Karnataka election highlights: Writing is clear on the wall, BJP will form full majority govt, says PM Modi in Mangalore

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: IndianExpress.com made its way to Badami — one of the two seats CM Siddaramaiah is contesting in the May 12 polls — and Mangalore, where PM Narendra Modi addressed a rally. Here are the highlights

Written by Vishnu Varma , Aaron Pereira | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2018 10:00:37 pm
Live in Karnataka: PM Narendra Modi reaches Mangalore rally venue PM Narendra Modi in Mangalore rally venue (Express Photo by Vishnu Varma)

Continuing on the Karnataka election trail on Saturday, IndianExpress.com travelled to Badami, one of the two seats from where Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s is contesting the May 12 elections. For the voters, this is the first time in decades that their constituency is hitting national headlines. Aaron Pereira made his way to this constituency in Bagalkot district to get a sense of the election mood.

Vishnu Varma, meanwhile, was in Mangaluru, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally.

For highlights from our on ground coverage yesterday (May 4) — Aaron Pereira visited the villages of Nipani and Chikkodi in Belgavi and Vishnu Varma was in Bantwal constituency — in pursuit of a lowdown on local issues and voter trends, click here.

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IndianExpress.com travels to Badami and Mangalore today as part of its coverage for the May 12 elections. Follow the highlights below.

20:14 (IST) 05 May 2018
Summary of Modi's Mangalore rally

The Prime minister focused most of his speech on the achievements of the Centre and the failures of the Congress. The political killings, which occurred in Dakshina Kannada, found mention in his speech. Some of his policies like the Ujjwala Yojana, DBT and Jan Dhan Yojana which find mention in almost every speech of the prime minister was addressed here too. He rejected the analysis of the political pundits that a hung assembly will develop post the elections. He said the mandate will strongly be in favour of the BJP.

However, the party's CM candidate was mentioned just twice in the PM's speech. No other state leader was mentioned as well. There were no mentions of the achievements of the Yeddyurappa govt as well.

The Nehru Maidan, venue of the rally, was filled to capacity by BJP workers.

Earlier, as the PM started speaking, when a translator started translating his Hindi speech to Kannada, the crowds protested and shouted and eventually the translator was sent away. The PM's rally was expected to address the voters of the two districts of Dakshina Kannada and Coorg. There are a total of 10 assembly constituencies in the two districts.

20:11 (IST) 05 May 2018
Modi concludes speech

Concluding his speech, PM Modi claimed that every survey is pointing out  BJP's win over the Congress and that the JD(s) would finish a distant third. 

20:07 (IST) 05 May 2018
BJP CM candidate Yeddyurappa finally gets a mention in Modi's speech

"Yeddyurappa is a son of a farmer. We will always work for farmers," Modi said. He, however, didn't reflect on the achievements of the Yeddyurappa govt. 

20:01 (IST) 05 May 2018
PM Modi takes on Congress over Triple Talaq bill

PM Modi slammed the Congress for stalling the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha. He said: "We have now brought a law. In Lok sabha, we passed it because we have a majority. But in Rajya Sabha, it is stuck because of Congress. Tell me, isn't the Congress anti-women?" He also pointed out that through the Sagarmala project, his government is upgrading ports. "It will have huge benefits for a coastal town like Mangalore," he said. He added that the Centre is working on 4 fishing harbours in the state, insisting that they have done immensely for the fishermen community.

19:48 (IST) 05 May 2018
Centre has given money to Karnataka to build houses, but Siddaramaiah govt is sleeping: PM Modi

Praising the BJP-led central government's initiatives, PM Modi said 30 crore families have bank accounts now through Jan Dhan Yojana. "We have brought them financial security," he said. 

Further, PM Modi reiterated his promise of providing a home for every family by 2022.  "When India celebrates 75 years of Independence, every family will have a home in our country," he said, while accusing the incumbent Congress government in the state of not utilising the funds granted by the Centre for building houses. 

"Centre has given money to the state to build houses, but this state government is sleeping. Does it have the right to sleep?" he asked. 

19:36 (IST) 05 May 2018
On May 12, people of Karnataka will punish Siddaramaiah government: PM Modi

Modi said BJP workers have been targeted in Congress-ruled Karnataka. "Our workers are being killed. Why are they being punished," the PM asked.  He said the people of the state will punish the Siddaramaiah government on May 12. 

19:29 (IST) 05 May 2018
Modi intensifies attack on Congress

Targeting the Rahul Gandhi-led party, Modi said, "Congress gets frightened because Modi speaks the truth. They don't have the courage to tolerate the truth." He also criticised the Congress over dynasty politics and said "In Congress, parivar is everything. I also have a parivar - 125 crore people."

19:22 (IST) 05 May 2018
State after state, Congress is losing. Soon it will struggle like a fish out of water: PM Modi

PM Modi said the following

"People don't want dynasty in a democracy."

"State after state, Congress is losing. Soon it will struggle like a fish out of water."

"You know how after note ban, bundles of money were coming out of houses of Congress leaders. Those who have looted the poor must give it back to people."

"24x7, they criticise Modi. If I go out of India, they oppose me. If I stay in the country, they criticise me."

19:11 (IST) 05 May 2018
BJP will form full majority govt in Karnataka, says PM Modi

Political pundits predicting a hung assembly should look at this crowd. People of Karnataka will form a full majority government in favour of BJP: PM Modi 

"The writing is clear on the wall. On may 15, BJP will form a government," he says

19:10 (IST) 05 May 2018
Modi addresses rally

As someone translates for PM, people shout and protest. "Translation mahi chahiye? Itna pyaar?" says Modi

19:00 (IST) 05 May 2018
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah holds roadshow in Guledgudda
18:37 (IST) 05 May 2018
PM Modi expected in next 10 mins

Right now, eight BJP candidates are in. Dakshina Kannada and two in Coorg district are speaking one after the other. PM Modi is expected in the next 10 mins.

18:34 (IST) 05 May 2018
Crowd swells at Modi's Mangalore rally
18:28 (IST) 05 May 2018
Crowds at the Narendra Modi's rally in Mangalore

Photo by @VishnuVarma

18:16 (IST) 05 May 2018
18:14 (IST) 05 May 2018
It's time for Yeddyurappa to retire, says BJP leader in Mangalore South

Gireesh Kothari, a BJP leader in Mangalore South, thinks Yeddyurappa is old and it's time for him to retire. "We need josh wala neta like Ananth Kumar Hegde who will support Hindutva," he says, adding that this is not a fight between Congress or BJP, but a battle between Hindus and Congress.

17:43 (IST) 05 May 2018
Songs praising Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman are being sung at the rally even as the crowds wait for PM Modi to arrive

17:24 (IST) 05 May 2018
Stage set for PM Modi's rally in Mangalore
16:04 (IST) 05 May 2018
14:54 (IST) 05 May 2018
Banashankari temple, Badami
14:46 (IST) 05 May 2018
Can't say who can win, but why not back our own local candidate? asks a local in Badami

ED Makaandar from Cholachagudda village, Badami says: “I can’t say who can win. People from other places (Siddaramaiah and Sriramulu) are coming to contest here. Why not back our own local candidate?”

Photo by Aaron Pereira

14:35 (IST) 05 May 2018
How important is the backing of the Kuruba community for Siddaramaiah's poll victory?

Shankarappa M, a Panchayat member, says Siddaramiah will win if he has the backing of the entire Kuruba community. “Why wouldn’t they want their leader to be CM? Kurubas are the largest community here. Their vote will be a key factor.”

Photo by Aaron Pereira

14:00 (IST) 05 May 2018
In 40*C weather...
13:57 (IST) 05 May 2018
Ahead of PM's rally in Mangaluru

This evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering in Mangaluru. It is one of the four rallies he will hold today, the third leg of his campaigning in the poll-bound state.

13:54 (IST) 05 May 2018
Siddaramaiah targets BJP for communal, divisive politics in Badami

Addressing a gathering of about 800 people at the Kalidas Educational Society in Badami, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday targeted the BJP for its communal and divisive politics. He told the voters that their choice is between assured development and communal violence. Read more here. (Express Photo/Aaron Pereira)

12:22 (IST) 05 May 2018

Meanwhile, as we draw closer to the high-stake elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are campaigning in different parts of the state today. You can track LIVE updates from their rallies here.

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12:18 (IST) 05 May 2018
In Badami, can CM Siddaramaiah retain Congress' hold?

Although Siddaramaiah belongs to the Kuruba community, of which a majority of the Badami constituencies voters are, the battle won’t be easy. Contesting against him is BJP’s B Sriramulu, a current Member of Parliament but someone who served in the 2008 BSY Yeddyurappa government as tourism minister. Either way, the voters are hopeful that some development will come their way.

12:15 (IST) 05 May 2018
Badami: Fact file

Here's a little about the Badami constituency — The Congress won the seat in 2013 (41.13 per cent vote share) defeating its nearest rival Mahantesh Mamadapur of the JD(S) (30.44 per cent vote share) by about 5,000 votes. Chimmanakatti Balappa Bhimappa in the incumbent MLA. The BJP came third winning 21.79 per cent of the vote share. The voter turnout was 70.71 per cent. In the 2008 Assembly election, the BJP won the seat securing 44.85 per cent of the votes while the Congress came second with 40.56 per cent vote share.

11:58 (IST) 05 May 2018

Meanwhile, here's an advertisement from the BJP camp in a local newspaper.

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11:56 (IST) 05 May 2018

On the way to Badami, one thing that is striking across is the quality of bus stands. Here's one at K Chandargi, a tiny village. 

11:54 (IST) 05 May 2018
Off to the land of the Chalukyas

A historic town, Badami is known for its caves that have largely been ignored thereby depriving it of its full potential as a tourism hotspot. This could change though, come May 15. With Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah contesting from here, voters are hopeful this constituency in Bagalkot district will now see development.

11:47 (IST) 05 May 2018
IndianExpress.com is in Badami and Mangalore today

As part of our ongoing coverage of the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, IndianExpress.com travels to two more constituencies to speak to local leaders and voters. In a bid to feel the pulse of the state, we bring you LIVE updates from Badami and Mangalore today. Track the latest news here through the day. 

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Bantwal and Belgaum constituencies Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Bantwal — The city of river Netrayathi.

IndianExpress.com on Friday traversed three constituencies as part of its coverage for the May 12 elections. Vishnu Varma visited Bantwal constituency in Dakshina Kannada district, part of the state’s coastal belt, in pursuit of a lowdown on local issues and voter trends. Aaron Pereira visited Nipani and Chikkodi in Belgavi district to see how the election was unfolding in these places. Click to read highlights from Friday's coverage. 

Earlier this week, Vishnu Varma also travelled to Mangalore to gauge the mood on the ground, while Aaron Pereira visited Kankumbi village which has been at the receiving end of the Mhadei water dispute.