Karnataka elections 2018 Highlights: Amit Shah confident BJP will win at least 130 seats, form govt
The campaigning for the Karnataka assembly elections will come to an end today. Congress and BJP will hold multiple rallies in their last attempt to woo voters. Follow live updates hereUpdated: May 10, 2018 22:14 IST
As campaigning for the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections came to an end on Thursday, political parties addressed multiple rallies in their last attempt to woo voters.
BJP president Amit Shah and the party chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa participated in a roadshow in chief minister Siddaramaiah’s Badami constituency. Shah also addressed a press conference in Bengaluru.
Elections in the state will be held on May 12 and counting of votes will take place on May 15.
Below are the live updates:
4:45 pm: Mining baron Janardhana Reddy has nothing do with BJP, what I have said is final, asserts Amit Shah
4:41 pm: “We don’t distribute tickets on the basis of religion,” says Amit Shah on a query on absence of Muslims among BJP candidates in Karnataka.
4:33 pm: Personal attack might comprise only 2-3 minutes of entire campaign but it gets highlighted more due to TRPs, says Amit Shah.
4:28 pm: Amit Shah says BJP win will at least 130 seats in Karnataka elections, BS Yeddyurappa will be the next chief minister.
4:21 pm: Shah says, “The voter id scandal shows how desperate Congress is to win the elections. Congress are resorting to undemocratic ways to win elections.”
4:18 pm: Amit Shah alleges, “Law and order has completely derailed in the state and we have witnessed a number of officers committing suicide.”
4:15 pm: Siddaramaiah government did nothing for the farmers and they are not even ready to give answers for their failure, alleges BJP president.
4:10 pm: Amit Shah says Siddaramaiah’s government has been a failure.
4:08 pm: BJP has conducted almost 400 rallies, including minor ones, in Karnataka, says BJP president Amit Shah at a press conference in Bengaluru. Over 35 BJP leaders campaigned in the state.
12.20pm: We heard the Congress President make a hollow statement. The press conference seemed to have only been called to address the issue of internal disputes. No issue related to Karnataka was taken up, says BJP leader Piyush Goyal.
11.08am: 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, says Rahul Gandhi.
11.03am: The Prime Minister went to China, met the Chinese President and did not say a word about Doklam. Our PM considers foreign policy to be a personal exercise. He believes that he will visit countries and things will magically happen: Rahul Gandhi.
11am: Rahul Gandhi counters PM Modi’s ‘Naamdaar’ jibe, says he is ‘Imaandaar’.
10.57am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not like to discuss fundamental issues, alleges Rahul Gandhi.
We had said that Dalits are being beaten up and oppressed when Rohith Vemula is killed Modi doesn’t say a word: Rahul Gandhi
‘” 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,” adds Gandhi.
10.55am: Atrocities against women is absolutely a political and a national issue. Mr Modi likes to discuss bullet train and other issues but does not like to discuss fundamental issues:Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru.
10.45am: Very confident Congress will win, says Rahul Gandhi on last day of campaigning.
“I have been travelling around Karnataka 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,” says Rahul Gandhi.
10.40am: Have learnt tremendous amount from the people and their spirit in the last few months in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi says.
10.30am: Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives for press conference in Bengaluru.
9.35am: I want to appeal that you should go to SC, ST, minority houses and tell about our schemes. BJP is dedicated to their development: PM Modi to minority leaders in Karnataka.
9.20am: India is the second largest steel and mobile phone producer now and 99 cities of the country are on their way to becoming smart cities: PM Modi.
9.10am: BJP has the highest number of MPs belonging to SC & ST communities. More and more people of these communities are connecting with BJP: PM Narendra Modi.
9am: PM Modi is addressing the SC, ST, OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas of Karnataka BJP.