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Karnataka elections Highlights: Congress is a gold medallist in corruption, says Modi

PM Modi began his second round of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday with a rally in Kalaburagi. Check out the live updates here.

india Updated: May 03, 2018 20:13 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Bellary.
Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Bellary.(Screengrab)
         

Prime minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi were in Karnataka on Thursday as a part of their election campaigns in the state ahead of the May 12 assembly election.

Modi began his second round of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday with a rally in Kalaburagi. Later on Thursday, Modi also addressed a rally in Bengaluru. The BJP has also lined up a galaxy of leaders, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, to address public meetings in the next few days.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi held corner meetings in Aurad, Bhalki and Humnabad in Bidar district on Thursday.

Polling for the 224-member Assembly will be held on May 12, and results will be declared on the 15th of the month.

Here are the live updates:

6:18pm: “I promise the Delhi government (Modi government) is with the Karnataka people. We are with you to give you a bright future,” says Modi.

6:16pm: “Congress is trying to fool the people of Karnataka with its manifesto. Congress in 2013 had promised to build one super speciality hospital in every district. But in 2018, this got changed to one super speciality hospital for every three districts,” the Prime Minister says.

6:15pm: “Congress in its ‘Hawa Hawai’ manifesto said if it is elected again in the state, the IT sector will get 300 billion dollars. Please come back to earth and tell lies which are at least believable,” Modi says in Bengaluru.

6:10pm: “Congress is not answering what promises it fulfilled from its manifesto. It is not telling what all it did in the last five years, but keeps asking what Modi did,” says PM Modi.

6:05pm: “We are working towards promoting Ease of Doing Business, Congress is ensuring Ease of Doing Murder in Karnataka,” says PM Modi.

6:00pm: Modi says Bengaluru’s identity is its lakes. “The city of lakes has turned into a city of burning lakes under the Congress government. The photos of Bellandur Lake (spilling toxic foam) speak for the govt’s inefficiency.”

5:59pm: Modi says the BJP government has brought in a provision to hang the rapists of girls below the age of 12.

5:58pm: “Under the Congress, women safety has become the biggest cause of concern. Earlier, people used to go to Goa and Bengaluru to celebrate New Year’s. But the photos on social media from the celebrations have stopped the people from coming to Bengaluru,” says Modi in Bengaluru’s Kengeri.

5:56pm: Modi tells youth that they have the power to bring a change in Karnataka. “Congress is a gold medallist in corruption. If u don’t remove them, they will keep creating troubles for you.”

5:54pm: “There was a concept of a ‘steel bridge’ in Bengaluru. Congress government turned it into ‘Steal bridge’. They did nothing to check and put an end to corruption in the state,” says Modi.

5:50pm: Modi says every day, new records are being broken in corruption under Congress.

5:47pm: Bengaluru was known as the ‘Garden city’ but the Congress has converted it to ‘Garbage city’: Modi. “Bengaluru was a cosmopolitan city, which has been turned into a culture of chaos,” the PM adds.

5:45pm: “The youth and the people of Bengaluru made the city a Silicon Valley. In the last five years, the Congress has made Silicon Valley into a valley of sin,” says Modi. “The computer capital has been turned into a crime capital under the present government (Congress).”

5:42pm: PM Modi says surveys have shown that JD(S) will be a distant third, they cannot form a government so no one should waste their vote on them.

5:40pm: “When Congress starts talking about hung assembly it means it is confirmed that the BJP will come in power in Karnataka under Yeddyurappa’s leadership on May 15,” says Modi. “JD(S) will not be able to form a government in Karnataka.”

5:35pm: PM Modi greets people in Kannada. “People of Karnataka have decided to demolish Congress’ last held fort on May 15,” says Modi.

5:25pm:

3.44pm: PM Modi ends his adddress at Bellary. Later on Thursday, he’ll hold a public rally at Bengaluru.

3.42pm: Congress insulting Bellary by portraying as if only thieves and looters live here, says PM Narendra Modi in turf of Reddy brothers.

3.40pm: Congress government in Karnataka is in ‘sleep mode.’ They did not spend the funds Centre allocated for development of the state, PM Modi says in Bellary.

Congress never promoted the textile sector and cloth industry in Karnataka. BJP has formulated a new textile policy which will significantly benefit the sector as well as generate employment opportunities for people: Modi.

3.35pm: Congress used to term us as ‘Mahila Virodhi’. But see, now we have a Defence Minister who is a woman and she is a member in the Parliament from Karnataka itself: PM Modi.

3.30pm: I would like to ask the Congress people who carried out a candle march in Delhi where were your candles when a Dalit girl was tortured in Bidar, says PM Modi.

3.28pm: We (BJP govt) wanted OBC Commission to get Constitutional status but the Congress did not let it happen: PM Modi.

The Congress does vote-bank politics. They divide people on the grounds of caste. They are insensitive towards the tribal communities and the OBCs, adds Modi.

3.24pm: PM Modi on central policies: Ours is a sensitive government which looks after the aspirations of people and then formulate policies. Through the Fasal Bima Yojana we have been able to ensure welfare of farmers.

3.19pm: When we had got the opportunity to serve people of Karnataka earlier, so many development initiatives were undertaken. But sadly, the Congress could not even ensure proper water supply despite the state being rich in water resources, alleges Narendra Modi.

3.14pm: Not even a single work is possible without corruption and bribery. Look at rising illegal mining in the state. Congress government in Karnataka could not even frame a strong mining policy, says PM Modi.

3.11pm: Karnataka has a ‘Sidda-Rupaiah Sarkar’. It has created a debt-burden for the state. People can no longer tolerate them. They will give a strong reply on 12th May: PM Modi.

3.10pm: Free press makes for a stronger democracy, says PM Modi.

3.05pm: Congress has ruined the rich history and legacy of Ballari. By defaming Ballari, they have disrespected the people of this district: PM Modi.

3pm: PM Modi begins his address in Bellary.

1.40pm: Rahul Gandhi on Narendra Modi: He has to have something to say...can’t talk about roads, education, farmers, development etc...

So let’s talk about Rahul Gandhi...but you are the PM of India, this kind of speech doesn’t behove your position

1.33pm: Rahul Gandhi’s advice to Modi: Talk about what you will do for the youth of India, for Karnataka. Tell small businessmen how you will save them from Gabbar Singh Tax. Tell the people what you will do to save them from the effectes of demonetisation

1:28pm: Whenever Narendra Modi is afraid, he makes a personal attack. The difference between me and him is that no matter what he says about me, I won’t be affected. He is the prime minister of India and I won’t make a personal attack on him. However, I can question my prime minister on the promises that he had made: Rahul Gandhi in Aurad.

1:26pm: This election is not about Modi or Rahul Gandhi, it is about the future of people of Karnataka, says Congress president

1:24pm: GST or Gabbar Singh Tax has put an end to all businesses. In the movie Sholay,there was Gabbar Singh, you brought the Gabbar Singh Tax but now you gone even further...Now you are trying to put the entire Gabbar Singh team in the Karnataka assembly...Gabbar is there, Samba is there Kalia is also there...the entire gang of Reddy brothers, who were in jail, you are trying to place them in the assembly: Rahul Gandhi

1:23pm: The amount Congress put into MNREGA (Rs 30,000 crore) is the amount Nirav Modi ran away with. When I asked PM Modi it, he made fun of me, says Rahul Gandhi

1:22pm: You come to Karnataka, you talk about corruption yet BS Yedyurappa is your CM candidate, says Rahul Gandhi

1.20pm: Instead of waiving your loans, he (PM Modi) gave the money to his corporate friends. Whenever Modi is anxious, he makes personal attacks.

I will never make personal attack on Modi, simple because he is the PM,doesn’t matter how much he attacks me, says Congress president

1:18pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally in Bidar in Karnataka.

1.10pm: My job is to worry for the farmers, says PM Modi.

1.05pm: Last time Congress promised to make Kharge CM, but did not keep their word. Did they not let down the Dalits of the state, says Narendra Modi at Kalaburagi rally.

1pm: You may not be able to speak the truth, but at least you can keep quiet: Modi to Congress on Swaminathan report.

For several years, Congress government tried to hide the Swaminathan Comission report in the cupboard, claims Modi.

12.56pm: Congress doesn’t respect the sacrifices of our soldiers. When our soldiers carried out surgical strikes, the Congress party questioned them. They kept on asking proof of the strikes from me, says PM Modi

Karnataka is synonymous with valour. But, how did the Congress Govts treat Field Marshall Cariappa and General Thimayya? History is proof of that. In 1948 after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by PM Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon, adds Modi.

12.51pm: The enthusiasm in Kalaburagi shows the people of Karnataka will even bear the May heat, but they can no longer stand Congress government: PM Modi. 

12.50pm: This election will decide the future of Karnataka. It is about security of women, the development of farmers. Do not assume this is only about electing MLAs, it is much more than that: PM Narendra Modi in Kalaburagi.

12.45pm: Congress is on its way out in Karnataka, says PM Modi.

12.42pm: Narendra Modi begins his address in Kalaburagi.

10.40am: The Prime Minister began his second leg of campaign for Karnataka in May 1, addressing three rallies in Chamrajanagar, Udupi and Belagavi district that covered 48 assembly constituencies. He launched a blistering attack on the Congress and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, as he floated “2+1” theory to target the “dynasty Congress”.

Siddaramiah is contesting from two assembly seats, Chamundeshwari and Badami, while his son is a Congress candidate from Varuna.

First Published: May 03, 2018 10:49 IST