Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi as Congress alleges Sriramulu bribed ex-CJI

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Congress spokesman Rajdeep Singh Surjawala hit right back, alleging that the flat owner Manjula Nanjamari and Rakesh had BJP connections and both contested Bengaluru Municipal Corporation elections on the tickets of the saffron party.

Gandhi said that after Karnataka, the BJP would lose in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

BJP chief said during his more than 50,000 km-long journeys criss crossing the State found people's anger against ruling congress government and against Siddaramaiah.

"That is the reason why Baba Saheb had to face defeat and insult". On asking, whether he had recommended countermanding of the poll, he just said he did sent a comprehensive comprehensive report to the ECI.He said, '9,896 EPIC's (Electoral Photo ID Cards) were seized by the flying squad, which were all genuine.

The Congress' candidate is Karnataka chief minister K Siddaramaiah, who is running for re-election.

BJP leader Janardhana Reddy is involved is a case involving Obulapuram Mining Company.

"Do not believe in such fake stings which make rounds now and then", BJP president Amit Shah said at a press conference, when asked about the "sting videos" circulating in the social media.

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.

BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP's candidate, is equally confident of winning - "There is no doubt that I will be sworn in as chief minister on May 17", he told BBC Hindi. Polling will be held for 223 constituencies on Saturday after the election to Jayanagar seat in Bengaluru was postponed.

The results of the election will be announced on 15 May. The number of voters in Karnataka is 4.9 crore. The constituency saw a voter turnout of 70.71%.

"The Commission is satisfied that the current electoral process (in the constituency) has been vitiated on account of unlawful activities of candidates and political parties", the EC said.

The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013, the only time it did so, but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption.

He even said that the Modi Government had initiated 116 schemes for the minorities in the state, but the Siddaramaiah Government did not let them reach the people of Karnataka.

"This is how Modi and Yeddy (B S Yeddyurappa) are getting "Reddy" to loot Karnataka".

JDs Chief HD Kumaraswamy who is expected to be the kingmaker or a king himself lashed out at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on JDs and said he does not need a secular identity certificate from Rahul Gandhi.