PM Modi sees me as a threat: Rahul

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 10 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw him as a “threat,” and hence, directed most of his anger towards him.
Addressing the press along with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other senior party leaders here, Gandhi said, “Mr Modi has got anger inside of him. He has got anger for everybody, not only me. I am a lightning rod for that anger, I attract that anger because he sees a threat from me. But that is his problem. It is not my problem.”
Responding to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders’ jibes about his temple visits, including the name ‘Election Hindu’ tagged to him, Gandhi said, “When the BJP uses the term ‘Election Hindu’ it defines their own perspective of the religion.”
“Throughout last 15 years, I’ve been visiting temples, mosques, gurudwaras, every religious institution I come across. BJP doesn’t like this. I don’t think they understand the meaning of the term Hindu. It’s a perspective. It’s something which lives with you throughout,” he added.
He also explained the purpose behind those visits, “Our people have different religious beliefs. As a leader of a political party, it is my job to stand with them in their beliefs and so whoever invites me to whichever institution, I will go to because I respect their perspective. I will, however, not go to a single institution that divides the society.”
Further, commenting on the aggressive campaign by the BJP in poll-bound Karnataka, which includes Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as the star campaigner alongside the participation of other Union Ministers, Gandhi said, “I can tell you why the BJP Union Ministers are campaigning in Karnataka – P-A-N-I-C. Panic. Congress showed them what they’re capable of in Gujarat and now, they have clearly demonstrated what they’re capable of in Karnataka.”
Campaigning for the elections will end at 5:00 p.m. later in the day.
The election in Karnataka will be held on May 12 in 223 of the 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, while the counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on May 15.
The election for one constituency has been postponed following the death of B.N. Vijay Kumar, Jayanagar BJP candidate. (ANI)

(Thanks – ANI | Updated: May 10, 2018 13:44 IST)

Cong stalled Parliament to block OBC commission: PM Modi

New Delhi [India], May 10 (ANI): Lashing out at the Congress party on the last day of campaigning before Karnataka goes to polls on May 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the party of indulging in vote bank politics and stalling the bill in the Rajya Sabha that gives constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes.
Congress wants the votes of Other Backward Class (OBC) community but they did not allow OBC Commission to get Constitutional status,” he said during an in-app discussion with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka SC/ST, OBC, Minority and Slum Morcha karyakartas.
Continuing his tirade against the opposition party, Prime Minister Modi said that it didn’t have any room in its heart for Dalits and those belonging to the backward classes.
Congress also has no respect for BR Ambedkar. I urge Congress to tell one work that it has done to honour Ambedkar’s efforts,” he added. “BJP has always fought to ensure Ambedkar’s gets due respect.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi further told BJP workers through his app, “I appreciate the work you do for the party. Morchas play a vital role in bringing a new generation in our fold. BJP has the highest number of MPs belonging to SC and ST communities. More and more people of these communities are connecting with BJP.”
“I appeal to you (BJP workers) to visit homes of SC/ST, OBC and minorities and assure them that BJP will work for their welfare. We need to work tirelessly for the welfare of deprived and women,” Prime Minister Modi added.
Lauding the BJP-led government, the Prime Minister said that the Centre made SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act more stringent.
“Our government has made SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act more stringent and increased the offences listed in the Act from 22 to 47. Stand up and Mudra Yojanas are helping to make SC/ST/OBC and women financially empowered,” Prime Minister Modi said.
As the assembly elections inches nearer, Karnataka has turned into a battlefield with both the BJP and the Congress party indulging in aggressive campaigns.
The election in Karnataka will be held on May 12 in 223 constituencies, out of 224 of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly while the counting of votes and announcement of result will take place on May 15. (ANI)

(ANI | Updated: May 10, 2018 11:23 IST)

Cong trying to form govt on basis of bogus voter cards: Shah

Tumkur (Karnataka) [India], May 09: As campaigning in the poll-bound Karnataka entered its last leg, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday exuded confidence and said that his party will form the government in the state.
BJP President is in Karnataka to make the most during the final phase of the campaigning.
“BJP is getting immense support in Karnataka. BJP will form government in the state,” Amit Shah said while addressing a public meeting in Tumkur.
Shah further alleged that the Congress party was trying to win the state assembly election on the basis of bogus voter cards and money.
Last night, 9,746 voter ID cards were found from a flat in SLV Park View Apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli locality, and the Election Commission‘s revelation of the same at midnight was followed by political sparring, as both BJP and Congress alleged the other’s links with the concerned flat.
As the assembly elections inches nearer, Karnataka has turned into a battlefield with both BJP and Congress indulging in aggressive campaigns.
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 to elect representatives to the 224-seat assembly. The results will be declared on May 15. (ANI)

ANI | Updated: May 09, 2018 14:10 IST

Fake voter ID: JD(S) urges EC to ensure fair K’taka polls

ANI | Updated: May 09, 2018 05:47 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 9 (ANI): In view of the recovery of over 9000 voter ID cards from Bengaluru, Janata Dal (Secular) secretary general Danish Ali on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to ensure free and fair assembly elections.
Ali while talking to ANI accused the Congress and BJP of following unethical means to win the Karnataka Assembly election to be held on May 12.
“We appeal to the EC that there should be no compromise with free and fair elections. It is a serious matter. All unethical means are being adopted by both national parties (Congress and BJP),” Ali said.
Earlier, the BJP alleged that around 20,000 fake Voters ID cards were recovered from Congress‘ Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency candidate Muniratna. The party also demanded to countermand elections in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar constituency.
Following the allegation, the Election Commission of Karnataka, earlier on late Tuesday night confirmed that they have recovered 9,746 Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) from an apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area of Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency.
Sanjiv Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer for Karnataka, however, said that the significance of the counterfoils can only be verified after due investigation. (ANI)

Fake voter ID: Siddaramaiah accuses BJP of misusing govt machinery

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 09 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of misusing the government machinery.
While addressing the media, the Chief Minister said that the Congress is constantly under surveillance of the BJP.
Congress is constantly under surveillance of BJP government. This is the 12th time, I am fighting elections but for the first time, these raids are being conducted at the time of elections. They are misusing government machinery,” Siddaramaiah said.
He added, “It is Election Commission’s job to investigate. I don’t have to say anything about it.”
Last night, 9,746 voter ID cards were found from a flat in SLV Park View Apartment in Bengaluru‘s Jalahalli locality, and the Election Commission’s revelation of the same at midnight was followed by political sparring, as both BJP and Congress alleged the other’s links with the concerned flat.
While BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar accused the Congress of attempting to rig the elections, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Nanjamuri rented her own flat to his son Rakesh, who contested corporation election on a BJP ticket in 2015.
However, Sridhar Nanjamari on Wednesday rebuffed such allegations and told ANI he was the only son of Manjula Nanjamuri.
“I am the only son of Manjula Nanjamari. Rakesh is my mother’s nephew’s son and he has got no connections with the flat in Park View apartment, as is what claimed in media,” Sridhar said, and added that the flat has been rented to Rangaraju who pays rent for it every month.
Earlier today, the Election Commission officials seized printers from the flat.
The BJP also demanded cancelling the polling in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar constituency where assembly elections are due on May 12 along with the rest of the state. (ANI)

ANI | Updated: May 09, 2018 12:14 IST