Bengaluru, May 4: Politics is heating up ahead of the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaigning aggressively in the state. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi traded charges at each other while campaigning in the state on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to campaign in Karnataka today. Meanwhile, the BJP is also expected to release its manifesto for the Karnataka polls. Stay with us for Live updates on campaigning for Karnataka elections 2018.
BJP’s day will begin today with PM Modi addressing the party’s women wing (mahila morcha) in Karnataka via the NaMo App at 9 am. Reports say that Modi is set to address a total of 21 rallies in Karnataka, of which he has addressed six rallies in the past three days. Adityanath is expected to address four rallies in the state today. Rahul Gandhi has also been campaigning for the Congress and addressed multiple rallies on Thursday.
On Thursday, Modi and Gandhi launched scathing attacks against each other while campaigning in Karnataka. The two political heavyweights addressed a number of rallies in the state. While Modi played a nationalism card and accused the Congress of promoting only one family, Gandhi took a swipe at him for his “personal attacks” that “doesn’t behove” of a person holding a high office.
Modi alleged that the Congress had insulted the Indian Army by questioning the truth behind 2016 surgical strikes against terrorists in Pakistan. Gandhi, who has been at the receiving end of Modi’s salvos during BJP’s poll campaign in Karnataka, said the Prime Minister’s personal attacks implied he had no answers to the issues raised by him.
He questioned his silence over the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal and fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi who defrauded the Punjab National Bank of thousands of crores of rupees.
Polling for the Karnataka elections will take place on May 12 while counting of votes will take place on May 15.