Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Karnataka Assembly Elections - RR Nagar Poll Deferred To 28 May

Karnataka Assembly Elections - RR Nagar Poll Deferred To 28 May

Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegation that BJP leader B Sriramulu had bribed former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan seeking an order favouring a mining company owned by G Janardhan Reddy.

After a day of intense campaigning for the May 12 assembly elections in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited an ice-cream parlour in Bengaluru for some rest and to chat with the citizens of the IT city.

A day before Karnataka Assembly election 2018, the Congress on Friday demanded the Election Commission to disqualify BJP candidate B Sriramulu from contesting polls over a video allegedly showing him trying to a bribe a former chief justice of India's relative.

The Congress has been criticising the BJP and the prime minister for their decision to give tickets to eight persons from the "Reddy camp", including Reddy brothers G Somashekara Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy. He slammed the Congress for raising questions about the Army's surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The Congress, meanwhile, accused the BJP of staging a drama.

"The Congress campaign about a BJP-JDS deal is a bogus charge aimed at consolidation of minority votes".

Sonia Gandhi, who avoided the rough and tumble of elections for two years after she was taken ill during a roadshow in Varanasi ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls, also addressed a rally in the Lingayat stronghold of Vijayapura where she said, "Modi is possessed by the devil of "Congress-mukt Bharat" (bhoot lag gaya hai)".

On Saturday, voters in the state will decide who got it right. In 2008, he steered the BJP to victory and became the party's first chief minister in a southern state.

He was referring to the seizure of "bogus" voter ID cards from a flat here.

All set for Karnataka assembly election 2018 and election will be held in Karnataka tomorrow in 222 out of 224 constituencies.

The development comes after the BJP and JD (S) had called for countermanding of polls in the constituency over seizure of large trove of voter ID cards. The Janata Dal (Secular) which had been a kingmaker in the past is in the fray in 200 constituencies with its alliance partner Bahujan Samaj Party contesting for 18 seats. In Paduvalahippe, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda was unable to cast his vote this morning due to the delay.

Votes will be counted and results declared on May 15.

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