirds of the total seats. BJP's victory is almost a replication of its Lok Sabha performance in 2004. The victory also provided a ray of good news to the BJP national leaders, distressed by BJP's electoral performance in the rest of the country.
In the 2004 Assembly elections, Karnataka voters had given a fractured mandate. Although BJP had emerged as the largest party with 79 seats, it was way short of a simple majority of 113. Its position improved markedly in ...