"My mother is more Indian than many Indians", an emotional Rahul Gandhi said today, as he responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sarcastic barb at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over her foreign origin. Fast forward to 2018: the BJP has given eight tickets to the Reddy family for the upcoming Karnataka assembly elections. Gandhi said the fact that several BJP chief ministers and other senior ministers were campaigning in Bengaluru on Thursday showed how jittery the party was about the outcome.
The BJP, which came to power on its own for the first time in Karnataka in 2008 but lost to the Congress five years later in the May 2013 assembly elections, hopes to make a foray into the south again ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
The Pre-Poll Survey was conducted in Karnataka by Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) for ABP News.
When asked to comment on the prime minister's claim that the Congress party raised the issue of Dalits only for the sake of raising it, he said,"We will take up their issues".
"Despite supporting corrupt and jailed leaders in their own party, the Prime Minister comes to Karnataka and levels baseless allegations against us".
The BJP's challenge is bolstered by a solid organisation made up of all the branches of Sangh Parivar and dedicated cadre working on the ground.
BJP chief said during his more than 50,000 km-long journeys criss crossing the State found people's anger against ruling congress government and against Siddaramaiah.
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The political fortune of as many as 2636 candidates was at stake with the major contesting political parties, Congress and the BJP in the fray in 221 and 223 constituencies respectively.
The father-son duo of HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy used all their resources to reach out to every corner of the state where their strengths lay. "The BJP hasn't defeated the Congress but it has merged it within itself". A decision in holding polling in Rajarajeshwari Nagar is yet to be taken by the Election Commission following large-scale unearthing of Voter ID Cards from a premises and prima face case had been established that an attempt was being made to induce a section of the voters in the constituency.
"The Congress is projecting the BJP as an anti-Dalit party, but people are wise enough to understand what is right", he said.
"This is a battle between two ideologies and we are bound to win", Rahul Gandhi said. Manmohan Singh knew the art of bathing with a raincoat on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked in Parliament previous year. "There is no doubt that the BJP will get absolute majority there", he said.
No party in Karnataka has won a second successive term in office since 1985 when the Janata Dal under Ramakrishna Hegde had retained power.
The Congress' main challenger BJP has spared no effort to ensure that history is repeated.
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