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Modi, Rahul and Siddaramaiah on Campaign Trail in Karnataka

Modi, Rahul and Siddaramaiah on Campaign Trail in Karnataka

From corruption to communalism, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's Rs 70 lakh Hublot watch to United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin, the electoral potboiler had it all.

The Congress party, which levelled the charge, also demanded a high-level inquiry into the alleged bribery case. This must be part of the public discourse. Answering a query, he said a few activists of BJP and JD (S) were already on the spot before the flying squad reached there.

During the election campaign, Mr Modi repeatedly addressed the Siddaramaiah ministry as "seedha rupaiah" government (a government that takes bribes for work) and "10 per cent commission government".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of copying his party's manifesto in the Karnataka polls, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said. "It will rout Congress and JDS in the polls", said BJP candidate Preetham Gowda.

Modi talks about "Congress-mukt Bharat". He slammed the Congress for raising questions about the Army's surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. It is ironical that Karnataka, one of the high-growth and progressive States, was turned into a hunting ground for a divisive campaign based on identity instead of debating over development issues.

Meanwhile Jalahalli police arrested Congress corporator G K Venkatesh and Raghu for assaulting workers of the rival party, who barged into the flat. The Karnakata elections, being seen as a precursor to the Lok Sabha polls next year, saw attacks and counter-attacks between the two star campaigners.

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On Saturday, voters in the state will decide who got it right.

Adityanath exhorted voters to elect a government that can protect people from "jihadi" forces. In 2008, he steered the BJP to victory and became the party's first chief minister in a southern state.

There were alleged attempts to "influence voters" after more than 9500 genuine Voter ID (EPIC) cards were found in an apartment in the assembly segment from where the sitting legislator of Congress Muniratna Naidu has sought re-election. Almost 10,000 voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Jalahalli in R R Nagar.

Karnataka has a total of 224 assembly seats.

There are 28 constituencies in the Bengaluru region and in the last election; the Congress bagged 13 seats while the BJP won 12. The election for one constituency has been postponed following the death of B N Vijay Kumar, the Jayanagar BJP candidate.


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