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Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 LIVE updates: No PM stooped as low as Modi for polls, says Manmohan Singh

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12:38 (IST)

'Shocking that Narendra Modi stoops so low for elections'

Manmohan Singh accused the BJP of polarising the populations ahead of the 12 May polls in Karnataka. "It is shocking that the prime minister stoops so low during election, it is unbecoming of the prime minister. Particularly, when he is in state where election are set to take place. No prime minister has used election time to say things in manner that Modi ji has tried," he said

12:31 (IST)

'Modi govt has punished the people'

Speaking at the press briefing in Bengaluru, ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh criticised the NDA government for increase in fuel prices. "Petrol and diesel prices are at a historic high.This is in spite of lower international crude oil prices because the Narendra Modi government chooses to levy excessive excise taxes. Instead of passing on the benefits of low prices to the people, the Modi government has punished the people," he said.

"Every time we have sought an answer for any of the disastrous policies of the present BJP government, all we hear is that the intentions are virtuous," he said, adding that Modi government's policies has resulted in "massive losses" for the country.

12:25 (IST)

'Demonetisation, GST dealt a blow to rural economy and common man'

"Growth rate under NDA is lower than UPA despite favourable global conditions and changes in calculation methods," Manmohan Singh said at a press conference in Bengaluru.

"Demonetisation and hasty implementation of GST dealt a blow to the rural economy and to the common man. High petrol prices have made the situation worse and mismanagement of the Modi government is evident," he said.

12:15 (IST)

Manmohan Singh slams Modi govt on economic policies

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh addressed a press conference to lash out at the Narendra Modi government over its "mismanagement of vision" in terms of economic policies. "Our farmers are facing an acute crisis, our aspirational youth are not finding opportunities, and the economy is growing below its potential. The unfortunate truth is that each of these crises was entirely avoidable," he said.

12:04 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi to lead protest in Kolar over increase in fuel prices

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the BJP-led central government over increase in fuel prices. "The BJP government collected Rs 10 lakh crore in taxes on petrol/LPG/diesel since 2014. Yet, no relief in prices for our citizens," he said, adding that he will lead a protest in Kolar over the issue.

12:02 (IST)

Manmohan Singh scheduled to address press conference in Bengaluru today

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to address a press conference at the Karnataka Congress headquarters in Bengaluru today.

11:55 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi's schedule for 7 May

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Kolar distict at 12.20 pm and is scheduled to make three addresses in Bangalore Rural district later. He will attend a corner meeting Hoskote District Stadium at 2.15 pm, and another one in Junior College Ground in Devanahalli at 4 pm. His last address of the day is scheduled at 5.40 pm in Dadaballapura.

11:15 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath visits Chennabasava Patta Devara Mutt in Bhalki

11:10 (IST)

With no Muslims among BJP candidates, state's largest religious minority may turn to Siddaramaiah

In at least eight constituencies Muslims make up at least half the population and in a dozen more seats they can play a decisive role in deciding the winner. Not surprisingly, the BJP does not have a single Muslim candidate. The Congress and JD(S) do have Muslim candidates, but their numbers in the Assembly have been dwindling with each election, even though it is expected that this election will see caste and religious lines being drawn more sharply than usual.

The Congress has fielded 15 Muslim candidates (Congress Muslim leaders had demanded 30), while the JD(S) has 17. But the JD(S) faces a “trust deficit among Muslims as they are seen as having helped the BJP grow in the state.

10:52 (IST)

JD(S) releases manifesto

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy released the party's manifesto. The party has promised farm loan waiver within 24 hours of taking oath, if elected to power.

10:41 (IST)

Siddaramaiah hits back at BJP for alleging connection with Ponzi scheme

A day after BJP accused Siddaramaiah of having links with a Ponzi scheme, Siddaramaiah hit back on Twitter and said, "If BJP wants to go with this logic of using a photo to accuse me, then it should also accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his photo with Nirav Modi in Davos."

In the photograph, Siddaramaiah is seen alongside absconder Vijay Ishwaran at the World Economic Forum in 2013.

10:29 (IST)

Siddaramaiah lists 5 reason why Karnataka shouldn't vote for BJP

In a series of tweets, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah listed five reasons why Karnataka should not vote for the BJP:

  1. BJP ran the most corrupt government in the history of Karnataka," Siddaramaiah alleged.
  2. BJP ran an unstable govt with 3 CMs in 5 years.
  3. BJP has no respect for freedom.
  4. BJP has no commitment to peace.
  5. BJP does not keep the promises it makes. 

10:04 (IST)

Siddaramaiah challenges Yeddyurappa for an open debate, says Modi also welcome

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah claimed on Monday that Narendra Modi is deliberately confusing voters in Karnataka with his speeches on non-issues. "All hot air & no substance," he said in a tweet.

He said that his contest was with Yeddyurappa and not Modi. "I challenge him (Yeddyurappa) to an open debate on issues on a single platform. Will he accept? Modi is also welcome," he tweeted.

09:56 (IST)

Modi promise to the youth: Five world-class sport centres, 60 BPO complexes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address through his app, praised the youth of Karnataka for proving their "mettle in all fields". Five world-class sports centres will be established in Karnataka under the BJP government. "After coming to power, BJP will establish 60 state-of-the-art Namma BPO complexes across Karnataka and a corpus of Rs 250 Crore for low interest loans to encourage local entrepreneurs to set up BPO businesse," he said.

09:50 (IST)

Modi appeals to BJP workers to not resort to political violence 

Asserting that violence in any form should not be allowed by any political party in a democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to BJP’s youth karyakartas in Karnataka to not "act in vengeance even when they have lost their several karyakartas in political violence".

09:47 (IST)

India making its spot in global start-up scene, says Modi

Claiming that BJP has embraced technology unlike Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "India is making's its spot in the global start-up scene. The youth of Karnataka are energetic, brave and hardworking. The youth of this state will get many benefits from the central government.

"More than 1.27 MUDRA loans have been given under our government. Through our schemes, 1 lakh youth have been trained for skills."

09:44 (IST)

Narendra Modi speaks on poll violence

"In 1984 there was a phase of violence after Indira Gandhi's assassination. Since then it seems violence has become a part of the political system. Our workers were killed in Tripura, Kerala, Karnataka. This doesn't suit democracy. Violence must be opposed," Narendra Modi said in his address.

09:42 (IST)

Narendra Modi addresses youth BJP workers through app

Addressing BJP workers in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "There is no space for violence in a democracy. When a person loses faith in himself and doesn't have the strength to speak or accept the truth, he chooses the path of politcial violence."

Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 LIVE updates: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh addressed a press conference to lash out at the Narendra Modi government over its “mismanagement of vision” in terms of economic policies. “Our farmers are facing an acute crisis, our aspirational youth are not finding opportunities, and the economy is growing below its potential,” he said.

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Monday released the party’s manifesto. The party has promised farm loan waiver within 24 hours of taking oath, if elected to power.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah listed five reasons why BJP should not be voted to power in Karnataka and challenged BS Yeddyurappa for an open debate. Meanwhile, Prime Minster Narendra Modi interacted with youth BJP workers and exuded confidence in BJP through his app on Monday.

With just six more days left for Karnataka to go to polling, campaigning in the state has gathered steam as the Congress, the BJP, and the JD(S) are pulling out all stops to woo the voters. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have been busy with campaigning as the BJP is making a strong bid to unseat the Congress.

Addressing as many as four rallies on Sunday, Modi flayed the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka for celebrating the “jayantis of Sultans” for the sake of “vote bank politics”.

Look at the Congress character….whose jayanti needs to celebrated with respect, from whom we have to draw inspiration for generations to generations, they can’t think about celebrating their jayantis”.

“Veera Madakari and Onake Obavva are forgotten, but for the sake of vote bank politics they are into celebrating jayantis of Sultans,” he said.

Batting for the Congress’ return in Karnataka, party leader P Chidambaram said on Twitter that the voters would compare five years of “development” under Chief Minister Siddaramaiah versus five years of “instability” from 2008 under BJP’s three chief ministers.

The former finance and home minister claimed on Saturday that the people would remember that it was the same three “incompetent” men, who were leading the BJP’s campaign in 2018.

BS Yeddyurappa, DV Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar were the chief ministers when the BJP was in power in Karnataka from 2008 to 2013.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has urged BJP to stop dragging Islamabad in the election campaign in Karnataka.

“BJP’s concoctions continue unabated. Be it Gujarat or Karnataka, Pakistan is sadly invoked to try to get electoral gains within India,” foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal tweeted on Saturday.

Elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly are due on 12 May.

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