Karnataka Elections updates: Countdown begins; Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi push for win

By: |
New Delhi | Updated: May 9, 2018 6:15:00 PM

With only two days left for Karnataka Assembly elections, both Congress and BJP have intensified their respective campaigns.

Rahul Gandhi in a rally in Karnataka (Image: PTI)

Karnataka Elections LIVE updates: With only two days left for Karnataka Assembly elections, both Congress and BJP have intensified their respective campaigns. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address four rallies in Bangarpet, Chikmagalur, Belgavi and Bidar, while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will hold meetings and roadshows across the state capital of Bengaluru. At one such meeting, Gandhi said, “as a political analyst, I will tell you, that it is highly unlikely that the BJP will form the next government. And it is close to impossible that Narendra Modi will be the Prime Minister of India after the next polls.” BJP chief Amit Shah will also conduct meetings and roadshows in Bengaluru and Tumkur district of Karnataka.

Meanwhile on Tuesday midnight, nearly 10,000 voter ID cards and two trunks of ‘counter papers’ were found in an apartment in Bengaluru. The apartment belongs to Congress legislator Manjula Nanjamari, who had rented it to her son, who contested in 2015 Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (an administrative body responsible for the civic and infrastructural assets of the Greater Bangalore) elections with a BJP ticket. This led to BJP and Congress accusing each other of the deed.

Check Karnataka Elections LIVE updates:

6:03 PM: The BJP delegation reaches Election commission over the fake voter IDs found in Bengaluru apartment.

6:00 PM: Chief Election Officer of Karnataka terms the fake voter ID issue is a ‘very serious matter’ and says, “two people have been arrested as of now, there is a possibility of more arrests and the case is currently being investigated.”

5:52 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts campaigning in Belagavi and says, “Since 2014 I am fighting a battle against corruption and I assure people of India that those who looted the poor will have to return every single penny.”

5:39 PM: Rahul Gandhi campaigns in BEML circle of Bengaluru and pays tributes to Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru.

Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Kempegowda (Image: twitter.com/INCIndia)

5:23 PM: Yogi Aditya Nath said, “Siddaramaiah govt will resort to all kinds of unscrupulous activities in the election. Their ministers are distributing money to influence voters. Fake voter ID Cards were found. EC should take this seriously. Trends are in favour of BJP. We’ll form govt with an absolute majority.”

5:21 PM: A BJP delegation comprising Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan to meet Election commission today at 6 pm over the issue of nearly 10,000 voter identity cards found in bundles in a Bengaluru flat.

5:10 PM: Amit Shah says ‘We would like to assure that we will provide a clean govt, one which focuses on development, in Karnataka’ in a road show.

5:00 PM: Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Bengaluru.

Rahul visits Anjaneya Swamy Temple in Bengaluru (Image: twitter.com/ANI)

4:53 PM: Amit Shah while holding a roadshow in Bengaluru says, “Congress & JDS are supporting each other. This just shows their desperation to win the elections. People are going to vote for the BJP on May 12 & Congress is going to lose.” He also went on to say that BJP will form government in Karnataka with full majority and will bring development, and “Who is Congress to accuse us in voter ID scam? Their corporator has been arrested, , it is their deed.”

4:48 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited Dargah of Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan in Bengaluru.

Rahul Gandhi inDargah of Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan (Image: twitter.com/ANI)

4:31 PM: “Manjula Nanjamari, owner of the flat where fake voter IDs were found, was a BJP corporator, for past 15 years she has no link with BJP. We demand investigation & immediate countermanding of election in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency,” said Sambit Patra, spokesperson of BJP

4:29 PM: Deputy Election Commissioner, Chandra Bhushan Kumar, will visit Karnataka.

3:56 PM: Amit Shah tweeted blaming Congress for the fake voter IDs that were discovered in Bengaluru, and alleged the party to be fake about ‘their tears for the poor, their claims of development, their commitment to social justice’. He also appealed the citizens of Karnataka to be more diligent while voting, in his series of tweets.

2:49 PM: PM Modi while campaigning for BJP in Chikkamagaluru said, “Making multiple fake voter ID Cards to win elections is the tactic of Congress, people should never forgive such party. Fearing a crushing defeat, Congress is indulging in all kinds of malpractices.”

2:45 PM: “If you look at Congress leadership, the kind of politics Rahul Gandhi’s doing, when he says he can be the PM, no one takes him seriously. People think he’s dreaming. Congress has failed in providing a strong leadership,” said Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while addressing a rally in Hubli.

2:43 PM: “From 1997-2002 I was a corporator, and BJP helped me win. I was just a housewife and BJP supported me, so I consider myself under their ‘sharan’. I am not a Congress person, will never be,” said Manjula Nanjamari in an interview.

2:38 PM: Manjula Nanjamari, owner of Bengaluru flat where 9746 voter IDs were found, said that Rakesh who was believed to be the tenant of the apartment is a fake news. The real tenants are Rekha and Rangaraju, who rented the apartment to dump some of their ‘office stuff’.

2:33 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressed a gathering at Russel Market Chowk, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru.

Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering at Russel Market Chowk, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru (Image: twitter.com/ @INCIndia)

2:24 PM: A BJP delegation comprising Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan to meet Election commission today at 6 pm over the issue of 9,746 voter identity cards found in bundles in a Bengaluru flat.

2:20 PM: Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “In Karnataka, when it comes to corruption, it’s a “No Contest” as this graphic shows. The BJP wins hands down!”

2:17 PM: PM Modi referred to Rahul Gandhi as the ‘naamdaar’ of Congress – “he was made General Secretary of the party in ’07. He said he’ll make a young team & bring new ideas, it has been 11 yrs & things are still what they used to be,” the PM said, in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka.

2:09 PM: “I have no connection with that flat, neither do I have any relation with that aunt(Manjula Nanjundmuri) for last 10 years,” said Rakesh, the BJP Supporter who Congress alleged was tenant of the flat in Bengaluru where 9746 voter IDs were seized. “We only searched the house when we got confirmation of voter IDs being stacked inside, we had been watching how cars were coming and leaving from there frequently,” he added. he has also accused Rajarajeshwari Nagar candidate Munirathna Naidu of threatening him for exposing this.

2:07 PM: “You should’ve seen Congress. We oppose PM, we speak against him but we respect PM’s post. He thinks if he speaks against Congress, against Siddaramaiah, his party will be benefited. But this shows PM’s post in a bad light, he’ll never understand this,” said Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru.

2:00 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited the Dargah of Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan Shah and is addressing a gathering in Bengaluru.

1:59 PM: PM Modi starts addressing a public meeting in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.

1:41 PM: “Last night raid was stage-managed by BJP which is using huge amounts of cash & resources which are at BJP’s disposal to influence voters & elections. It wasn’t EC or police but BJP people who raided flat which belongs to BJP leader & the tenant is also a BJP leader,” said Anand Sharma.

1:34 PM: “Delegation of the Congress met the Election Commission. We submitted a detailed memorandum about malpractices of BJP & how the central govt with the help of central agencies, including IT dept, is trying to subvert free & fair elections in Karnataka,” said Anand Sharma of Congress.

1:31 PM: Election officers seized Rs 8 lakh from the house of BJP District President Virupaksha and Rs 30,000 from the house of Congress leader Shamid Maniyar, in Koppal’s Gangawati.

1:26 PM: “We demand 3 things – immediate countermanding of Rajarajeshwari elections, a thorough investigation should be immediately taken up by cybersecurity & flat owner Manjula should be arrested immediately,”: said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in a Press conference.

Prakash Javadekar in a press conference (Image: twitter.com/ @ANI)

1:12 PM: “Congress’ philosophy is that if real voters don’t vote for you, create fake voters. What happened yesterday is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on 9,746 voter ID cards recovered from a flat in Bengaluru.

1:10 PM: The UPA Govt offered subsidies to garment factories in order to secure your finances, however, that security has now been withdrawn by the Modi Government, said Congress President while visiting a garment factory in Bengaluru.

1:04 PM: Election Commission officers seized Rs 8 lakh and Rs 30,000 in cash from two locations in Koppal’s Gangawati, in Karnataka.

12:55 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that these six ‘diseases’ of Congress were destroying the future of Karnataka – Congress culture, communalism, casteism, crime, corruption and contractor system while addressing a rally in Bangarapet in the poll-bound state.

12:49 PM: While Amit Shah said in Tumkur that Congress party is trying to the win election on the basis of bogus voter cards and money in Karnataka.

12:45 PM: I don’t know anything about this, there is Election Commission to look into it: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on 9,746 voter ID cards recovered from Flat No. 115 at SLV Park View Apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area.

12:36 PM: “BJP is getting immense support in Karnataka. BJP will form the government in the state” BJP President Amit Shah said while addressing a public meeting in Tumkur, Karnataka

Amit Shah addressing a rally in Tumkur, Karnataka (Image: twitter.com/ @ANI)

12:31 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits Creative Garment Factory in Krishna Nagar Industrial Area, Hosur Main Road and offered prayers at the Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Basavanagudi, Chickpet, as a part of his election campaign.

12:24 PM: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of misusing the government machinery, over the raids conducted in the poll-bound state. “Congress is constantly under surveillance of BJP government. This is the 12th time, I am fighting elections but for the first time, these raids are being conducted at the time of elections. They are misusing government machinery, it is Election Commission’s job to investigate not theirs,” said Siddaramaiah.

12:20 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds road-show in Bengaluru’s Basavanagudi area.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Next Stories
1BJP reminder to Rahul Gandhi on PM dream: ‘You still face Rs 5000-crore corruption charge’
2Karnataka BJP rakes up Sonia’s foreign origin ahead of visit
3Neither BJP nor Congress or JD(S): Modi-Gandhi slog game may lead to this winner in Karnataka