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Past articles by Johnson:

As PM Modi unveils projects for Mandya today, a bonus for party: Sumalatha’s support

Independent MP, popular widow of late filmstar Ambareesh, Sumalatha had stunned the Deve Gowdas last time; fills crucial gap for BJP in Vokkaliga region → Read More

BJP Vokkaliga woes continue, short run of Bommai’s man in Mandya underlines problems

R Ashoka removed as the minister in charge of the district after protests from local BJP leaders, region remains JD(S) turf → Read More

RSS’s ‘Brahmin CM’ ploy? BJP fires back at Kumaraswamy: ‘Trying to sow doubts’

The choice of a Brahmin CM in Karnataka, where the Lingayats, Vokkaligas and OBCs are dominant, is considered to be a self-goal. → Read More

Unlucky in seat, will Siddaramaiah strike gold in Kolar?

The ex-Congress CM ends suspense by indicating his choice, banking on caste matrix and support of popular leaders in Kolar, to end his bad run at the hustings. But going will be tough → Read More

As Yediyurappa feels sidelined, Bommai tries to fill Karnataka BJP space, jumps caste hoops

No clarity yet on how he will fulfill caste promises, circumvent ceiling, even as promises seen as CM Bommai trying to emerge as pan-Karnataka leader. → Read More

Tracking culprit, not IMEI: How Bengaluru police are solving phone snatching cases

The Bengaluru police registered a big jump in phone snatching cases after they started classifying such incidents as robbery – from 11 in January to 44 in July. → Read More

Facing anti-incumbency, Bommai govt serves SC-ST reservation ace

With committee to look into reservations for other communities in place, decisions to enhance quotas for other caste groups in pipeline before 2023 polls → Read More

Rahul Yatra: BJP in a huddle in Karnataka today, as Cong gets into stride

Cong seems to be gaining momentum due to Yatra, corruption campaign; BJP to plan an effective counter narrative → Read More

‘Pro-PFI’ vs ‘PayCM’: Karnataka poll battle lines drawn as BJP, Congress prep their ammo

At a public rally in Karnataka's Vijayanagar region in April this year, BJP national president J P Nadda had hinted that the PFI would be the saffron party's major issue in the 2023 polls. → Read More

Who are the PFI, now declared a terrorist organisation by the Govt?

Massive countrywide raids were carried out on the Popular Front of India on Sept 22 and Sept 27 by the NIA, ED, and state police forces, and scores of its leaders were arrested or detained. → Read More

Why no women among you: PM has Karnataka BJP thinking after surprise appearance at core panel meet

Apart from message for coming polls, remarks seen as a hint at choice of new state BJP chief → Read More

Breather for Karnataka BJP after HC order on Lingayat sub-sect’s quota demand

Panchamasali Lingayats, a key sub-sect of the Linagayat community, want reservation under the OBC category. High Court, in an interim order last week, stayed an evaluation of the community’s backwardness. → Read More

Karnataka HC Lokayukta order lays bare anti-corruption claims: ‘no govt has taken steps’

Congress govt diluted Lokayukta Act; BJP govt didn't keep promise to bring it back; no politician, official prosecuted in 6 yrs, notes HC → Read More

Dakshina Kannada murder fallout puts Bommai’s future as CM in doubt

Section of BJP trying to oust Basavaraj Bommai from power, but Karnataka CM also attempting to cast himself as a leader capable of taking tough measures. → Read More

Majority retained, BJP gets a free hand in Karnataka council

This will allow the ruling party to pass legislation in the state legislature without relying on JD(S) support. → Read More

Fog of uncertainty in Karnataka BJP, no word yet on Cabinet reshuffle

Last week, former CM BS Yediyurappa said the changes might take place by May 10. → Read More

Aiming big for 2023 Karnataka polls, JD(S) pins hopes on hung verdict, kingmaker role

The JD(S)’s key poll strategy is to project itself as a protector of the land, water resources, language and cultural rights of the Karnataka people while portraying the national parties – the ruling BJP and the principal Opposition Congress – as “hurdles” to the assertion of their local identities and rights. → Read More

Chop and churn likely as Bommai Cabinet, Karnataka BJP set for overhaul a year before state polls

Lingayat sub-sect leaders Arvind Bellad and Basavaraj Yatnal among front-runners for Cabinet berths → Read More

Newsmaker | JD(S) to Cong and back again, Ibrahim says, ‘My high command is now accessible to me’

After a nearly 14-year tenure in Congress the final straw for Ibrahim was a high command decision in Jan, 2022 to overlook him and his seniority while picking a new leader in the legislative council → Read More

Amid hijab-halal row, as Karnataka BJP raises pitch, speculation of early polls

“Like the media has sources, we too have sources,'' Shivakumar said when questioned regarding the basis of his declaration that state polls would be announced on November 27 this year. → Read More