Karnataka polls 2018 modi to hold rallies, rahul to continue ‘jana aashirwada yatre’; updates business standard news 6 gases

In the final lap of his campaign blitz in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a sharp attack against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, saying a "dynast" aspiring to be the Prime Minister was sheer "arrogance". Addressing back-to-back rallies at different places in the southern state, which votes on Saturday to elect a new government, Modi said Congress leaders were arranging big meetings and conspiring to remove him. Taking a swipe at Gandhi, Modi said he was day-dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister in 2019.

"There is a leader of Congress who thinks only about one thing throughout the day – how to be the Prime Minister. Such is the arrogance of the ‘naamdhaar’. This naamdhaar (dynast) doesn’t care about others who are standing in the queue. "He came like a bully, marched his way ahead when there were others waiting with so many years of experience. How can someone just declare himself the Prime Minister? This is simply nothing but sheer arrogance."

During an interaction with prominent citizens in Bengaluru on Tuesday, the Congress President had replied in the affirmative when he was asked if he was ready to be India’s Prime Minister if the Congress emerges as the largest party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress hit back at Modi asking him if he thought he was the only one who had the right to be Prime Minister. "Is Narendra Modi the only one with the right to be the Prime Minister?" Congress spokesman Anand Sharma asked.

"Nirav Modi (diamantaire) has not given jobs to anybody. He pocketed Rs 35,000 crore and ran away from the country. This money would have been given to small and middle-sized factories like yours. Your factory could have then given jobs to a thousand people," Gandhi said.

On the other hand, BJP demanded an immediate countermanding of Raja Rajeshwari election. Addressing a press conference, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar laid down three demands before the EC – countermanding of Rajarajeshwari election, thorough investigation into the matter and arrest of owner of the flat in which fake IDs were found.

3. Rahul interacts with women employees of garment industry: Visiting a Garment factory after offering prayers at the Dodda Ganapathi Temple in Chickpet, Rahul Gandhi said demonetisation and GST have destroyed MSMEs, rendering many women employees jobless.

4. Modi flays Rahul for his ‘PM remark’: Speaking at a rally in Bangarapet, Modi said Rahul’s PM remark reflected his arrogance. "Yesterday, someone made an important declaration – he said, ‘I am going to be PM!’ He came like those bullies who barge their way ahead when there are others who have many more years of experience. How can someone just declare themselves the PM? This is simply nothing but arrogance," Modi said.

Yesterday someone made an important declaration- he said, "I am going to be PM!" He came like those bullies, barging his way ahead when there are others who have many years of experience. How can someone just declare himself as the PM? This is simply nothing but arrogance : PM

To remove Modi, there are big meetings being held. How will the big leaders who attend these meetings react to this sudden announcement by one ‘Naamdaar’ that he is going to be PM : PM @narendramodi #BJP4BetterKarnataka pic.twitter.com/32GGGP9J93

"We will be using 80,000 Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with 80,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). More than Rs.70 cr (700 million) cash and liquor worth Rs 32 cr (320 million) has been seized. We’re prepared for elections on May 12," Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told ANI.

6. Smriti Irani decries Congress chief for PM ambitions: In a reaction to Rahul Gandhi’s statement, expressing a willingness to become Prime Minster after 2019 general elections, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the Gandhi scion is a self-centred person.

"(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji and (BJP chief) Amit Shah are worried about future of people of this country while Rahul Ji thinks about himself. He said if his party comes to power he will be the PM in 2019. A person who does not trust his own leadership and ability, how can he expect people to trust him?," Irani said while speaking at a public rally in Karnataka’s Yedrami.

8. Siddaramaiah’s faux pas: Amid a war of words ahead of the Assembly election, Siddaramaiah committed a major gaffe on Tuesday. The Karnataka CM claimed that every vote cast for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls is like casting it for him.

9. Over 9,000 voter IDs seized from a Bengaluru house: Election Commission of Karnataka on Tuesday recovered 9,746 Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) from an apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area of the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency.

BJP demanded cancellation of polling in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, accusing the Congress of trying to "rig" the polls. Congress hit back, saying that a BJP leader was the owner of the Bengaluru flat from where the ‘fake’ voter cards had been found.

“Well, it depends… it depends on how well the Congress does in the election… I mean, if it emerges as the biggest party, yes,” he said. “It is highly unlikely that BJP will form the next government, and the second part is that it is close to impossible that Modi will be the next prime minister,” Rahul Gandhi said, adding that the Congress would be the lynchpin for opposition unity.