Like all state polls since he assumed the reins of power in New Delhi, Mr Modi helmed the BJP's adrenaline-charged campaign despite the party having declared B.S. Yeddyurappa its chief ministerial candidate, while Rahul Gandhi spearheaded that of the Congress.
Demanding his candidature be cancelled, the party said: "It is the sacred Constitutional responsibility of the Hon'ble Election Commission to ensure that the integrity of the Karnataka Assembly Elections is paramount and no individual or party to which he may belong, is above the process of the law". If the people do not want a repeat of what happened in the State between 2004 and 2008, then they need to decisively vote in favour of one party, which is highly unlikely in the present scenario, since there is no wave in favour of any party. This must be part of the public discourse. "Will BJP and PM Modi answer?"
The campaigning which began soon after the announcement of the poll dates by the Election Commission has witnessed a total of 21 rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi repeatedly addressed the Siddaramaiah ministry as 'seedha rupaiah government (a government that takes bribes for work) and "10 per cent commission government'".
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While the BJP used the services of several Union Ministers from Central government as well as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Congress sent its top leadership including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, and P Chidambaram for the poll campaign.
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. As the Karnataka Assembly election is being considered significant before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, both incumbent Congress and the BJP, the main opposition party, did not leave anything to chance by pooling in all possible resources from their national leadership. He slammed the Congress for raising questions about the Army's surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The illegal mining controversy, apart from causing huge losses to the state exchequer and irreparable environmental damage, led the collapse of the BJP government.
The Shiv Sena on Friday accused its estranged ally BJP of rigging EVMs to win elections and claimed that people do not trust the current method of polling anymore.