Polling in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Nagar constituency in Bengaluru scheduled to be held tomorrow has been deferred till May 28. From corruption to communalism, CM Siddaramaiah's Rs 70 lakh Hublot watch to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin, the electoral potboiler had it all. Engaged in a raging war of words, the BJP alleged that Congress was behind the racket, but the ruling party in the state rejected the charge as a "lie".
"That is the reason why Baba Saheb had to face defeat and insult".
While the BJP used the services of several Union Ministers from Central government as well as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Congress sent its top leadership including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, and P Chidambaram for the poll campaign.
The BJP president claimed that Siddaramaiah is going to lose from both the seats and expressed confidence that the BJP will win at least 130 seats in the 224-member Assembly and there will be no need to take any party's support.
Sriramulu is believed to be a close confidant of scam-tainted mining baron and owner of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) Janardhana Reddy. Whether it was the temple-hopping of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, his challenge to the Prime Minister for a 15-minute debate in Parliament or the jibes fired by Modi targeting the Congress' first family, the campaign had rancour written all over it. "I am 100% confident because I am the chief minister".More news: Dozens killed as dam bursts in Kenya
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Over the last two months, the two national parties have pooled all their resources to indulge in an high voltage campaign with senior leaders traveling the length and breadth of the state.
The election for one constituency has been postponed following the death of B.N. Vijay Kumar, Jayanagar BJP candidate. There are 219 women candidates in the fray. In 2013, a turnout of 70.23 per cent was recorded. Unfortunately, pressing public issues like the near-collapse of civic infrastructure in Bengaluru, touted as India's Silicon Valley, the agrarian crisis and poor law and order had taken a backseat as the electioneering was dominated by identity politics and personal attacks.
After overnight stay on the hills, Mr Shah had darshan of Lord Balaji during the VIP break and also participated in " Abhishekham" seva today morning.
The BJP is making an all-out bid to oust the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka and is looking to come back to power in the state with BS Yeddyurappa, its chief ministerial candidate. "Fortunately, the people of Karnataka will not let that happen".
"This is how Modi and Yeddy (B S Yeddyurappa) are getting "Reddy" to loot Karnataka".