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“You don’t have much time left, stop talking and start working”: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

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Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister should focus more on delivering the promises he made to people. He also accused the Modi government of being Anti-farmer.

Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi asked him to start working on his promises. Rahul Gandhi who is currently on his Karnataka visit was speaking at a rally organized by the party workers ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections in April. On the second day of the four days ‘Janasheervad Yatra’, Rahul Gandhi was in Karatagi town in Koppal district.

“Modiji please stop talking and start working because you don’t have much time,” said Rahul Gandhi. Further taking a dig at the Modi government, he said, “In four years you haven’t even opened your account.” Reminding PM Modi of his 2014 election promises, Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister should focus more on delivering the promises he made to people. “It has been four years, Modiji should start depositing Rs 15 lakh in every bank account and providing 20 million jobs a year,” the Congress President said.

Taking a jibe at PM Modi’s Lok Sabha speech slamming congress in which he had invoked Karnataka’s revered saint Basaveshwara, Rahul said, Modi talks about Basaveshwara but does not follow his philosophy. The 12th Century saint founded Lingayat sect and is worshipped by the community which is the second dominant in the state after Vokkaligas.

Also read: Lingayatism vs Hinduism-The key arguments and the caste dynamics in the state

Rahul Gandhi said, “Modi likes to refer to Basavanna, who had said work is divine, but he does not follow his teachings and only talks.”

Accusing the Modi government of practising the crony capitalism, Rahul Gandhi said, the Modi-led government is only working in favour of the rich industrialist.  He also lauded the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He said, “The Modi government hesitate to waive farmer’s loan butSiddaramaiah agreed to waive farm loans in no time.”

 He said that the country is bearing around Rs 10 Lakh crores of debt and the government is slowly writing them off.  Attacking the Modi government, he said, “The Modi government does not waive loans of farmers, who are the backbone of the country despite having the money.”

Continuing his jibe at the PM Modi for his comments on Congress’ 70 years of misrule, Rahul Gandhi said Modi had a habit of looking into the past instead of working. “Modi is that cricketer who bats looking at the wicket-keeper,” said the Gandhi scion.

On the allegations of corruption against the Karnataka Congress government, Rahul said that the PM should not speak of corruption while having B S Yeddyurappa on the dais.

On the third day of the Karnataka visit, Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah in Kalburgi.

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Siddaramaiah – Devegowda’s nomination process turns violent in Mysuru

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MYSURU:  Karnataka election heat has risen as supporters of both CM Siddaramaiah and G T Devegowda of JD(S), ran into each other as their leaders filed their nominations from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru on Friday.

Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple, the North Gate of Mysuru Palace was turned into a battlefield as the two nomination processions were slated to commence.

The front section of the temple was covered by the Congress workers while JD(S) supporters assembled near Town Hall.

As the Congress supporters broke the security cordons, the police intervened and resorted to mild caning.

Sources claimed Congress had sought time to take out a rally before JD(S). But Congress rescheduled its rally, leading to delay and tension for four hours from 11 am. Siddaramaiah was scheduled to arrive at 12 noon and Devegowda at 2 pm. As Siddaramaiah got delayed, Devegowda acceded to the cops’ request and arrived early.

The police changed the route of the procession to the returning officer’s office in Nazarbad 2km away, as the CM reached the procession venue at 2 pm to ensure both party workers did not run into each other. Karnataka state elections will be held on 12 May 2018 in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly. The counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on 15 May 2018.

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Karnataka Assembly Elections buzz: Candidates start filing papers

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Twenty-nine candidates filed their nomination papers from constituencies across the state on Tuesday, day 1 of Karnataka state elections.

The Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai R Vala notified it’s 224-member assembly about the May 12 elections on Tuesday. The poll panel said in a statement,”The governor is pleased to call upon the people to elect members to the 15th legislative assembly in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951.”
The filing of nominations for the polls has begun on 17th April, 11 am onwards. Between 17th and 24th, nominations can be filed from 11 am and 3 pm. Some of the rules for the process as specified by the commissioner are: not more than three vehicles and five people including can be present within 100m of the office of the RO.
Nomination paper and the format for the same have been provided to the political parties. Six of the 29 candidates who filed their nominations on Tuesday did so in Bengaluru city.
The Congress which hopes to retain power has not announced any Chief Ministerial candidate but is firm in declaring that incumbent Siddaramaiah will be the party’s “face” during the polls. At the same time, BJP has announced former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa as its Chief Ministerial candidate.
In the constituency of Shantinagar, retired IAS officer Renuka Viswanathan of the Aam Aadmi Party and Anthony Santosh filed nominations. Gopalagowda HN from KR Puram and Dr P Anil Kumar from Bommanahalli are some of the others who did the same. The only sitting MLA to file his papers was Anand Mamani of the BJP from Yellamma Savadatti in Belagavi district.
Karnataka assembly elections will begin on May 12 and conclude on May 15.
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AIADMK contesting Karnataka Elections on two seats

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The AIADMK appointed key office-bearers to the party’s state unit in poll-bound Karnataka and indicated it would contest two assembly constituencies in the May 12 elections.

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday indicated that it would field its candidates in the two assembly constituencies of Karnataka, which is going to Assembly elections next month.

The party invited applications from aspirants who wanted to contest from Kolar Gold Field and Gandhinagar assembly seats, which have a sizable Tamil population, in the neighbouring state. A release stated that the party wanted applicants for the constituencies to submit their applications on Wednesday and Thursday.

They had in December last relieved Va Pugazhenthi, a loyalist of then sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran, as Secretary of AIADMK’s Karnataka unit. The party has made a huge impact in southern states, Maharashtra, New Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This is the first election after which the dual leadership suffered a serious setback in R K Nagar bypolls, where the contending leader, TTV Dhinakaran won by a huge margin.

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