Karnataka Campaigning Intensifies as Modi, Gandhi Trade Accusations

Erika Holt
May 4, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed a public rally in Kalaburagi and said that very few people benefit when Congress wins an election.

Hitting at the Reddy brothers, two of whom are contesting from the BJP, Gandhi accused PM Modi of trying to "unleash the "Gabbar Singh gang" upon Karnataka".

Modi took a dig at the Congress for portraying the BJP as a party of Banias and Brahmins, and said the BJP was above caste and religious lines as a tea-seller like him, who belonged to a backward community, had become the Prime Minister. "They (Congress governments) neglected and insulted Field Marshal (KM) Cariappa", Modi said.

The poll is scheduled to be held on May 12. "Modi is aware about the happenings in Karnataka politics, and also what Rahul Gandhi said about me".

He rubbished pollsters' prediction about a hung Assembly and asserted that the BJP would form a government on its own as people have made up their mind to "demolish the Congress's last fortress".

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The campaign against the BJP was unfounded as the party had also made a Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind, the country's President. "PM Modi's rally on May 1 not only energised the BJP cadre, it even built momentum against the Congress".

"People used to go to Goa and Bengaluru for New year but the recent incidents during new year in Bengaluru have put the city to shame", Modi said at his closing rally for the day on Thursday in Bengaluru. Reddy brothers gang, which was in jail. The results will be out on May 15.

Janardhan Reddy was not present since he is barred from entering the region by the Supreme Court on account of the charges of allegedly selling iron ore worth over Rs 16,000 crore that was said to have been stolen from mines around Bellary between 2008-2011. "That's the difference between his governance and ours", Rahul said.

He also said that there has been no MSP (minimum support price) plus 50 per cent for farmers of Karnataka as promised by the Modi regime.

The moot question is whether voters continue viewing elections as a "referendum" of sorts on Mr Modi and his claims/promises or if they are willing to return to the era of "non-national" polls. "In 1948, after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by PM Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon".

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