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Karnataka Assembly polls 2018: Will the result have any bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha election?
It's really interesting that since the 2014 general elections, each and every election, be it Assembly, bye-election or even local election, has become a focal point of hot debate particularly regarding Modi-led BJP's prospects. And most of the times such debates tend to concentrate more on national politics, ignoring the local issues.

When the BJP lost in Delhi and Bihar, debates were conducted on whether it was the beginning of the end of Narendra Modi's wave! But soon, the results of a few elections went in BJP's favour, putting all such speculations to rest, though not permanently. After the BJP lost two Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, again debates started on whether the BJP's end was near! However, BJP staged a strong comeback by retaining Gujarat though the Congress claimed moral victory.

Then again, the BJP lost three Lok Sabha seats (two in UP and one Bihar), not only another debate began on a possible downfall of the BJP juggernaut, also opposition parties started finding alliance equations for the 2019 general election.

And now, the Karnataka Assembly election results are due to be declared on Tuesday. But even before the result have come out opinions have started emerging with many articles being written on how the Karnataka Assembly election results will have a strong bearing on the 2019 general election. Some are even calling it a semi-final.

But the question is will the Karnataka Assembly election results have any bearing on 2019 general election? Let's look back into history and find out. In 2013, the Congress won the Karnataka Assembly election with a landslide majority, yet in 2014, it lost the general election securing the lowest ever numbers in the party's history.

Now let's go further down history back to 2008. The BJP won Karnataka in 2008 along with elections wins in MP and Chhattisgarh. But still in 2009 the Congress succeeded in retaining power at the Centre. Thus, historically speaking, Assembly elections have nothing to do with the general election.

Recently, during being interviewed by TV journalists many Karnataka voters expressed their reasons for having voted for a particular party/candidate. Most of them said that the main issues concerning them were the drainage system, roads, electricity and other problems of civic amenities.

The voters these days very much differ in their outlook towards Assembly elections and general elections. They are aware of the fact that issues of different elections are very different and so they vote accordingly.

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