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Karnataka assembly elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi says Congress spreading ‘lies’, dividing society

Karnataka assembly elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Elections for the 224-seat Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 12 and results will be declared on May 15.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: April 26, 2018 8:08:07 pm
BJP vs Congress in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Karnataka assembly elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Elections for the 224-seat Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 12 and results will be declared on May 15.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday slammed the Congress, accusing the grand old party of spreading “lies” and “false” propaganda. He said the Congress is dividing society on caste lines. He interacted with Karnataka BJP leaders and party candidates through NaMo app today, ahead of the high-pitched battle for state Assembly elections due next month. PM’s address to party workers, office-bearers and elected representatives comes days after a few members of the party protested against the high command’s decision to deny the Varuna ticket for chief minister candidate B S Yeddyurappa’s younger son B Y Vijayendra.

In an effort to placate him, the party has elevated him to the position of Yuva Morcha general secretary. Vijendra’s supporters protested against the BJP national leadership’s decision in Mysuru area on Monday, a day before the filing of nominations. Yeddyurappa subsequently announced that he had decided not to field his son. Sources told The Indian Express that the decision was taken at the penultimate hour to prevent the Yeddyurappa camp from causing any damage to the party before the nominations closed. Elections for the 224-seat Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 12 and results will be declared on May 15.

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Karnataka assembly elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS:

16:07 (IST)26 Apr 2018
PM says BJP's priority for Karnataka is farmers' well-being and better infrastructure across the state
15:36 (IST)26 Apr 2018
PM Modi says people of Karnataka will reject Congress for its negative politics
15:11 (IST)26 Apr 2018
Stressing on overall development agenda, PM Modi says the NDA government has been boosting India's growth in past four years
14:07 (IST)26 Apr 2018

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13:02 (IST)26 Apr 2018
BJP shows who's in control, denies Yeddyurappa's son ticket

The BJP has decided not to allow B S Yeddyurappa, BJP's Karnataka state president and chief ministerial candidate, to field his son from Varuna constituency. B Y Vijayendra, 38, had campaigned in the district for nearly three weeks. A source in the BJP told The Indian Express, "The party high command, which has accommodated much of (Yeddyurappa) wishes, decided to show who is in control." 

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12:22 (IST)26 Apr 2018
Adityanath, Akhilesh and Mayawati to campaign in Karnataka

Several leaders are heading to Karnataka, apart from PM Narendra Modi. Stalwards including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati are heading down south to campaign. In the run up to the polls, Adityanath is likely to address 35 rallies, reports PTI. Akhilesh will campaign for the two dozen candidates his party has fielded. BSP is contesting 20 seats and in alliance with the JD(S).

11:32 (IST)26 Apr 2018
15 rallies in 5 days — PM Modi heads to Karnataka next week

As the date of polling draws closer, PM Modi will address 15 rallies in five days next week, sources told The Indian Express. The Prime Minister is reportedly likely to spend less time at each place unlike past election rallies. Despite opinion polls suggesting a tight fight in Karnataka, leaders asserted that the party will get a clear edge over the Congress once PM Modi starts campaigning. Read more here.

10:10 (IST)26 Apr 2018
PM accuses Siddaramaiah govt of petty politics

"Had the local state government not indulged in petty politics, had they extended full cooperation, we could have achieved even better figures. I want to add more pace to our development works in Karnataka. I need your support for this to happen."

10:01 (IST)26 Apr 2018
PM Modi highlights his govt's achievements

"In Karnataka, close to Rs 14000 cr of road works are under progress. It will serve good fortunes for Karnataka for a century. While we constructed 1750 Km of highways in 4 years, for Karnataka, UPA had only built half of this. In Renewable Energy sector, UPA added only 2000 MW to the power grid while we added 7,800 MW in just 4 years. In Solar Energy alone, we have piled up 4800 MW capacity as compared to a meagre 31 MW under UPA's rule."

10:00 (IST)26 Apr 2018
PM Modi attacks Congress

"If you analyse last few elections, you will realise how few political parties have indulged only in dividing societies on religious lines. They exploit emotions of some community before elections and forget them after the elections...Congress has resorted to rampant lying after a series of defeats in elections. In such circumstances, karyakartas must stand their ground, expose their lies and also fight their means of deceiving people by hiring foreign agencies."

09:57 (IST)26 Apr 2018
PM Modi to Karnataka BJP leaders

"Parties fear discussions on development as it is measurable. Development is not an issue for ones who indulge in caste-based politics, they give a lollipop of fake promises to particular community and then do same with another community in next elections...We are fighting elections only on the issue of development. There is one aspect on which they can never defeat us, that is our power as a party & the power of the party's youth force."

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