Karnataka Election Live Updates: The high-octane campaign for the Karnataka elections will end today with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress gearing up to make the most of the final lap.
Karnataka Election 2018: The high-octane campaign for the Karnataka elections will end today with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress gearing up to make the most of the final lap. BJP is organising mega road shows in over 150 assembly constituencies across the state. These rallies will be attended by central leaders of the party. The list includes Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ananth Kumar, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan. Party president Amit Shah is holding a roadshow in Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s high-profile constituency Badami. The polling will be held on May 12 and counting will take place on May 15. The results will be out on the same day.
The last leg of campaigning witnessed a fierce verbal duel between Prime Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Witty remarks, rhetorics were on full display ahead of the crucial assembly election ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. While BJP has reposed faith in senior leader B S Yeddyurappa, Congress’ face is the incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Both the parties have gone all-out to win this high-stakes battle that COngress as well as the BJP see as a battle of prestige. According to a report, PM Modi has addressed 21 rallies during his six visits to the southern state. The BJP was the ruling party in the state from 2008 to 2013.
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4.50 pm: Amit Shah in Bengaluru: We can lose elections but can’t sit with Social Democratic Party of India and Popular Front of India. Congress takes support of SDPI and PFI to win elections & that’s the difference between them & BJP. Cong doesn’t refrain from taking support of traitors.
4.40 pm: Amit Shah speaks on BJP candidate Sriramulu’s alleged bribery video: Many fake sting videos surface, don’t believe them blindly. Rather verify it
4.40 pm: Amit Shah in Bengaluru: BJP will win more than 130 seats and form government in Karnataka. There is no question of seeking or giving support to anyone.
4.25 pm: Amit Shah in Bengaluru: I want to alert those whose fake IDs have been made, that don’t fall in Congress’ trap and disturb polls.
4.24 pm: Amit Shah in Bengaluru: Law and order have seen a downfall in Karnataka. More than 24 workers of BJP and RSS were brutally killed in the state and Congress considers it a part of politics. No efforts were made to nab the culprits.
4.20 pm: Amit Shah says Congress President Rahul Gandhi suddenly started speaking things about Kannada Culture.
4.18 pm: Raja Rajeshwari Nagar incident shows Congress is desperate of winning elections by hook or by crook: Amit Shah
4.15 pm: As per its tradition, Congress is opting unfair means to win Karnataka elections: Amit Shah
4.13 pm: Amit Shah tragets CM Siddaramaiah over law and order situation in the state. The BJP president cites examples of rapes, chain snatching and murders in the state.
4.11 pm: Amit Shah says he has travelled thousands of KMs in Karnataka. “I have no hesitation in saying that it is the worst government of independent India,” Shah said.
4.08 pm: Amit Shah adresses a press conference. Shah lauds partyworkers for their efforts.
1:40 PM: Here is what Rahul Gandhi has to say on his press conference
Enjoyed meeting the regional & national press today in Bengaluru. We had a packed house! I’m sorry not everyone got a chance to ask a question due to the paucity of time.
But, unlike our PM who hasn’t had a press conference in 4 yrs., I will be doing many more of these! pic.twitter.com/tzNVHVLXdu
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 10, 2018
1:20 PM: WATCH- Amit Shah’s mega rally
— ANI (@ANI) May 10, 2018
1:10 PM: Amit Shah also said that people of Karnataka are with the BJP and party will the crucial Assembly elections easily, says Amit Shah.
1:00 PM: BJP President Amit Shah exuded confidence that Karnataka is the gateway to south for the party, according to TV reports.
12:55 PM: BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is also present at the rally
12:50 PM: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has attended a BJP rally in Mysuru.
12:45 PM: Union Rail Minister Piyush Goyal has lashed out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi saying he and Siddaramaiah govt in Karnataka have no answers on issues pertaining to the state. “It was a tutored press conference, many weren’t allowed to ask questions, if an attempt was made to ask, questions were paraphrased,” the Rail Minister said.
12:40 PM: BJP president Amit Shah will hold a roadshow in Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s high-profile constituency Badami.
12:31 PM: Meanwhile, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, said the decision on Prime Ministerial post will be decided post-election
11.21 am: The outcome of Karnataka elections is that the Congress is winning hands down: Congress President Rahul Gandhi
11.17 am: Throughout last 15 years, I’ve been visiting temples, mosques, gurudwaras, every religious institution I come across. BJP doesn’t like this. I don’t think they understand meaning of the term Hindu. It’s a perspective. It’s something which lives with you throughout: Rahul Gandhi
11.15 am: “If it gives you pleasure, you are welcome,” Rahul Gandhi replies to PM Narendra Modi’s speak in mother’s tongue remark
11.11 am: Rahul Gandhi replies to PM Narendra Modi’s speak in mother’s tongue remark, “My mother is more Indian than many Indians I know. She has made sacrifice for this country.”
11.08: “Narendra Modi is an angry person, he has anger for everyone. It’s his problem, not mine,” says Gandhi while replying to PM Narendra Modi’s personal attacks.
11.06 pm: Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi over rise in petrol prices. Gandhi says that prices have gone down on international level, but the people of this country are not getting its benefit.
11.04 am: “Narendra Modi held a discussion with Chinese President but didn’t discuss Doklam,” Rahul Gandhi says on Modi government’s foreign policy.
11.01 am: “Our foreign policy has been completely decimated,” Rahul Gandhi says on Modi government’s foreign policy.
10.56 am: Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi over Dalit issue: “We had said that Dalits are being beaten up and oppressed when Rohith Vemula is killed Modi Ji doesn’t say a word. When Dalits are killed and humiliated in other parts of India, Modi Ji doesn’t say anything. Congress will defend the rights of Dalits and raise this issue.”
10.54 am: “Should we not talk about rape as politicians, rape is absolutely a political issue, Mr Modi likes to discuss bullet train and other issues but does not like to discuss fundamental issues” says Rahul Gandhi on PM Narendra Modi accusation that “Congress is politicising rape.”
10.50 am: Look at Siddaramaiah’s face, look at Yeddyurappa, on one hand, there is a person who works for people, on other, a person who is sitting in jail: Rahul Gandhi
10.42 am: Rahul Gandhi attack PM Narendra Modi: I have been travelling around K’taka for few months now, we all stood together and fought campaign on fundamental issues.We’ve prepared manifesto which is truly voice of the people.Opposition has restricted itself to making personal remarks.Confident of winning the elections.
10.38 AM: PM Narendra Modi is launching personal attacks on Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
10:10 AM: Breaking News from Karnataka: 3 police officers were killed in accident after their police vehicle collided with a truck in Bagalkot. According to ANI report, police personnel were coming to Bagalkot from Bengaluru for election duty.
10:00 AM: BJP has come out with a list of its leaders who will hold road shows in over 150 constituencies today on the last of the campaigning for the Karnataka election 2018.
9:53 AM: WATCH- Congress takes a jibe at BJP
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 10, 2018
9:48 AM: “Congress wants the votes of OBC community but they did not allow OBC Commission to get Constitutional Status,” said PM Modi.
9:45 AM: PM Modi said that through various schemes, govt is working towards providing social justice and equality. “Out of 7 states that have the most number of tribals, BJP has govt in 6 states,” PM Modi asserted.
9:40 AM: PM Modi claimed that out of the total loan disbursed in the country, more than 10.6 per cent has been given to Karnataka only.
9:37 AM: Sharpening attack on Congress, PM Modi said that the party has no place for Dalits and backwards. “The way it has behaved with Baba Saheb, it shows that they do not even respect him,” PM Modi told SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas.
9:34 AM: PM Modi lashed out at Congress saying it never respected Baba Saheb Ambedkar. PM Modi also claimed that Baba Saheb was not given Bharat Ratna until the Congress party was in power. “Taking inspiration from all the great saints, today we are trying to fulfill Baba Saheb’s dream of powerful and prosperous nation,” PM Modi said.
9:30 AM: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s dreamt of India as a country which takes each and every person forward, said PM Modi. “Our govt has made SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act more stringent and increased the offences listed in the Act from 22 to 47,” says PM Modi.
9:26 AM: PM Modi lauded SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas of the party. “I appreciate your work you do for the party. Morchas play a vital role in bringing new generation in our fold,” PM Modi said.
9:23 AM: “BJP has the highest number of MPs belonging to SC & ST communities. More and more people of these communities are connecting with BJP,” PM Modi said. “We need to work tirelessly for the welfare of deprived and women, BJP believes in equality and development for all,”PM modi said.
9:20 AM: PM Modi asked SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas of the party to visit the homes of the SC/ST/OBC and minority members of the society and communicate the policies of the government to them. Convey to them that the BJP is working towards the betterment of one and all, he told leaders.
9:17 AM: Prime Minister is addressing and interacting with SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas of BJP in Karnataka through NaMO APP