Campaign for Assembly elections in Karnataka ends

High-octane campaign for Karnataka polls ends

A decision in holding polling in Rajarajeshwari Nagar is yet to be taken by the Election Commission following large-scale unearthing of Voter ID Cards from a premises and prima face case had been established that an attempt was being made to induce a section of the voters in the constituency. From corruption to communalism, CM Siddaramaiah's Rs 70 lakh Hublot watch to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin, the electoral potboiler had it all.

The polls in Karnataka are being treated as a bellwether ahead of scheduled national elections in 2019. The Congress is aiming at retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab, while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka, which party president Amit Shah said will be its "gateway to south", for a second time.

"That is the reason why Baba Saheb had to face defeat and insult".

Analysts believe that a loss in this election would spell disaster for the Congress party, which rules only three other states apart from Karnataka.

Earlier this week 9746 voter IDs were seized from a flat in the area.

The political fortune of as many as 2636 candidates was at stake with the major contesting political parties, Congress and the BJP in the fray in 221 and 223 constituencies respectively.

However, as per media reports, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticised Rahul Gandhi for not taking questions during the press meet.

Thursday, the Congress released the video, dating back to 2010, allegedly showing Sriramulu and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy negotiating a bribe to a relative of a former Chief Justice of India to influence a verdict in a mining case.

BJPUnit leaders and TTD former Board member G Bhanu Prakash Reddy accompained Mr Shah to the temple.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a day off from campaigning and had him heard through an open press conference in Bengaluru and attacked the Modi government over a range of issues, including Dalit atrocities, rising crime against women, agrarian distress, and corporate-banking fraud. "I am 100% confident because I am the chief minister".

The state saw a bitter poll campaign. Polling for the Jayanagar seat has also been postponed after the demise of BJP candidate and sitting MLA BN Vijayakumar.

The results of the election will be announced on 15 May. In 2013, a turnout of 70.23 per cent was recorded.

The Commission opined that conduct of free and fair election woud not be poosible in the said constituency if the ongoing electoral process is allowed to proceedand the poll is taken of May 12.