Industries in and around Bengaluru are witnessing a second round of exodus of migrant workers amid a massive surge in Covid cases. Construction industry, MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) and the domestic workers’ sector are once again headed towards a severe labour shortage. Multiple factors have triggered the latest exodus, a crucial one being the assembly elections in four states and one UT — West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Most of the labourers went to their home-states to vote and are now reluctant to return to Karnataka, fearing possible restrictions in the wake of spike in Covid cases. While some went home for the harvest season, others are heading to their native places for the upcoming New Year festivities in states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.