Bengaluru, May 10: It is the final day of campaigning for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 on Thursday. The high-pitch campaigning will come to an end at 5 pm today. The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are putting their full force in place to make the best of the final few hours of campaigning. BJP President Amit Shah will hold roadshow in Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s constituency Badami. BJP has also sent 23 of its senior leaders including Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ananth Kumar, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan, to Karnataka on the final day of campaigning. Also Read - West Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari Resigns as State Transport Minister, Cracks Widen In Trinamool Congress
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also been on campaign trail in Karnataka over the past few days, trading charges and taking digs at each other. On Wednesday, PM Modi reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s admission that he was ready for the job of the nation’s Prime Minister if the Congress emerges as the single largest party. (Also Read: Key candidates in fray in Karnataka polls) Also Read - Amarinder Singh Condemns Haryana Govt's Attempts To Prevent Farmers March To Delhi
Addressing a rally, PM Modi said that Rahul Gandhi’s PM ambition shows his sky-high arrogance. Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi‘s statement on becoming the Prime Minister in 2019, PM Modi said: “He came like those bullies, barging his way ahead when there are others who have many years of experience. How can someone just declare himself as the Prime Minister? This is simply nothing but sky-high arrogance.” Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral
On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi said in his Basavanagudi rally that people of Karnataka will reject Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatriya Janata Party. The Congress president also attacked the Prime Minister for being silent on the issue of alleged Dalit atrocities.
“While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay his tribute to BR Ambedkar, he stays quiet when people from SC and ST communities are attacked. People will throw out Narendra Modi and the BJP from Karnataka first, followed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” Gandhi said.
Opinion polls have pointed at the possibility of a hung Assembly in Karnataka, with Congress most likely to emerge as the single largest party. Voting is set to take place on May 12 while the Karnataka Election Results will be declared on May 15 when the counting of votes takes place.