Live Updates: Karnataka Elections, May 4th: 8 days to polling day

Follow all the latest news from the campaign trail for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 on our live blog, running daily right up till counting day on May 15

Live Updates: Karnataka Elections, May 4th: 8 days to polling day
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04 May 2018, 12:40 PM

Welcome to National Herald's daily live blog on Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018

It’s May 4, eight days to polling day on May 12. Follow all the latest news from the campaign trail for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 on our live blog, running daily right up till counting day on May 15

04 May 2018, 12:40 PM

Tragic start to campaigning: Jayanagar BJP MLA Vijay Kumar passes away

It was a sad start to campaigning on May 4 as news came that Jayanagar BJP MLA Vijay Kumar, who had collapsed during campaigning on Thursday, passed away at Jayadeva hospital, Bengaluru. BN Vijay Kumar (60) was suffering from heart related ailment, reported News9

04 May 2018, 12:49 PM

BS Yeddyurappa, BJP Karnataka President and CM face, condoled the death of BN Vijaykumar


04 May 2018, 12:50 PM

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah condoled the death of BJP MLA BN Vijaykumar

04 May 2018, 12:50 PM

BS Yeddyurappa, BJP Karnataka President and CM face, released the party's manifesto for Karnataka Elections


04 May 2018, 12:52 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be holding rallies annd meetings in Kalburgi, Gadag and Haveri districts on May 5

04 May 2018, 12:54 PM

Earlier on May 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Karnataka BJP Mahila Morcha


04 May 2018, 12:56 PM

FIR filed against actor Prakash Raj and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani for conducting a programme without permission in Chikkamagaluru, reports NEWS9

04 May 2018, 1:01 PM

Some highlights of the BJP Karnataka manifesto released by BS Yeddyurappa on May 4

  • Crop loan waiver upto ₹1 lakh, including all loans from Nationalised Banks and Co-operatives
  • Allocation of ₹1,50,000 crore for various irrigation projects
  • ₹3,000 crore Kamadhenu Fund for development of animal husbandry and dairy farming infrastructure and ₹1,000 crore fund for expanding veterinary services
  • Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012 to be reintroduced
  • ₹5,000 crore “Raitha Bandhu Market Intervention Fund” to support farmers during price fluctuations
  • Make Kannada a compulsory non-test introductory subject in all universities to help non-Kannada speaking students
  • 3 phase power supply for 10 hours for farmers to operate their pumpsets
  • Establish a ₹10,000 Crore “Stree Unnati Fund” to set up one of the largest women run co-operatives and establish “Stree Unnati Stores” to market its products
  • “Ayushman Karnataka Scheme” to provide poor and vulnerable families a cover of ₹5 Lakh for treatment
  • Form “Kittur Rani Chennamma Flying Squads” to attend to distress calls of women in Bengaluru quickly.
  • Hyderabad Karnataka Industrial Mega Corridor will be built from Hosapete to Hyd passing through Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir, Kalaburagi and Bidar
  • “Annadasoha” Scheme to ensure food security for all

04 May 2018, 1:11 PM

Earlier on April 27, Congress President Rahul Gandhi released the Congress manifesto for Karnataka

Highlights of the Congress manifesto

  • Create one crore jobs, at the rate of at least 15-20 lakh jobs each year in the state
  • Provide programmes for skill development, encouraging entrepreneurship and increasing youths' employability quotient,
  • Create hut-free Karnataka by building 50 lakh houses in the rural areas
  • Build 15 lakh houses (3 lakh houses per year) in urban areas
  • Increase the budget allocation for health from the current 0.9% to at least 1.5% for "Arogya Karnataka" universal healthcare scheme which provides free treatment to all below poverty line (BPL) families at government hospitals
  • Free education to all students from grades 1 to 12 across all state-run schools
  • All girls to get free education up to post-graduation in state-run institutions
  • All college-going students in the state will receive a smartphone

Read more about the Congress manifesto here

04 May 2018, 1:16 PM

Live: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering in Kalgi, Karnataka


04 May 2018, 1:24 PM

HD Kumaraswamy slams Narendra Modi for asking voters to reject JD(S), reports NEWS9

04 May 2018, 2:15 PM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has dismissed BJP's manifesto as "a bundle of lies"


04 May 2018, 2:16 PM

Supreme Court has dismissed G Janardhana Reddy's plea to campaign in Ballari for #KarnatakaElections2018, reports Mirror Now

04 May 2018, 2:18 PM

Congress MP Dr Shashi Tharoor to campaign in Indiranagar, Bengaluru and Mahadevapura today


04 May 2018, 2:19 PM

JD(S) CM face HD Kumaraswamy campaigns in Raichur

04 May 2018, 2:20 PM

Congress leader DK Shivakumar says PM Narendra Modi insulting Karnataka and nation by calling Bengaluru a 'Sin' city


04 May 2018, 2:30 PM

Read: If Karnataka verdict hung, all signs are that JD(S) will go with BJP

04 May 2018, 2:34 PM

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi at Kalgi rally, asks why "corrupt Yeddyurappa is the CM candidate"


04 May 2018, 2:37 PM

Read: Siddaramaiah on stronger ground than Yeddyurappa, Deve Gowda and son

Tathagata Bhattacharya analyses the strengths and weaknesses of Karnataka’s four mass leaders: Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, BJP CM face BS Yeddyurappa and HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S)

04 May 2018, 2:47 PM

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath campaigns at Vijayapura


04 May 2018, 3:00 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Kalgi meeting in Kalburgi

04 May 2018, 3:04 PM

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah campaigns in Channagiri, Davangere and Sorab, Shimoga


04 May 2018, 4:21 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi slams BJP's Karnataka manifesto as "a poorly crafted fantasy"

04 May 2018, 4:22 PM

Live: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering in Gajendragarh, Karnataka


04 May 2018, 4:23 PM

Jayanagar assembly seat election postponed due to death of BJP MLA and candidate Vijayakumar

04 May 2018, 4:24 PM

Tension in Hangarahalli after police lathicharge to disperse crowd after Congress candidate supporters clashed with residents


04 May 2018, 4:25 PM

Actors Darshan and Sudeep to campaign for Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari

04 May 2018, 5:02 PM

Election Commission postpones Jayanagar constituency election due to sudden demise of BN Vijaykumar


04 May 2018, 5:08 PM

Siddaramaiah ridicules BJP's 'mission 150'. Says, the saffron party would not even touch 50 seats while saying that the JD(S) will get 25

04 May 2018, 5:33 PM

"PM Modi is the first Prime Minister to drag the Army into electoral battles," remarks senior Congress leader Anand Sharma.


04 May 2018, 8:01 PM

PM Modi bows before Ambedkar but stays silent on atrocities against Dalits, says Rahul Gandhi at a campaign rally.

04 May 2018, 8:10 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses public in Shiggaon.

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