The 2018 Karnataka Assembly Elections Explained Through Cartoons

To help you make sense of one of modern India’s most complicated poll results, here are a few explanatory cartoons.

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The outcome of the recent Assembly elections in Karnataka has sent the country into a political frenzy. While the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 104 seats to their name, they still fell short of the required number of 112 to form the government.

Further, while the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) passed the ‘magic number’ by forming a post-election coalition, the governor called the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as the state’s new chief minster, giving the party a period of 15 days to prove a clear majority.

However, after protests and pressure from the Opposition, a special bench of the Supreme Court requested a floor test be conducted in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 pm on Saturday, 19 May.


In what can only be described as political chaos, keeping a track of all the developments can be extremely confusing. These cartoonists with their creative brilliance have described how the whole drama unfolded.

JD(S) Passes Its Own Expectations

When the BJP Almost Got a Majority

But Was Met With an Unsuspected Coalition

When the Governor Gave the BJP More Than It Needed

When Money Dictated Democracy

And the Congress Was Left Wondering

While Yeddyurappa Enjoyed His Victory While It Lasted

And the SC Played Its Trump Card


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