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Karnataka elections LIVE: PM Modi rode to power on promise of reducing fuel prices, why is he unable to curtail them, asks Rahul Gandhi

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to address public meetings in four constituencies during the day. Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi, will also kickstart his ninth phase of campaign "Jan Aashirwada Yatra" with a protest march against rising petrol prices today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 7, 2018 7:31:19 pm
Karnataka elections LIVE: PM Modi rode to power on promise of reducing fuel prices, why is he unable to curtail them, asks Rahul Gandhi Karnataka assembly elections 2018: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing a gathering in Hoskote (Source: INC/Twitter)

Continuing his campaign trail in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday intensified attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over rising fuel prices. “PM Modi rode to power on the promise of reducing fuel prices. He should explain to the people why fuel prices are rising and why is he unable to curtail them,” Gandhi asked while addressing a gathering in Hoskote, Bengaluru Rural district.

Protesting against the high petrol and fuel prices, Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day rode a bicycle as he led a march on the issue while campaigning in Karnataka’s Kolar district. Gandhi, who resumed his poll campaign for the May 12 assembly polls, took out a protest march in Maluru in Kolar against rising petrol prices by riding a bicycle with other Congress workers walking or running behind him. The world over petrol prices were decreasing, but in India prices were still high, he lamented.

Earlier in the day, former prime minister Manmohan Singh slammed the Narendra-Modi government over its “disastrous policies” and accused it of “peddling conspiracy theories” instead of adopting “prompt corrective action”. While addressing the media in the Karnataka Congress headquarters in Bengaluru, Singh alleged that the PM was only “punishing” the people by levying excessive excise taxes.

PM Modi also interacted with Karnataka BJP’s Yuva Morcha workers via the Narendra Modi (NaMo) app earlier today. Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah also addressed public meetings in four constituencies during the day.

Read | LIVE in Karnataka: Congress carries out door-to-door campaigning in Hubli’s BJP-dominated areas

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19:31 (IST)07 May 2018
Amit Shah holds roadshow in Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency
18:14 (IST)07 May 2018
Rahul Gandhi targets BJP over 'tainted' Reddy brothers

The amount looted by Reddy brothers from Karnataka is roughly the same amount the UPA had allocated for MNREGA: Congress President @RahulGandhi #CongressMathomme #JanaAashirwadaYatre #INC4Karnataka pic.twitter.com/c4TJVlC38B— Congress (@INCIndia) May 7, 2018

18:08 (IST)07 May 2018
The JD(S) must clarify which side of the political spectrum it leans: Rahul Gandhi

Congress works for the welfare of the people. The JD(S) must clarify its ideology and towards which side of the political spectrum it leans: Rahul Gandhi in Devanahalli

17:30 (IST)07 May 2018
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17:13 (IST)07 May 2018
Yogi Adityanath mounts attack on Siddaramaiah in Belagavi

'Recently there was a thunderstorm in UP that affected many people. Our govt provided relief within 24 hours. Did Siddaramaiah ever pay a visit to families of farmers who committed suicide in Karnataka,' Yogi Adityanath said in Belagavi

16:51 (IST)07 May 2018
PM Modi should explain why fuel prices are rising: Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi rode to power on the promise of reducing fuel prices. He should explain to the people why fuel prices are rising and why is he unable to curtail them, Rahul Gandhi Gandhi said while addressing a gathering in Hoskote, Bengaluru Rural district.

16:46 (IST)07 May 2018
In the next 5 years, every person in Karnataka will own a house: Rahul Gandhi
16:44 (IST)07 May 2018
Congress stands united to defeat the BJP in Karnataka. We will win and form a people's Govt: Rahul
15:45 (IST)07 May 2018
PM Modi let Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya escape. What kind of 'chowkidar' is he, Siddaramaiah asks

"He (PM) calls himself a 'chowkidar'. He let Nirav Modi & Mallaya escape, what kind of 'chowkidar' is he? He keeps saying 'Achhe Din' but where are Achhe Din'? He thinks that just because he is saying it in Hindi we won't understand but we understand pretty well," Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by ANI.

15:30 (IST)07 May 2018
Siddaramaiah calls Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde 'nalayak'

'BJP doesn't believe in social justice, good for poor & socialism. Ananth Kumar Hegde is 'nalayak' not fit to be a gram panchayat leader & they have made him Union Minister. If Narendra Modi tries to change Constitution there will be bloodshed in this country,' Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by ANI.

14:35 (IST)07 May 2018
Women turn out in large numbers to join Rahul Gandhi's protest against rising fuel prices
14:32 (IST)07 May 2018
13:51 (IST)07 May 2018
Rahul Gandhi leads Congress' protest against fuel price rise in Kolar
13:49 (IST)07 May 2018
Cartoon by Mika

13:14 (IST)07 May 2018
13:14 (IST)07 May 2018
'Siddaramaiah govt symbol of corruption'
13:13 (IST)07 May 2018

"Siddaramaiah government promotes hate and those who embrace hate, cannot win in Karnataka," Shah said.

13:07 (IST)07 May 2018
UP CM attacks Rahul Gandhi

"Whenever the nation is facing some kind of crisis, Rahul runs away to Italy," Adityanath said in Bhalki.

13:05 (IST)07 May 2018
13:05 (IST)07 May 2018

"People of Karnataka will uproot corrupt the Siddaramaiah-led government from the state. We aren't just fighting elections to win. People need to ensure that Congress lose so badly that they lose their deposit in Naragund," Amit Shah said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Karnataka. (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Karnataka. (PTI)

On Sunday, PM Modi stepped up his criticism against the Congress and raked up the National Herald case to launch a direct attack on Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Hitting back at the Congress for targeting BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, he said the “mother and son who are out on bail” and are facing allegations of involvement in a “Rs 5,000 crore scam” are questioning the BJP.

In his speech at a massive public meeting of BJP workers from the Hubli-Dharwad region here, Modi also warned the Congress not to breach the “decorum” of public life and said: “Congress ke neta kaan kholkar ke sun lijiye. Agar seemaon ko paar karoge, tho yeh Modi hain, lene ke dene pad jayenge.” He also attacked the Congress, saying it had raised “questions on the surgical strike” and the valour of the country’s soldiers.

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