The campaign for the high-profile Karnataka assembly elections 2023 is set to end today.
Taking serious note of the bitter verbal battle between BJP and Congress, the Election Commission of India (ECI) emphasised on "clean and serious" campaign.
It has also issued an advisory to all national and State political parties and candidates to exercise caution and restraint in their utterances during campaigning and not to vitiate the election atmosphere.
The Karnataka assembly elections will be held in a single phase on May 10, with the counting of votes scheduled on May 13.
"Result of Congress party's mental bankruptcy ..." JP Nadda on Sonia Gandhi's 'sovereignty' remark
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda on Monday, lashed out against the grand old party over former Congress president MP Sonia Gandhi's 'sovereignty' remark calling it a result of the party's "mental bankruptcy".
Speaking to ANI, JP Nadda said, "It is the result of the Congress party's mental bankruptcy. To say anything for the sake of votes is condemnable. Sonia Gandhi is an MP, and so is Kharge. An MP takes the oath of the Constitution. If someone is talking about Karnataka's sovereignty, it means they are disrespecting the thousands and lakhs of people who contributed to the country's freedom struggle".
Congress petitions EC to direct police to file case against PM over 'false statement'
The Congress on Monday petitioned the Election Commission, requesting it to direct police authorities to register a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he made a false statement that "Congress is trying to disintegrate Karnataka from Bharat".
The party accused him of making "false, baseless, frivolous" allegations only to solicit votes for his the BJP during his public meeting at Nanjangud in Mysuru district on Sunday.
Karnataka sovereignty row: Congress dubs BJP charge 'fakery and falsehood',
Amid a controversy over Sonia Gandhi's Karnataka sovereignty remark, the Congress on Monday dubbed the BJP's charge "fakery and falsehood" and accused the ruling party of denigrating the state's "swabhimaan".
On the last day of campaign for the May 10 assembly elections in Karnataka, Congress general secretary in-charge of the state Randeep Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should answer on corruption charges against his party's government and added excuses cannot be the refuge of BJP in this election.
Karnataka sovereignty row: Congress alleges desperation of PM Modi, BJP
Karnataka sovereignty row: Congress alleges desperation of PM Modi, BJP glaring as they seek to clutch at straws for want of poll narrative.
Seizures cross ₹375 crore in poll-bound Karnataka
Enforcement teams made seizures totalling over ₹375 crore in poll-bound Karnataka since the model code of conduct came into force on March 29, the Election Commission said on Monday.
The total seizures ( ₹375.6 crore) include cash ( ₹147 crore), liquor ( ₹84 crore), gold and silver ( ₹97 crore), freebies ( ₹24 crore) and drugs/narcotics ( ₹24 crore), the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, said.
"Siddaramaiah must clarify..." Amit Shah questions Congress promise to increase Muslim reservation in Karnataka
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday slammed Congress over its promise to restore quota for Muslims in Karnataka and talking of an increase in quota to six per cent and said that the party should make it clear if it will slash the benefits of SCs, STs, Lingayats or Vokkaligas.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Shah said Siddaramaiah should clarify that if Congress increases the reservation for Muslims from 4 per cent to 6 per cent, then whose reservation it will cut down
Rahul Gandhiu visits (states) for political tourism: JP Nadda
Speaking on Rahul Gandhi, BJP national president JP Nadda says, "...he visits (states) for political tourism. He visits when elections come. We stay among people round the clock all through the year. That is the difference between BJP and Congress leaders."
Sonia Gandhi's 'sovereignty remark' reveals conspiracy to disintegrate India: Anurag Thakur
Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday alleged that Congress parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi’s reference to "Karnataka’s sovereignty" has revealed the party's "deep conspiracy to disintegrate India".
Thakur's strong reaction came after the official Twitter handle of the Congress posted,"CPP Chairperson Smt Sonia Gandhi ji sends a strong message to 6.5 crore Kannadigas: The Congress will not allow anyone to pose a threat to Karnataka's reputation, sovereignty or integrity."
Karnataka sovereignty remark: BJP moves EC, seeks derecogonition of Congress
The BJP on Monday moved the Election Commission seeking action against Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and derecognition of her party for her use of the term "sovereignty" for Karnataka during the state poll campaign.
A BJP delegation headed by Union minister Bhupender Yadav submitted a memorandum to the poll watchdog over the issue.
Kapil Sibal takes a jibe at PM Modi
"PM said : Congress Shahi Parivar wants Karnataka to “secede" from India. But Modiji : The nation saw them "bleed" for India. Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi. Is the NCERT going to efface those facts from textbooks ?" Kapil Sibal tweeted.
Rahul Gandhi enjoys masala dosa, coffee with Swiggy, Zomato delivery partners
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday had a candid conversation with gig workers and delivery partners in Bengaluru during his election campaign in Karnataka. The group of workers shared their challenges and grievances with Gandhi, including underpaid jobs and the lack of stable employment opportunities. The Congress party claimed that Bengaluru alone has over two lakh gig workers.
During the conversation, Gandhi also discussed sports with the workers, asking them about their favorite football players. The delivery partners of aggregators like Swiggy, Zomato, Blinkit and Dunzo were seen sharing the food with the senior Congress leader. Read here
ECI issues advisory to political parties to get clearance for print advertisements
In view of complaints regarding "unverified" claims in political advertisements, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked all political parties and candidates to get "clearance" from the media certification and monitoring committee (MCMC) before publishing any advertisement in the print media on the date of polling and a day prior.
"No political party or candidate or any other organization or person shall publish any advertisement in the print media on poll day and one day prior to poll day unless the contents of political advertisement are got pre-certified by them from the MCMC committee at the State/District level, as the case may be," a letter to the political parties dated May 7 said.
ECI on Sunday also held all major local newspapers in the state responsible for all matters including advertisements published in their newspapers.
Karnataka assembly polls 2023: Last-leg campaigning ends 5pm today, voting on 10 May
The campaign for the high-profile Karnataka assembly elections 2023 is set to end at 5 pm on Monday. For the past few days, the poll-bound state witnessed star campaigners from all three major political parties - BJP, Congress and JD(S) - holding mega rallies and road shows in a bid to woo the voters.
During a political campaign, the BJP focused on national issues and the achievements of the union government, while centering their campaign around Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the concept of a "double-engine" government.
The Congress, on the other hand, mainly focused on local issues and was led by local leaders initially, but later joined by central leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The JD(S) ran a localized campaign anchored by H D Kumaraswamy, with party patriarch Deve Gowda joining despite his advanced age and related ailments. (Read here)
No print advertisement without prior clearance during silence period in Karnataka: EC to parties
No party or candidate shall publish any advertisement in the print media on poll day and one day prior without clearance from the media certification and monitoring committee, the Election Commission said on Sunday in an advisory ahead of the May 10 voting in Karnataka.
Campaign for the Karnataka assembly elections is set to end on Monday.
In the advisory to political parties, the poll authority also emphasised on "clean and serious" campaign as electioneering reached feverish pitch for the polls.
In a separate letter to editors, the Election Commission (EC) made it clear to them that the Press Council of India's norms for journalistic conduct hold them responsible for all matters, including advertisements, published in their newspapers.
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