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Karnataka elections: BJP demands probe into voter IDs found in Bengaluru

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Campaigning for the May 12 polls turns intense with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi leading from front for their parties.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 09, 2018 00:12 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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PM Modi addresses rally in Bengaluru.(BJP/Twitter)

With just two days left before the adrenaline-charged campaign for the Karnataka Assembly elections comes to an end, the BJP and Congress fielded their top commanders, who attacked each other over corruption and hardline Hindutva.

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed her first election rally in nearly two years, criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and alleged intolerance while campaigning in Karnataka.

Addressing back-to-back rallies in Vijayapura and Koppala in north Karnataka and in Bengaluru, Modi brought the Congress in the line of fire over its “dynasty politics” and attempts to divide the society

Here are the highlights:

12.10am: “On preliminary investigation these 9746 EPIC cards are of actual electors and appear to be prima facie genuine. However, the significance of the counterfoils can only be verified after due investigation,” says Election Commission.

12.05am: At a press conference, the Election Commission says, “This is certainly a serious matter, we can’t decide it here.We don’t understand the significance of this. Counterfoils are there. Whether they really are the electors or not, it is yet to be seen.”

11.55pm: In a series of tweets, BJP’s Sadanand Gowda said that a large number of voter ID cards were found at an apartment in Jalahalli area of Bengaluru.

Gowda alleged that 20,000 voter IDs were under the control of the Congress candidate from Rajarajeshwari Nagara, Munirathna Naidu, and demanded an investigation into the matter.

Gowda said he would meet the Election Commission on Wednesday morning to file complaint on withholding the election in the Rajarajeshwari Nagara constituency till the investigation was complete.

10.03pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi interacted with members of the Church at the Bishop’s house in Bengaluru.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi with the Archbishop of Bengaluru Rev. Dr Bernard Moras. (Congress/Twitter)

8.05pm: Modi asks the crowd to turn on the flashlights on their phone and call for a ‘swacch, sundar Karnataka’.

8.02pm: “The progress experienced by the rest of the country must come to Karnataka. For this, the state must have a receptive government. Bring Yeddyurappa to power,” says Modi

7.58pm: PM iterates that he is fighting corruption and will not spare those who have looted the poor.

7.55pm: Modi says his government is committed to welfare of disabled people. “In last four years, we have organised over 5000 camps for them,” he says.

7.47pm: “The previous governments did not care. We decided we would bring electricity to 18,000 houses within 1000 days and we made it happen,” says Modi.

7.45pm: “There are more Indians flying as compared to those using AC trains. This is an example to show our efforts in the aviation sector are bringing results. We are doing everything possible to improve connectivity,” says PM.

7.41pm: “Congress lacks a forward looking vision for the development of Karnataka,” says Modi.

7.35pm: Modi says his government has accorded top priority to next-generation infrastructure and was the first to formulate and aviation policy.

7.31pm: “When an economist PM remote-controlled by Sonia Gandhi ran the country, India was counted among the ‘fragile five’. But in the last three-four years, India has strengthened its economy and contributed to stabilising world economy too,” Modi says.

7.27pm: Modi says Bengaluru Metropolitan Area will be expanded to more places and that resources will be allocated for the re-development of the city’s lakes.

7.26pm: Modi says BJP promises greater prosperity for farmers, better education, skill development, better opportunities for youth, more industrial development, a positive eco-system for industrial growth, end to politics of dividing society and a safer state for women.

7.24pm: “Karnataka Congress is lost in land of dreams. BJP is grounded and tied to the lives of the common man,” PM says.

7.20pm: Modi says that the five aspects of Congress’ rule are dynasty politics, corruption , rampant lawlessness, agrarian distress and division of society. “But the Congress is waxing eloquent about its performance in the past 5 years,” he says.

7.16pm: “Karnataka CM carries his character certificate in his briefcase and as soon as charges are levelled, he issues a character certificate,” Modi says.

7.14pm: Modi criticises the state of women’s safety, roads and infrastructure in Bengaluru.

7.12pm: “The second leader, involved in land grabbing, we all know who he is. What is his link with Gulf Countries and money laundering? The third leader, he has no ‘Shanti’ is his value systems. His son goes around beating people,” PM says.

7.10pm: Modi says, “The people of Bengaluru must know whose name came up in the unfortunate death of a police officer here. People who should be in jail are sitting in Karnataka government.”

7.08pm: Modi asks why CM Siddaramaiah dislikes Bengaluru. “He has handed the city to an infamous trio- and we all know this trio- we also know they have been given charge of this city due to vote bank politics. This trio excels in all the wrong things,” he says.

7.03pm: Modi thanks the people of the state for their affection. “Karnataka has given me love and blessings beyond my dreams. Even language could not become a barrier between us,” he says.

6.59pm: PM Modi begins his address in Bengaluru.

6.27pm: At the event, Prakash Javadekar says, “Congress won only 44 seats in the Lok Sabha election. In Karnataka too they will be reduced to 44.”

He refers to Rahul Gandhi’s PM remarks from earlier in the day.

6.25pm: PM Modi is due to address a public meeting in Bengaluru.

6.01pm: “Modi ji and Amit Shah are worried about future of people of this country while Rahul ji thinks about himself. He said if his party comes to power, he’ll be the Prime Minister in 2019. A person who doesn’t trust his own leadership and ability, how can he expect people to trust him?” ANI quotes Smriti Irani as saying.

4.51pm: Sonia ends her speech with chants of ‘Jai hind, Jai Karnataka’.

4.47pm: “During elections, Modi ji comes with hollow promises and spreads hatred. But I am confident that you will see through this and re-elect Congress for inclusive governance,” says Sonia.

Sonia slams Modi for using the names of heroes from history for his political motives.

4.46pm: Sonia questions PM Modi on his promise of ending corruption and asks what happened to Lokpal.

4.45pm: Sonia Gandhi says, “Modi ji is proud of how well he speaks. I agree, he speaks well, like an actor.”

Sonia says that if the country could progress on Modi’s speeches, she would be happy. “I’ll be happy if his speeches can end hunger of the country but speeches cannot fill empty stomachs, food is needed for that. We need dal chawal, we need hospitals,” she says.

4.39pm: Sonia says, “All states that suffered drought were given compensation but Karnataka was provided with the least. Modi ji has insulted the farmers and people of Karnataka. Is this your ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’?”

4.37pm: “It is sad that when we introduced MNREGA, BJP and Modi ji mocked the scheme,” she says.

4.34pm: Sonia hails the Siddaramaiah government for starting Indira canteens in the state. “Food is the right of every poor person,” she says.

“Congress has worked for development of Karnataka and you must know that the central government is working in a biased manner when it comes to Karnataka. Congress made Karnataka country’s number one state and started numerous scheme for people.” she says.

4.33pm: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi addresses a rally in Vijayapura district. Gandhi is back on the campaign trail for the party after a two-year absence.

4.24pm: Rahul Gandhi says the Congress government in Karnataka has delivered what it promised.

4.19pm: Gandhi says Modi broke his promise of generating employment. “Karnataka is ahead of other states in terms of job creation. In the next five years, one crore youth in Karnataka will gets jobs,” he promises.

4.17pm: The Congress president says that Modi’s government has not contributed a single rupee towards the farm loan waiver in Karnataka.

4.14pm: Gandhi says, “On one hand they (BJP) garland Ambedkar’s statue and on the other hand they visit Dalit homes and eat restaurant food.”

Gandhi says Dalits are attacked in all the BJP-ruled states and the Prime Minister doesn’t say a word.

4.10pm: Gandhi accuses the Prime Minister and the BJP of working for the rich and troubling the weaker sections of the society with Gabbar Singh Tax and notebandi. “Money goes from your pocket to Nirav Modi’s and out of the country,” he says.

4.05pm: Rahul Gandhi says, “Five years ago we had promised that if you voted for us, no one would go hungry. Our government has given each person of every house seven kilos of rice. In the cities of Karnataka, the poor can eat good food at the Indira canteens.”

3.59pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering in Tiptur.

3.52pm: We have brought the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Farmers in Karnataka have hugely benefited from the scheme, says PM.

3.48pm: The government will set up Gramin Haats so that farmers don’t have to go faraway to sell their produces, says Modi.

3.46pm: The Congress only thinks about its own welfare. They do not care about farmers. We are committed to welfare of farmers. We have decided to increase MSP of notified crops by 1.5 times, says Modi.

3.44pm: I urge the people of Karnataka to ask a question to the Karnataka CM. What happened to the irrigation project they promised? Where did the money for the project go, asks Modi.

3.42pm: Why is it that farmers of Karnataka face shortage of water? The Congress government, being in ‘sleep mode’, is doing nothing to address their problems. In five years, they ruined the farmers of Karnataka: PM

3.40pm: Saints and seers from Karnataka have inspired generations. Their initiatives towards water conservation is laudable, says the PM.

3.32pm: Protecting the girl child is our commitment. We believe in the mantra of ‘Beta Beti Ek Samaan’, says the PM, highlighting the BJP’s manifesto that promises schemes for women’s welfare.

3.25pm: When I had spoken about Swachh Bharat and building toilets from the Red Fort, the naamdaars mocked me. Sadly, those who are born with a golden spoon, never understand the difficulties of poor. We are committed to serve people and would continue to do so, asks Modi at the rally.

3.20pm: Two years ago, I had talked about how a young girl Mallamma from Koppal during Mann Ki Baat. Am glad she took the Swachhata drive with great zeal and today several women are leading the cleanliness drive across the country, says PM.

3.18pm: Congress did nothing to promote tourism and rich history of Karnataka. We are promoting tourism in Karnataka. We are connecting distant places through airways, says PM Modi.

3.13pm: Modi says after coming to power in Karnataka, the shameful Congress even did not spare schoolchildren. They selected students on the grounds of caste for trips and excursions, says the PM.

3.10pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Koppal, says the BJP believes in ‘Rashtra Bhakti’ and serving the society. “Our only mantra is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’. But for the Congress party, only one family means everything,” he says.

2.50pm: One hand, you have Siddaramaiah, who has served the people of Karnataka honestly, while on the other, you have corruption-tainted Yeddyurappa. Do you want an honest government working for you, or a corrupt government, asks the Congress president.

2.49pm: Does the ‘S’ in the JD(S) stand for ‘secular’ or ‘Sangh Parivar’? asks Gandhi.

2.48pm: Even PM Modi has acknowledged that Karnataka’s employment record is better. Our government in Karnataka has done what Modi government couldn’t, says the Congress president.

2.47pm: I am happy that our government in Karnataka has worked tirelessly for the people, says Gandhi.

2.46pm: Basavanna preached equality. The Congress follows Basavanna’s principles, says party chief Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka.

1.44pm: The Congress is talking about women empowerment, but it didn’t allow the Parliament to pass the Triple Talaq Bill.

1.43pm: The Congress has never been serious about the safety of women. Here in Vijayapura there was a case but what did the Congress government do? Nothing. It is the NDA government that has got a death penalty for child rapists, says the PM.

1.40pm: 10 lakh families got free gas connection after we came to power at the centre, says Modi.

1.38pm: The central government has made it possible to provide electricity to 70,000 of six lakh families in Karnataka in just four months.

1.35pm: The central government has brought social security schemes that are benefitting the poor. It is our government that worked on electrification of villages that had no power for 70 long years, claims the prime minister.

1.31pm: Modi says saints, seers and mutts have played a key role in making the society of Karnataka progressive and harmonious. They have worked to remove human suffering, he says.

1.30pm: Meanwhile at a rally in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi says the BJP talks of honesty and decency, and yet, it has a person who has been accused of murder as its party president.

1.25pm: Is there any minister in the Congress government who is not facing corruption charge, asks Modi.

1.20pm: What has the Congress done for the farmers of Karnataka? When the state was suffering due to droughts, ministers handling key portfolios were busy in Delhi doing politics, says the PM.

1.17pm: When Bhagwan Basaveshwara stands for unity, but the Congress is busy dividing people, alleges Modi at Vijayapura rally.

1.16pm: I am here in a land that has close association with Bhagwan Basaveshwara. His philosophy called for taking all sections of society together. Sadly, the Congress government has not followed his principles. All they are bothered about is their votes, says Modi.

1.15pm: Congress leaders are thinking about what excuses they will make after the defeat in the state -- faulty EVMs or other such reasons, says the PM.

1.13pm: Modi says the people of Karnataka have decided to punish the Congress in the elections.

1.11pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Vijayapura.

1.05pm: At Chikkaballapur in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleges that PM Modi didn’t speak over the alleged rape of a woman by BJP legislator from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao.

11.42am:

11.40am: Amit Shah has been accused of murder. Don’t think he has lot of credibility. People in India forget that BJP president is a murder accused. The party that talks about honesty, decency has a person who’s been accused of murder as president, ANI reports Rahul Gandhi saying in Bengaluru.

11.30am: Rahul Gandhi says “yes, why not” on being asked if he can be the prime minister in 2019 if the Congress emerges as the single largest party, ANI reports.

11.10am: Congress president Rahul Gandhi says the party is “repeatedly asking the Prime Minister why has he chosen a corrupt person, who has been in jail as his party’s CM candidate.”

10.50am: Ahead of Sonia Gandhi’s visit, the Karnataka BJP refers to her with her birth name Antonio Maino, which she gave up after marrying Rajiv Gandhi.

9.50am: Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, M Mallikarjuna Kharge, says the Karnataka election results will teach a lesson to the BJP to mend its ways and send a larger message that people will not accept what the NDA-led party is doing on the advice of RSS.

9.15am: Chief minister Siddaramaiah will address a gathering in Mysuru, the city whose former ruler Tipu Sultan has become a political agenda for both the BJP and the Congress. Siddaramaiah ran into controversy when his government celebrated Tipu’s birth anniversary last year. During a rally on Sunday, PM Modi criticised Siddaramaiah for celebrating “sultan jayanti” to get votes but ignoring other leaders.

9.11am: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath, who returned to Karnataka after Siddaramaiah’s tweet critical of his campaigning in the election-bound state when a deadly thunderstorm hit Uttar Pradesh, will address public meetings in Bhatkal, Byndoor, Mudabidre, Virajpet and Sullia.

9.10am: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address a public meeting at Vijayapura at 3pm. This will be the first rally by Gandhi since she was forced to call off a road show in Varanasi midway due to ill health on August 2, 2016. The event was to launch the Congress’ poll campaign in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections.

9.05am: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will begin his second day of the last leg of campaign with an interaction with citizens.

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.

First Published: May 08, 2018 09:28 IST