The campaigning for the Assembly election is currently at its peak, and media outlets ranging from local to national are providing extensive coverage. This is due to the fact that Belagavi holds significant importance in the upcoming Karnataka elections.
Belagavi’s role in the election has garnered attention from various media outlets, as it is a key battleground for political parties.
Hindustan Times writes – Belagavi’s 18 seats witness tough contest between Cong & BJP; MES may play spoilsport in few
Belagavi district with second highest number of assembly seats after Bengaluru Urban — is expected to witness tough contest between the BJP and Congress as Lingayat politics surmounts the local issues, but the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) could play spoilsport in a few seats as it wants to keep the border issue alive.
The Federal News writes – Belagavi: 3 factors that could swing poll results in Karnataka’s biggest district
Price rise, corruption, and similar evils are not considered election issues in Belagavi at all; caste, language, and individual loyalties are more at work. Three factors may sway the poll results in Karnataka’s largest district, Belagavi, which has 18 Assembly constituencies — i.e., the Lingayat sub-sect Panchamasali, the sugar lobby, and the Kannada-Marathi linguistic dispute.
With 18 seats, it becomes a key district for the May 10 Karnataka assembly polls. Belagavi, or Belgaum as it was earlier called, has also become the political hotspot of a border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka.
OneIndia writes- Belagavi is important for both Congress, BJP in Karnataka
The contest is a direct one between the BJP and Congress, while the Maharashtra Ekikarna Samithi will look to spoil the party, by raking up the border issue.
Hindustan Times writes – Jarkiholi brothers lead BJP and Congress charge in Belagavi
In Belagavi, it is a direct political tussle between two brothers — Satish Jarkiholi and Ramesh Jarkiholi — and their influence in their respective parties.
Moneycontrol writes – Pot-boiling thriller awaits Belgaum, ‘sugarcane bowl’ of Karnataka, as farmers are angry
Belgaum, the ‘sugar bowl’ of Karnataka, has turned into a boiling pot amidst the heat of Assembly Elections 2023, with the war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. The farmers are, however, angry. Kattis and Jarkiholis are powerful political ‘sahukar’ families in north Karnataka, which has strong sugar barons who can sway the elections in Belgaum. And the ‘Lords of the Party’ that come to power in the state will rule over the sugarcane kingdom for the next few years.
The Jarkiholis and Kattis literally own all the sugar mills in the state. Belgaum is known for its seven rivers and can irrigate its rich sugarcane belt.
The exit of many disgruntled BJP leaders including three-time MLA and former Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi from Belagavi, over denial of the ticket for the upcoming Assembly election — is likely to dent some votes here. On the other hand, MES is trying hard to keep the border issue alive in Belagavi, which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency and constitutes nearly 40 per cent Marathi-speaking population.
MSN – Karnataka Elections 2023: Here’s A Mood Check From Maratha-Dominated Belagavi
With 18 seats, it becomes a key district for the May 10 Karnataka assembly polls. Belagavi, or Belgaum as it was earlier called, has also become the political hotspot of a border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka