It is the last major state held by the Congress under Rahul Gandhi, whose leadership will be tested for the first time since he took charge as party chief in December. "Congress is losing public support and they are trying hard to rig the upcoming elections in Karnataka by undemocratic ways". The left parties that had not any major dent and had been allying either with the JD (S) or the Congress in earlier elections is contesting on their own, with the CPI (M) in the fry in 19 constituencies and the CPI in two.
"That is the reason why Baba Saheb had to face defeat and insult".
Trilochan Sastri, one of the founding members of ADR, said, "No doubt we conduct the elections quite efficiently, but it is far from free and fair, as money and muscle power continue to dominate them".
"The developments in the last three days have sent a shock wave across India among those who are concerned about strengthening democracy".
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There were alleged attempts to "influence voters" after more than 9500 genuine Voter ID (EPIC) cards were found in an apartment in the assembly segment from where the sitting legislator of Congress Muniratna Naidu has sought re-election.
Four current and former chief ministers are also in the fray, including Siddramaiah, who is contesting from Badami and Chamundeshwari, Yeddyurappa from Shikaripura, Kumaraswamy (Chennapatna and Ramanagara), and BJP's Jagdish Shettar from Hubbali-Dharwad.
Karnataka has a total of 224 assembly seats. Though the central leadership of the BJP has denied any involvement with Janardhana Reddy, the latter has been campaigning for the party and particularly Sriramulu in Molakalmuru (Chitradurga district).
"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. In an acrimonious campaign, PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi targeted each other in rival rallies. The Congress party while hitting back at the BJP saying that it was its conspiracy to get the election countermanded. Vote count will take place on May 15.
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Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli: A faulty Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine at booth number 108 has stalled voting here. In 2013, a turnout of 70.23 per cent was recorded. As the campaigning ended on May 10, here is an interactive map of the constituencies that Modi, Rahul and Siddaramaiah visited. BJP chief ministerial candidate, BS Yeddyurappa even declared May 17 as the his oath taking ceremony.
The Congress has been criticising the BJP and the prime minister for their decision to give tickets to eight persons from the "Reddy camp", including Reddy brothers G Somashekara Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy.
Modi talks about "Congress-mukt Bharat".
Mrs Gandhi also addressed a rally in the Lingayat stronghold of Vijayapura where she said, "Modi is possessed by the devil of "Congress mukt Bharat" (bhoot lag gaya hai)". JDS' desire is clearly visible in Hassan, the home ground of party patron, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda.
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