Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during a press conference at the Press Club in Bengaluru, India, on May 6, 2018.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during a press conference at the Press Club in Bengaluru, India, on May 6, 2018.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Karnataka elections Highlights: Siddaramaiah sends legal notice to BJP, Modi, Amit Shah for defamation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have been campaigning aggressively in Karnataka that goes to polls on May 12.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 10:42 PM IST

Just days ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday served a Rs 100-crore legal notice on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and party’s state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa for alleged defamatory speeches and advertisements against him in the media

Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a road show in Kolar and addressed rallies in Hoskote and Devenahalli while former prime minister Manmohan Singh attacked the Narendra-Modi led NDA government over “economic mismanagement”in Bengaluru on Monday.

Karnataka goes to polls on May 12 and votes will be counted on May 15.


6.50pm: BJP national president Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency.

Earlier in the evening, he held a roadshow in Harapanahalli constituency of Davangere.

6.02pm: Gandhi says the amount looted by Reddy brothers from Karnataka is roughly the same amount the UPA had allocated for MNREGA.

5.50pm: Gandhi urges people to go through any of his speeches. “There is not a single one in which I have spoken lies,” he says.

5.42pm: Rahul Gandhi says that in the next five years the Congress would

- provide 50 lakh houses for the poor
- double irrigation scheme for farmers
- provide one crore jobs for youth
- and 33% reservation for women in government jobs.

5.35pm: Arun Jaitley and PM Modi were not ready to forgive farmers’ debt but Siddaramaiah announced a loan waiver of Rs 8000 crore for farmers, says Gandhi.

5.31pm: Gandhi says that in the next five years, no person in Karnataka will go hungry.

5.29pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering in Devanahalli.

“Is Janata Dal truly secular or are they helping Modi, Amit Shah and Yeddyurappa? JD(S) should tell the public which side they are on?” Gandhi says.

Read: Rahul, Manmohan step up Karnataka election campaign, attack Modi govt economic polices

5.20pm: “Twenty three BJP workers were killed in Karnataka. But instead of providing support to the families of the victims, Congress backs the killers,” says Adityanath.

5.15pm: At Belgavi, Adityanath says, “Where every poor person has a roof above his head, a toilet, an LPG gas connection, every member of the house is employed, that is ‘Ram rajya’. A place where there is no division, where there is security and respect is guaranteed.”

5.10pm: Adityanath’s comment comes days after Siddaramaiah took a dig at the UP chief minister’s presence in Karnataka.

5.07pm: UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses a public meeting at Gokak, Belgavi in Karnataka.

He says, “Recently there was a thunderstorm in UP that affected many people. Our government provided relief within 24 hours. Did Siddaramaiah ever pay a visit to families of farmers who committed suicide in Karnataka?”

4.25pm: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah sends legal notice for criminal and civil defamation to BJP, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and BS Yeddyurappa, over BJP’s corruption charges against him.

4.05pm: Rahul Gandhi says the Congress stands united to defeat the BJP in Karnataka. “We will win and form a people’s government,” he says.

4.03pm: “In the next five years, every person in Karnataka will own a house. Unlike PM Modi, we keep our promises,” says Gandhi.

Gandhi says Congress will focus on creating a network of food-processing plants across Karnataka for the benefit of farmers.

4.01pm: Gandhi says the farmers of this country are suffering but PM Modi has turned a deaf ear to them. “Our government in Karnataka has delivered what it had promised. The success of our various welfare schemes speaks for itself,” he says.

3.59pm: “PM Modi rode to power on the promise of reducing fuel prices. He should explain to the people why fuel prices are rising and why is he unable to curtail them,” says Rahul Gandhi.

3.58pm: Commenting on the Prime Minister’s confidence, Gandhi says PM Modi went to China but didn’t talk about Doklam.

3.55pm: Gandhi says that PM Modi speaks of anti-corruption but shares the stage with people who have spent time in jails for corruption.

“On stage, Modi ji has Yeddyurappa on his right — whom Amit Shah had called the most corrupt chief minister — and on his left are four minister who went to jail with Yeddyurappa. In the line behind them are the Reddy bothers.”

3.52pm: “This election has the philosophy of Basava, the Congress party and Indira Gandhi on one hand and BJP and RSS on the other,” Rahul Gandhi says.

3.50pm: Gandhi says that the strength of Karnataka is in the hands of its farmers, women, youth, small businessmen and all its people.

3:48pm: Rahul Gandhi promises that in 5 years, no one in Karnataka will be homeless.

3:45pm: The Congress government, when it comes to power in 2019 (Lok Sabha elections), will waive farmers’ loans in 10 days of getting elected: Gandhi

3:40pm: The Congress president keeps up the party’s attack on PM Modi over high prices of petrol in the country. He says that despite the prices falling across the world, fuel rates increased under the NDA government.

3:30pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Hoskote, hitting out at the BJP’s Reddy brothers and BS Yeddyurappa over alleged corruption charges.

3pm: BJP doesn’t believe in social justice, good for poor and socialism. Ananth Kumar Hegde is not fit to be a gram panchayat leader and they have made him a Union minister. If Narendra Modi tries to change Constitution there will be bloodshed in this country, ANI quotes Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah as saying.

2:30pm: Siddaramaiah challenges BJP’s chief minister candidate BS Yeddyurappa to an open debate. He says PM Modi is welcome to join the debate.

“I have asked @BSYBJP to join me in an open debate. @narendramodi is welcome to join... I will speak extempore. They can bring paper... Come on BSY avare let people see who they are voting for beyond the smokescreen created by hot air from Modi-Shah-Yogi team,” he wrote on Twitter.

2:10pm: After the protest, Rahul Gandhi rides a bicycle in Kolar.

1:30pm: Rahul Gandhi begins his protest in Kolar against soaring fuel prices, addresses a crowd. Neither Narendra Modi, nor RSS will be able to alter India’s constitution: Gandhi says during the protest.

1:15pm: It’s the ego of Siddaramaiah that people in Karnataka have been deprived of water of Mahadayi in this region, the BJP president says.

1:09pm: 24 BJP workers were killed in Karnataka, but the Siddaramah government did not arrest anyone: Amit Shah

1pm: We aren’t just fighting elections to win. People need to ensure that Congress lose so badly that they lose their deposit in Nargund : Amit Shah at the public gathering.

12: 55pm: BJP president Amit Shah says in a rally in Gadag that Rahul Gandhi has already conceded defeat in Karnataka.

12:50pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi holds a road show in Kolar.

12:45pm: Karnataka chief minister re-tweets Rahul Gandhi’s video on fuel prices and slams the BJP for diverting “attention from its failures”.

12:44pm: I expressed my anguish about what the PM said about me during Gujarat elections. I take the same position now.

12:40pm: As far as Nirav Modi is concerned, it was obvious that in 2015-16, that something is going around with the affairs of Modi. Yet the Modi government didn’t do anything. If blame has to be cast, it has to be on the govt of mandate: Manmohan Singh says in Bengaluru

12:38pm: PM Modi should practice the advice he gave me. Unfortunately, he hasn’t held a single press conference in four years: Manmohan Singh

12:36pm: It is shocking that the PM of India stoops so low... I think no PM has used this election time to say things in a manner Modi ju has been trying. I hope he will learn the lesson and not seek to polarise the society in Karnataka: Dr Singh’s hard-hitting reply on alleged polarisation of masses.

12:35pm: The Modi govt is deliberately painting a rosy picture than the hard facts available: Manmohan Singh on India’s economic progress

12:33pm: What happens in Karnataka will have implications on the rest of the country, Dr Singh says in an answer to a question.

12:31pm: Currently, investment in the single biggest weak point in the management of our economy: Manmohan Singh says.

12:30pm: Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Sujrewala opens the stage for questions at the press conference in Bengaluru.

12:15pm: True leadership creates opportunities, it does not destroy them, the former PM says on employment rate under the Modi govt in India.

12:22pm: Under Modi govt, we are missing out on crucial years that require careful planning for development, says Manmohan Singh at the press conference. He goes on to list the achievements of the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka.

12:18pm: PM blames the 70 years of Congress governments when questioned about issues. He forgets the Green revolution... and he forgets to mention that policies of UPA 1 and UPA 2 that brought millions out of poverty: Singh

12:17pm: In four years, Modi ji has reversed successes of the UPA govt, the former PM says citing economic parameters.

12:15pm: Where is the capital for growth of SMEs in India, questions Manmohan Singh. “Demonetisation and GST have hurt the MSMEs and resulted in the loss of tens and thousands of jobs,” he adds.

12pm: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh criticises Modi govt for rise in fuel prices at a press conference in Bengaluru.

It is in the banking sector that the mismanagement of the Modi govt is visible: Singh

11:15am: UP CM Yogi Adityanath visits Chennabasava Patta Devara Mutt in Bhalki.

11am: Rahul Gandhi tweets about Modi government’s economic policies and increase in fuel prices in India:

10:10am: HD Kumaraswamy and other leaders of Janata Dal (Secular) release the party’s manifesto in Bengaluru.

9:45am: The enthusiasm I have witnessed in Karnataka polls amid heat shows people are “fighting” this election: PM Narendra Modi to BJP workers

9: 35am: The UPA government was responsible for joblessness, BJP is working to create more jobs for the youth : PM

9:30am: There should be discussions, but violence has no place in a democracy, says PM Modi while addressing BJP youth workers.

“In 1984 there was a phase of violence after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Since then it seems violence has become a part of the political system. Our workers were killed in Tripura, Kerala, Karnataka. This doesn’t suit democracy. Violence must be opposed,” he says.

9:15am: We have a special focus on Karnataka in our manifesto. If a BJP government is formed here, 60 Namma BPO complexes will be set up here, PM Narendra Modi tells Yuva Karyakartas of BJP Karnataka.

9:10am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins interaction with the Karnataka’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha Karyakartas through the Narendra Modi App.

8:30am: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will resume campaigning in Karnataka today. He is expected to visit Chennabasava Patta Devara Mutt in Bhalki town at 10:10am and address a public meeting, news agency ANI reports.

Adityanath was scheduled to campaign in Karnataka till May 5 but he had to cut short his election campaign tour after the deadly dust storms in Uttar Pradesh.

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