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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Highlights: BJP manifesto poorly crafted fantasy, offers nothing unique to voters, says Rahul Gandhi

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: At the inauguration of the election manifesto, Yeddyurappa stressed on BJP's commitment towards welfare of the farmers and also announced various measures for them in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 4, 2018 7:59:50 pm
Karnataka assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Congress President Rahul Gandhi began the eighth phase of Jana Ashirwada Yatre on Thursday. (INC/Twitter) Karnataka assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Congress President Rahul Gandhi began the eighth phase of Jana Ashirwada Yatre on Thursday. (INC/Twitter)

As the electoral heat reaches its peak in Karnataka, both BJP and Congress leaders campaigned across the state. While Rahul Gandhi addressed public meetings in Gajendragarh and Kalaburagi, BJP released its poll manifesto earlier in the day. BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa promised to re-introduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012 if the party came to power in the assembly elections slated for next week. At the inauguration of the election manifesto, Yeddyurappa stressed on the party’s commitment towards the welfare of the farmers and also announced various measures for them in the state.

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While addressing party workers in Kalaburagi, he took several potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over several issues ranging from crimes against women to Amit Shah’s son’s alleged business expansion. The state is set to go to the polls on May 12 while counting is scheduled for May 15.

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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Rahul Gandhi to addressed rallies in Kalburgi, Gadag and Haveri, BJP released poll manifesto. Here are the Highlights 

18:19 (IST)04 May 2018
Rahul Gandhi addressing public meeting in Shiggaon

Congress President addressing the final public meeting of the day once again attacked the government on the implementation of GST and demonetisation and said the PM placed 'Gabbar Singh' to take money from your pockets and place it in the hands of Nirav Modi. Now he wants that the entire gang of Gabbar Singh which includes Reddy brothers enter Vidhan Sabha. 

17:57 (IST)04 May 2018
Terrorism should not have space in our country: Adityanath in Karnataka

Siddharamiah govt is letting Jihadi elements in the state grow. Be it Uttar Pradesh or Karnataka, terrorism should not have space in our country. People in power who support them should be removed: UP CM Yogi Adityanath at Bagalkot

17:25 (IST)04 May 2018
Giving ticket to Yeddyurappa's son would have robbed BJP of 'anti-dynasty' ammunition

"...it is not that we have not given ticket to anybody (father, son), but giving it to one of the senior leaders and his son or daughter is different, and giving a ticket to Yeddyurappa (son) is different."  Yeddyurappa thought it "would rob the BJP of its ammunition in its fight against dynasty politics," said BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao. 

17:15 (IST)04 May 2018
PM Modi is 'sapno ka saudagar': Anand Sharma
16:59 (IST)04 May 2018
Congress' Manish Tiwari attacks BS Yeddyurappa
16:57 (IST)04 May 2018
Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Karnataka
16:56 (IST)04 May 2018
'Karnataka election is battle of ideologies'

The election is a battle between two ideologies, on one side it's the ideology of Congress,  Basavanna and Karnataka, while on the other is the ideology of BJP and RSS which wants to impose a singular thinking that does not respect your culture, food, and heritage

16:47 (IST)04 May 2018
Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi in Gajendragarh

PM Modi neither understands nor follows Basavanna's teachings, said Rahul Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in Gajendragarh. He added PM Modi's words are hollow. He has failed to fulfil the promises he made to the people of this country. 

16:35 (IST)04 May 2018
Rahul Gandhi addressing second public meeting in Gajendragarh

PM Modi had promised Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every India, however, he failed to deliver on his promises, says Rahul Gandhi. He added that Modiji promised youth that he will provide them 2 crore jobs, but that too was not fulfilled. 

16:23 (IST)04 May 2018
BJP manifesto has nothing to offer voters: Rahul Gandhi
15:54 (IST)04 May 2018
Yogi Adityanath to cut short Karnataka campaign trip

UP CM Yogi Adityanath cut shorts his campaign trip to Karnataka and will return to Agra tonight, after the death of over 100 people in the dust storm in the state. Adityanath was receiving immense criticism over his absence from the state at a time of such grave incident. He will review the relief and restoration works tomorrow morning. CM will then leave for Kanpur to monitor the restoration work there. 

15:07 (IST)04 May 2018
Holistic approach in setting up the manifesto: BJP
14:52 (IST)04 May 2018
Amit Shah hits back at Rahul Gandhi in Bhopal

Even if Rahul Gandhi uses binocular, he can't see Congress emerging victorious in the coming days. I wonder how Rahul Ji can dream of such things, says BJP President Amit Shah in Bhopal. The party is gearing up for elections in Madhya Pradesh. 

14:48 (IST)04 May 2018
BJP to bring 'White Paper' against Congress rule in Karnataka

Reaching out to farmers, the BJP manifesto for the Karnataka Assembly polls today promised allocation of Rs 1.5 lakh crore for irrigation projects and waiver of farm loan up to Rs one lakh borrowed from nationalised and cooperative banks. The manifesto, unveiled by BJP state unit president and the party's chief ministerial candidate, B S Yeddyurappa also said if voted to power, it would bring out a 'white paper' on the financial health of the state under the Congress rule. (PTI)

14:44 (IST)04 May 2018
Karnataka Congress goes the temple way
14:43 (IST)04 May 2018
Congress attacks PM Modi over campaigning in Karnataka
14:30 (IST)04 May 2018
Why is PM Modi afraid of the truth: Rahul
14:13 (IST)04 May 2018
Congress plans food processing plants for state farmers
14:12 (IST)04 May 2018
'Does Modi want Yeddyurappa, Reddys to loot the country?'

"Amit Shah himself had said Yeddyurappa is the most corrupt politician. Does PM Modi want him and the Reddys to loot the country?" Rahul asked.
He was referring to an incident in which Shah left Yeddyurappa embarrassed with a slip of tongue by calling him the most corrupt person.

14:02 (IST)04 May 2018
Will waive off farmers' loans in 10 days if voted to power: Rahul

Karnataka assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Congress President Rahul Gandhi began the eighth phase of Jana Ashirwada Yatre on Thursday. (INC/Twitter) Karnataka assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Congress President Rahul Gandhi began the eighth phase of Jana Ashirwada Yatre on Thursday. (INC/Twitter)

On Thursday, the southern state witnessed several BJP A-listers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, criss-crossing the state. Modi, who addressed rallies in Kalaburagi, Bellari and Bengaluru, focused his attention on corruption, saying the Congress government in Karnataka had created a ‘seedha-rupaiah sarkar’, playing a pun on CM Siddaramaiah’s name, where not even a single work was possible without bribery. For Congress, party chief Rahul Gandhi led the charge, saying he would resist from making any personal attacks on Modi because he was the prime minister.

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