Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

K'taka Polls 2018: Congress wants EC to disqualify B Sriramulu

K'taka Polls 2018: Congress wants EC to disqualify B Sriramulu

Addressing BJP's SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha workers through his Namo App, Mr Modi said the Congress used "all its power" to defeat Ambedkar when he contested Lok Sabha election in 1952 and Bandara Lok Sabha by-election in 1953. If the people do not want a repeat of what happened in the State between 2004 and 2008, then they need to decisively vote in favour of one party, which is highly unlikely in the present scenario, since there is no wave in favour of any party.

Though development remained part of the political discourse, it was overtaken by a slanging match between the two parties over corruption. Nearly in all the rallies, PM Modi criticized and accused Congress of misrule in the state.

On the last day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed the Modi government for issues ranging from atrocities against Dalits to the country's foreign policy as he expressed confidence in winning the Karnataka polls "hands down". As the campaigning ended on May 10, here is an interactive map of the constituencies that Modi, Rahul and Siddaramaiah visited. While BJP President Amit Shah said the BJP will win 130 seats, the ruling Congress said it will comfortably retain power in the state. "Why the BJP has given eight tickets to Reddy brothers and their associates who looted '35,000 crore from the people of Karnataka?" he asked.

Modi talks about "Congress-mukt Bharat". Karnataka's poll outcome is bound to have a profound impact on national politics ahead of the 2019 general elections. He slammed the Congress for raising questions about the Army's surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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"The Congress campaign about a BJP-JDS deal is a bogus charge aimed at consolidation of minority votes".

The Congress, meanwhile, accused the BJP of staging a drama. There are designated agents who herd the voters together and transport them to polling booths, in clear violation of EC norms.

Adityanath exhorted voters to elect a government that can protect people from "jihadi" forces. The Election Commission had filed an FIR on finding counterfoils and 9,746 voters ID cards in the RR Rnagar assembly seat in the southern suburb of Bengaluru. Yeddyurappa floated his own party, the Karnataka Janata Paksha in 2012, but returned to the BJP a year later. Whether the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will have a role to play in government formation and what could be their stance will be closely watched. Now, elections will be held for only 222 assembly seats in Karnataka on 12 May as the polling in Jayanagar has already been cancelled following the death of BJP candidate BN Vijay Kumar. Vote count will take place on May 15.

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