The latest scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, whose family has produced three prime ministers since 1947, has hit back by highlighting scandals under Mr Modi's government. The party has a limited presence in the four other southern states, where it is unlikely to contest an election without a regional ally. It is for the first time that people would be able know about the queue status at polling stations with large number of voters through a mobile app, sources said.
A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray and 4.96-crore electorate, including 2.44 crore women, will cast their votes.
Both the Congress and the BJP continue to indulge in charges and counter-charges. Rs 100 crore was paid, alleged the party adding that in order to sway the court's decision in favour of G Janardhana Reddy, who was recently barred by the Supreme Court from entering Bellari to campaign for BJP candidates.
"MLA Munirathna Naidu runs democracy at his will". It remains to be seen whether this poll-eve gambit would help the Congress outwit the saffron party and retain power in a State that never returned the incumbent government to power since 1985. The BJP should have challenged him to defeat it in the 2019 general polls. He is contesting from Shikaripura, a seat which he has won six times.
The state is the last major bastion of the opposition Congress party, which India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to break into.More news: Donald Trump Jr. Is Dating Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle
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"Do not believe in such fake stings which make rounds now and then", BJP president Amit Shah said at a press conference, when asked about the "sting videos" circulating in the social media.
VVPAT machines will be used with all EVMs. All preparations are complete by the Election Commission. He predicted that the Congress chief ministerial face will lose elections from both Chamundeshwari and Badami.
"I have now learnt to deal with the Prime Minister".
"The RSS is trying to take over your state, attacking Basavanna, your language, your culture and your wonderful food", Gandhi said in Bengaluru.
Apart from blame games and mud-slinging, the party manifestoes tried their best to woo traditional voter banks. That is a 173 percent rise in the farmers' suicide rate. He even said that with a fund of 1.5 Lakh crore every field in Karnataka will be watered. Citing a video, the Congress in its letter to the EC said: "The evidence gives rise to serious questions and allegations about certain heinous and deplorable criminal activities being indulged in by the BJP's candidate Shri".