Congress President Rahul Gandhi rides a bicycle to protest against the fuel price hike at Malur in Kolar district on Monday
As the Karnataka Assembly election 2018
draws closer, top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress leaders are holding back-to-back rallies in the state to boost their respective parties' chances of securing a win in the crucial election. The Karnataka Election
Watch and Delhi-based Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Monday analysed affidavits of Karnataka polls candidates, filed with the Election Commission (EC). Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said the two watchdogs.
"The average assets of the 883 (35 per cent) crorepati candidates are worth Rs 75.4 million. Of the 645 contestants, 254 (10 per cent) face serious criminal cases and 391 (15 per cent) face criminal cases," revealed the study. Affidavits of all the contesting 223 BJP candidates were analysed. Two hundred and eight (93 per cent) of the 223 candidates in fray from the BJP have declared assets worth over Rs 10 million. Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them - the highest number among all the parties contesting.
A total of 207 (94 per cent) of the 220 candidates from the ruling Congress, 154 (77 per cent) of the 199 candidates from Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and 199 (18 per cent) of the 1,090 Independents have declared assets more than Rs 10 million. The BJP candidates were found to be with the highest number of criminal cases against them, with 83 (37 per cent) of the 223 candidates in fray having criminal cases against them and 58 others (26 per cent) having serious criminal cases against them including murder.
Of the 220 candidates analysed from the ruling Congress, a total of 59 (27 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, while 32 (15 per cent) have serious criminal cases against them. Of the 199 JD-S candidates analysed by the study, 41 (21 per cent) have criminal cases, and 29 (15 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases in their poll affidavits. Of the total 1,090 Independents analysed, 108 (10 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves, and 70 (6 per cent) are accused of serious criminal charges.in Chitradurga, Raichur, Jamakhandi, and Hubli.
Karnataka will go to the polls on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 224-member Assembly. The results will be out on May 15.
Here are the top 10 developments in the Karnataka Election 2018 campaign by Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi:
1. Won't contest election after this, says Siddaramaiah:
The upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka will be the last one I will contest, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told NDTV. "I said it on the floor of the house once that I will not contest again but the high command directed me to contest in this election because I have been there for five years as Chief Minister and I was told to take responsibility," Siddaramaiah said while on the campaign trail in Chamundeshwari, one of the two seats he is contesting this time.
2. PM is always on 'airplane mode' and never on 'work mode':
Congress president Rahul Gandhi
on Monday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and said the latter is either on airplane or speaker mode, but never on work mode.
The Congress chief made the remark while campaigning in Bengaluru Rural ahead of crucial Karnataka polls.
"There are three modes in a mobile phone, work mode, speaker mode and airplane mode. Modi Ji only uses speaker mode and airplane mode, he never uses work mode," Gandhi said, reported ANI.
Earlier in the day, the Gandhi scion took a cycle ride in Karnataka's Kolar region while campaigning for his party candidate.
Rahul Gandhi while campaigning in Kolar alleged that the Centre was looting public in the name of increasing fuel prices.
The Congress president, who rode a bicycle to protest against rising fuel prices in his 'Jana Aashirwada Yatre' in Kolar, appealed to the public to end governance of those favouring corrupt leaders.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sends legal notice for criminal and civil defamation to BJP, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and BS Yeddyurappa, over BJP's corruption charges against him.
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2018
3) Manmohan Singh accuses Modi of trying to polarise society:
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
rides a bicycle to protest against the fuel price hike at Malur in Kolar district on Monday
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi
of trying to "polarise" the society in the Karnataka Assembly elections, his predecessor Manmohan Singh said on Monday it was "shocking" that he was "stooping so low" and using language that was unbecoming of a prime minister.
He also launched a scathing attack on the Modi government for its "disastrous policies" and "economic mismanagement".
Singh castigated Modi for personalised attacks and said no prime minister had used the office to "say things about his opponents that Mr Modi has been doing day in and day out....It is not good for the country".
He said the outcome of the Karnataka polls would have an impact on national politics as it was one of the most prosperous states in the country.
Manmohan Singh attacked the government over a series of banking frauds, saying the money swindled almost quadrupled from Rs 28,416 crore in September 2013 to Rs 1.1 trillion (Rs 1.11 lakh crore) in September 2017.
4) Siddaramaiah says minorities terrorised under BJP rule:
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged that minorities in the country were feeling terrorised under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Karnataka Chief Minister further dubbed BJP as a communal party and accused it of jeopardising the religious harmony in the nation.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a communal party that makes religions and communities fight with each other and destroy all equality in society. A leader of that kind of a party is in power as a Prime Minister. In the past 4 years, minorities are facing a terrorised state of affairs. Under Atrocities Act, if there is a caste-related violence, accused should be arrested immediately. However, they (Centre) have diluted the act, but Prime Minister Modi has not opened his mouth on it," he said at a public rally in Chamrajnagar on Monday, reported ANI.
Siddaramaiah even took a jibe at Prime Minister Modi over the latter's 'Acche Din' ideology.
"He (Prime Minister Modi) calls himself a 'chowkidar' (watchman). He let Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya escape, what kind of 'chowkidar' is he? He keeps saying 'Achhe Din' but where are Achhe Din'? He thinks that just because he is saying it in Hindi we won't understand, but we understand pretty well," he said.
The Congress Party leader further claimed that if Prime Minister Modi tried to change the Constitution, there would be 'bloodshed' in the nation.
Of the 220 candidates analysed from the ruling Congress, a total of 59 (27 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits, while 32 (15 per cent) have serious criminal cases against them.
93% BJP candidates declared assests worth Rs 10 million: Affidavits of all the contesting 223 BJP candidates were analysed. Two hundred and eight (93 per cent) of the 223 candidates in fray from the BJP have declared assets worth over Rs 10 million, the highest number among all the parties contesting.
A total of 207 (94 per cent) of the 220 candidates from the ruling Congress, 154 (77 per cent) of the 199 candidates from Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and 199 (18 per cent) of the 1,090 Independents have declared assets more than Rs 10 million.
Singh also attacked the government over a series of banking sector frauds, saying that swindled money almost quadrupled from Rs 284.16 billion in September 2013 to Rs 1.11 trillion in September 2017.
"Perpetrators of these frauds, meanwhile, escape with impunity. The economic mismanagement of the Modi government, and I say this with great care and responsibility, is slowly eroding the general public's trust in the banking sector," he said.
Adityanath will also be addressing five public meetings later in the day at Humnabad, Gokak, Yemakanmardi village, Khanapur, and Belgaum Rural.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was scheduled to campaign in Karnataka until May 5 but he had to cut short his election campaign tour after the deadly dust storms in his state.