Upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka are scheduled to be held on 12th May, 2018 in all 224 constituencies of, whereas the counting of votes and announcement will take place on 15th May, 2018. As election days are nearing, political environment in Karnataka has started to heat up, with parties taking digs at each other and trying to malign each other. BS Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister Candidate from BJP in his party’s manifesto promised to reintroduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Prevention Bill 2012. Many such promises have been and are being made by the two top competitors i.e Bhartiya Janta Party and Indian National Congress in Karnataka. While, the bedrock of BJP’s manifesto is formed by heavy emphasis on agriculture and farm loans, cow slaughter ban and issues like temples and women empowerment, Manifesto of Congress is more about solving the deep rooted problems.
Congress Chief said, “Five years ago, the government of Karnataka promised you something and we delivered on it. What we say in our manifesto is going to be done. From our last manifesto, 95% of the work has been done,” Siddaramaiah, the current Chief Minister and also CM candidate of Congress, said that elections are a battle between ideologies of political parties. Talking about the manifesto of BJP, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “New book review! The BJP Karnataka Manifesto, inspired by Narendra Modi, is a poorly crafted fantasy built around a weak plot that has nothing unique to offer voters. If you’ve read the congress manifesto, don’t waste your time on this one.
Rating 1/5 ⭐
New Book Review!
The BJP Karnataka Manifesto, inspired by Narendra Modi, is a poorly crafted fantasy built around a weak plot, that has nothing unique to offer voters. If you’ve read the Congress Manifesto, don’t waste your time on this one.
Rating: 1/5 ⭐
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 4, 2018
In the reply to Gandhi’s tweet, Karnataka BJP tweeted, ”Our approach has been a holistic one. We have tried to address concerns and aspirations of people from all sections of society! We have presented to you a manifesto that is ambitious and deliverable,”
Our approach for the preparation of manifesto has been a holistic one. We have tried to address concerns and aspirations of people from all sections of the society!
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 4, 2018
Taking another dig at Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi said, “Our manifesto was not made by 3-4 people in a closed room, rather it is made by traveling every single district of the state and understanding the needs of people,”
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A week before Karnataka assembly elections, the political battle intensified and political attacks by a party on another party went to another level with parties looking down on each other in every rally they address. Attacking BJP over the rising number of crimes against women, Rahul said, “Earlier, the government’s slogan was ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Now it is ‘Beti Bachao BJP MLAs se'” Congress President also didn’t leave a chance to attack BJP over atrocities on Dalits while addressing a rally in Kalgi, “PM Modi will never forget to mention Dalits in his public meetings. However he will remain silent when a Dalit is actually attacked by his party men,” Referring to the reports claiming BJP’s hands in exponential growth of Jay Shah’s firm temple enterprises turnover since 2014, congress chief said, “While business was greatly affected across the country, however, Amit Shah’s son managed to convert ₹50,000 into ₹80 crore in three months. Still PM Modi chose to remain silent,” In reply to Congress’s attacks, Prime Minister during his rally in Gadag said, “Congress is not bothered about the depletion of natural resources here. As long as the pockets of their leaders are full, congress is happy. Congress sees corruption opportunities in the forests of Karnataka. Corruption is key to the existence of the Congress,”
BJP’s 64 pages manifesto was released a week after Congress released its manifesto. While addressing media on election manifesto, Yeddyurappa said, “Welfare of farmers has always been our priority. We will allocate ₹ 1,50,000 crores for various irrigation projects in Karnataka and ensure water reaches to every field in the state,” In a response to attacks by Congress, BJP leaders are hitting back with their farmer friendly promises in their manifesto, like crop loan waiver upto one lakh, including all loans from nationalised banks and co-operatives, hence displaying their commitment towards improving lives of poverty stricken farmers. Highlighting BJP’s works on water conservation, micro-irrigation and linking of rivers on the state, BJP launched another scathing attack on Congress, “They (congress) were never providing water to farmers. They were just filling their safes with illegal money.”
NaMo interacted with Karnataka BJP leaders through NaMo app and stressed on government’s initiatives for women’s empowerment. He told BJP Mahila Morcha workers, “India is marching ahead from women development to women led development,”
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We can make out from the upsurge of attacks by party members of both the parties in Karnataka that the series of these non-stop digs and attacks will come to an end only on the completion of elections.