Karnataka election: Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi over BJP leader bribery sting

Marsha Scott
May 12, 2018

As Karnataka votes for the decisive Assembly polls that will set the tone for 2019 General Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued an appeal to the voters of the state today.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Congress had released two videos allegedly showing BJP leaders Sriramulu and G Janardhana Reddy negotiating a bribe to the son-in-law of a former chief justice of India to influence the verdict in a mining case. "Congress has no place for Dalits and backwards", he said.

Sibal said: "We told Election Commission that such kind of videos can't be a part of campaigning".

Four current and former chief ministers are also in the fray, including Siddramaiah, who is contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari, Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura, Kumaraswamy (Chennapatna and Ramanagara), and BJP's Jagdish Shettar from Hubbali-Dharwad. "It will rout Congress and JDS in the polls", said BJP candidate Preetham Gowda.

After a day of intense campaigning for the May 12 assembly elections in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited an ice-cream parlour in Bengaluru for some rest and to chat with the citizens of the IT city.

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"I have now learnt to deal with the Prime Minister". The election in south Bengaluru's Jayanagar constituency was countermanded following the death of BJP's candidate B N Vijayakumar on May 4. But, when it comes to its other constitutional mandates to hold "free and fair" polls, there is bound to be some doubts, considering the ground reality. As the campaigning ended on May 10, here is an interactive map of the constituencies that Modi, Rahul and Siddaramaiah visited.

Rally after election rally, Mr Gandhi targeted BJP's chief ministerial candidate Mr Yeddyurappa over corruption when he helmed the state while BJP was in power between 2008 and 2013. The results for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 will be declared on May 15.

PM Modi, on the other hand, sought to dent Congress' Dalit vote base in his video address saying that the Congress never respected Babasaheb Ambedkar.

The Congress president frequently referred to fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in his speeches, alleging the government allowed him to flee the country after defrauding the Punjab National Bank. The Congress said Rahul Gandhi bought the ticket before travelling on the Namma Metro.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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