Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 LIVE updates: Speaking in Koppal Vijayapura, Sonia Gandhi said that nobody would have seen a prime minister who talks so much but is always quiet on issues that matter. "I ask him, what has he done? What has he doen for the farmers, for the poors, for the middle class," Sonia said.
Speaking in Koppal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We only have one mantra, 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas'. But on the other hand, there is a party that ruled for 60 years out of the 70 years of independence. But they only run and oust the government only for one family."
In Pavagada, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Modi over his promise of providing 2 crore jobs to the youth every year. "What Narendra Modi government couldn't do at the Centre, Congress government was able to execute in Karnataka. And in the next five years, the Congress government will provide one crore jobs to the youth in state," he added.
Modi, in his address in Vijayapur, said, "Congress leaders have stopped visiting homes to seek votes. Now they are sitting in their offices, and thinking whom to accuse for their loss; should they blame EVMs or something else. They are planning ways to blame EVMs."
Reacting to Rahul's 'airplane mode' jibe at Narendra Modi, BJP said that the Congress president will go on vacation mode after the end of campaigning in Karnataka. "We know it is getting difficult here. Three more days and you can switch to your vacation mode,' the party said in a tweet.
Moments after Rahul attacked the BJP for projecting BS Yeddyurappa as a chief ministerial candidate despite him facing corruption charges, the saffron party hit back on Twitter. It said, "While the high court has acquitted all charges against Yeddyurappa, you still face a Rs 5000 crore corruption charge and are out on bail; yet you see pipedream of becoming the prime minister."
Taking a dig at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP said on Twitter that "Ms Antonio Maino" will be in Karnataka on Tuesday to "save her last citadel from falling". Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will be in Vijyapura for campaigning on Tuesday.
Modi is scheduled to address public meetings in Vijayapura, Koppal, and Bengaluru on Tuesday, while BJP national president Amit Shah is expected to hold roadshows in four constituencies.
While Congress president Rahul Gandhi will interact with "eminent citizens" through the Samruddha Bharat platform, Sonia will be addressing a mega rally at BLDE New Campus grounds in Vijayapura on Tuesday.
With just four days left for Karnataka to go for polls, BJP, Congress, and JD(S) are putting up a tough fight to assert that each is capable of forming government on its own.
On Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by likening him to a mobile phone, saying that "Modiji uses only speaker and airplane mode and not work mode".
His retort came in response to a query from reporters about Modi's jibe at an election rally that the Congress would be reduced to "PPP (Punjab, Puducherry and Parivar) Congress" after the Karnataka polls.
"There are three modes in a cell phone: the first is the work mode, the other two are speaker mode and airplane mode. Modiji only uses speaker and airplane mode, he never uses work mode," Rahul said.
Keeping up the heat on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over his alleged links with a company running a Ponzi scheme, BJP on Monday sought to know his connection with its head Vijay Eswaran, who was under serious scrutiny of the UPA government.
Union Minister for communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad sought to know why Siddaramaiah feted a person who, despite being investigated by the UPA government, came to Karnataka and initiated ponzi schemes.
He sought to know from the chief minister who Vijay Eswaran was and how he had feted him in China.
"...a person against whom the Serious Fraud Investigation office had investigatedunder Manmohan Singh, not only feted by you in China, but atyour instance comes to Karnataka to invest and initiates ponzischemes," he said.
Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah served a Rs 100-crore legal notice on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and party's Karnataka unit chief BS Yeddyurappa for alleged defamatory speeches and advertisements against him in the media.
The BJP leaders will have to face civil and criminal action and pay damages of Rs 100-crore in the event of the BJP leaders failed to withdraw their statements and issuing an unconditional public apology, the notice added.
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Updated Date: May 11, 2018 16:49:50 IST