Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka: Congress chief interacts with sanitary workers, business leaders in Bengaluru

Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka:  The Congress' pre-poll campaign called 'Jana Ashirwad Yatre' will culminate with a roadshow at the Bengaluru Palace Grounds today. Follow this space for the latest developments from Rahul Gandhi's visit to the poll-bound state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 8, 2018 7:50:08 pm
Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka LIVE UPDATES: Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka: The Congress president toured the southern Karnataka districts of Kolar and Chikaballapur on Saturday. (File)

With campaigning heating up in poll-bound Karnataka, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday is making attempts to reach out to the voters of Bengaluru. He started his campaign by meeting a group of sanitary workers at Jakkarayana Kere. He also had an interaction with industrialists in the capital city Bengaluru. In the noon, Gandhi met a group of women entrepreneurs under the theme “In Conversation with Women of Bengaluru.” The Congress’ pre-poll campaign, called ‘Jana Ashirwad Yatra’, will culminate with a roadshow at the Bengaluru Palace Grounds at 5 pm.

On Saturday, Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, had trained his guns on BJP chief Amit Shah for equating the opposition parties to animals. Calling it “disrespectful”, the Congress chief said, “The fact of the matter is that between Amit Shah and Modi, they are convinced that they are the only two human beings in this country. That is all. That is the reality.” Taking a swipe at PM Modi over atrocities against Dalits, Gandhi said, “He is under the impression that respecting Dalits is about going and bowing before the statue of Ambedkarji. You destroy everything that Ambedkar stood for, you destroy Dalits, allow them to be killed and murdered and then you say I am doing Namaste in front of Ambedkarji’s statue. It shows the mindset.”

The Congress president toured the southern Karnataka districts of Kolar and Chikaballapur on Saturday. Karnataka will go to polls in one phase on May 12, and the results will be announced on May 15.

Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka:

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19:50 (IST) 08 Apr 2018

Bengaluru is respected all across the world because of the way you work, the way you think, and the way you act. We respect everything that Bengaluru has given towards the progress of our nation. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and the Congress party will leave no stone unturned to protect your way of life: Rahul Gandhi #JanaAashirwadaYatre

19:46 (IST) 08 Apr 2018

"On behalf of the Congress party, I assure you that the suggestions given by people from every district of Karnataka will find a place in our election manifesto, " says Congress President Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Karnataka.

19:30 (IST) 08 Apr 2018

Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP-led Centre of ignoring Karnataka.

19:29 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Rahul Gandhi on Rafale aircraft deal

UPA had signed a deal to purchase Rafale aircraft for our Air Force and gave the contract to HAL. This would've created jobs for youth in Bengaluru. PM Modi snatched this deal from HAL & gave it to his industrialist friend," Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka #JanaAashirwadaYatre 

17:12 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Rahul Gandhi: Must compete with China in creating jobs

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said the government would be able to instill faith among the young only by competing with China in creating jobs, and asserted the issue would be the central theme for India in the coming years.

China would be India’s competitor in the sector for the next 30 years, Gandhi said.

“The only way for the government to instill faith in it among youngsters is to create jobs by competing with China, which will be India’s competitor for the next 30 years,” he said, adding that the issue of job creation would be the central theme in the future. Read More

15:38 (IST) 08 Apr 2018

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi at a book store in Church Street in Bengaluru.

15:21 (IST) 08 Apr 2018

Congress President Rahul Gandhi takes a ride across town in the Namma Metro in Bengaluru. (Source: AICC/Twitter)

15:13 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru

Rahul Gandhi met with Kavita Lankesh, the sister of slain journalist-cum-activist Gauri Lankesh during his interaction with women achievers from Bengaluru.

14:09 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Gandhi 'in conversation with women of Bengaluru'

Rahul Gandhi held a meeting with the women entrepreneurs at Radisson Blue Hotel under the theme “In Conversation with Women of Bengaluru.”

13:03 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Rahul Gandhi holds discussions with business leaders in Bengaluru

Rahul Gandhi interacted with business leaders in Bengaluru on Sunday (Source: Twitter/INC)

13:01 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Rahul meets sanitation workers in Bengaluru

Rahul Gandhi interacted with sanitation workers in Bengaluru on Sunday (Twitter/INC)

11:36 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
11:01 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Collapse in the govt: Rahul Gandhi

On Saturday, continuing his attack against PM Modi and Amit Shah, Gandhi said, “There is a basic loss of control and you can see it in Mr Modi’s demeanour, in his expression, in his speeches and you can see it in Mr Amit Shah’s confusion and the anger that he is coming out with, that all people are animals except myself. It is a demonstration of the complete fracture of the system.'

“What is happening, frankly, is that there is a collapse in the government. This collapse has taken place for two or three reasons. One is complete financial mismanagement — demonetisation — and implosion of the financial system. Nirav Modi is an example. Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya… are all examples. We do not understand really and neither does the government as to what is the extent of the hole in the financial sector due to this,’’ he said. Read more

10:22 (IST) 08 Apr 2018
Rahul Gandhi's schedule for the day
10:22 (IST) 08 Apr 2018

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