Did spat with TDP cost BJP some crucial seats in Karnataka?

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NEW DELHI: The bitter spat between the BJP and Telegu Desam Party (TDP), that has been openly playing out since Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu quit the ruling NDA two months ago, may have impacted the BJP’s results in the Karnataka elections.
With a good number of Telegu people residing in neighbouring Karnataka, a call from Naidu asking them to shun BJP during the state elections could be one of the reasons for the party losing some seats that could have otherwise given them the required majority, feel many political analysts focusing on the area.

Of the 46 constituencies in Karnataka which have more than 50,000 Telugu voters each, only five seats went to BJP, according to official figures, while 32 seats went to the Congress and nine to JDS.

The voting pattern in regions dominated by Telugu people, like Hyderabad Karnataka, Bengaluru City, Bellary, Raichur, Chickballapur and Kolar seems to suggest the trend. In Hyderabad Karnataka, Congress bagged 21…

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