Bengaluru: As the Karnataka Assembly elections are scheduled to be held the day after tomorrow (Wednesday), the final phase of election campaigning has concluded this evening. All the 224 assembly constituencies of Karnataka will be held in a single phase the day after tomorrow. In view of this, the burning campaign which was going on for more than a month ended today at 5 pm.
Attention Rahul: Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was campaigning for the election in Bengaluru this morning, attracted attention by interacting with the people in a very natural way. Rahul Gandhi went to a coffee shop on Bengaluru’s Cunningham Road, then came out and went to a nearby bus stand. He interacted with the college students and girls who were waiting for the bus there. Later, he also traveled with them in the bus.
At that time, the promises mentioned in the election manifesto of the Congress party regarding the free bus service for women and Rs. He also mentioned about the scheme of providing 2 thousand. During this trip, the college students showed great interest in taking photos and taking selfies with Rahul Gandhi. Along with them, Rahul Gandhi took photographs and took selfies with some of them by buying their mobile phones. Subsequently, he campaigned through methods such as election campaign public meetings and road vehicle rallies. A large number of people participated in this.
Congress leader and Karnataka native Mallikarjuna Kharge participated in the election campaign rally in Kalaburki and sought votes from the people highlighting the key aspects of his party’s manifesto. Specifically, 200 units of free electricity for every household, Rs.2 thousand per month for every head of household, free bus service for women, Rs. 3,000, and 10 kg of rice free every month to the below poverty line, he listed promises.
Priyanka Campaign: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi collected votes through a vehicle rally in Vijayanagara area. He asked them to vote for the Congress to create a bright future and form a government that people can be proud of. He also urged to end the current corruption and looting in Karnataka. People gathered on both sides of the roads he traveled to welcome him.
Later speaking to the media, Priyanka Gandhi said, “Congress will win this election and form the government. I don’t want to say how many seats we will win. We are seeing the support given to us by the people. There will definitely be an end to the corrupt government.” Major leaders of the Congress party, D.K. Sivakumar and Siddaramaiah campaigned separately.
How is the BJP campaign? – Today is the last day of the election campaign. No campaigning by Natta, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi etc. At the same time, leaders including Chief Minister Basavaraj Tommy, Yeddyurappa were engaged in election campaign. Yeddyurappa campaigned in Shivamogga district along with his son BS Vijayendra, the candidate, seeking votes. Speaking to reporters later, Yeddyurappa said all Lingayats are with the BJP; He said that BJP will get their vote.
BJP’s election campaign was geared towards impressing upon the people that if BJP wins in Karnataka, the twin engine rule will continue and it will take Karnataka’s development to new heights. Also, the BJP campaigned that the Congress would increase the reservation for Muslims from 4 per cent to 6 per cent if it won in Karnataka as anti-Hindu. Speaking to the media, Home Minister Amit Shah said, “If we are going to increase the quota for Muslims by 2 percent, the Congress should make it clear from whom it will take that 2 percent.” He also said that there is no place in the Constitution to provide reservation on the basis of religion.
BJP leader J.P. on Sonia Gandhi’s comment that Karnataka’s sovereignty will be protected. Natta strongly condemned. Speaking to the media, he said, “The idea of Karnataka’s sovereignty shows that the Congress has gone bankrupt. Hindus will give a strong response to the fact that the Congress has announced in its election manifesto that it will ban the Bajrang Dal organization. The Kerala story has exposed the emergence of a new type of terrorism without explosives.”
Secular Janata Dal leader Kumaraswamy campaigned in Chennapatna. If Karnataka is to be seen as belonging to the Kannada people, the secular Janata Dal must win, he spoke in a regional spirit. The heated election campaign, which was carried out by various parties to incite sentiments including caste, religion, language and region, came to an end at 5 pm today.