The extensive campaigning for the 224-member Karnataka Assembly elections would come to an end on Thursday evening with the model code of conduct being applicable in the southern state.
On the last day of the poll campaign, both the rival parties—the Congress and The BJP—would go with full force to attack each other and woo their voters.
The political blamegame and mudslinging that started on Tuesday after thousands of voter ID cards were found in a flat that allegedly belonged to a former BJP Corporator, were also expected to intensify on Thursday.
For the Congress, party president Rahul Gandhi will hold a press conference in Bengaluru, where he is expected to hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of voter ID cards recovered from the house of a former BJP Corporator.
For the BJP, PM Modi, party president Amit Shah, and chief ministers of several states will hold rallies and road shows in a bid to swing voters mood in their favour.
While Modi will address the SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha workers of BJP via Narendra Modi app, Shah will hold a roadshow to challenge Siddaramaiah in his constituency Badami.
# 04:20 PM: Voter ID scandal shows Congress' desperation: The voter id scandal shows how desperate Congress is to win the elections. They are resorting to undemocratic ways to win elections. I would like to appeal to those who have fake voter ID cards to not come under the trap laid by the Congress party and should stay away from filthy election tactics adopted by them.
# 04:10 PM: Siddaramaiah did nothing in last 5 years: While addressing a press conference in poll-bound Karnataka's Bengaluru, Shah said, "In the last 5 years, Siddaramaiah government has proved to be the most unsuccessful govt after the independence. They did nothing for the farmers and are not even ready to give answers for their failure."
# 04: 05 PM: Watch LIVE: BJP president Amit Shah is addressing a press conference in Bengaluru.
# 11:10 AM: BJP doesn't understand the term 'Hindu’: “The BJP doesn't understand the term 'Hindu.' When BJP uses the term 'Election Hindu' it defines their own perspective of the religion,” the Gandhi scion said.
# 11:05 AM: BJP copied Congress' manifesto: The Congress drew from the essence of the aspirations of the people of Karnataka to create its manifesto. The BJP's manifesto, however, was crafted behind closed doors and half of it was copied from the Congress manifesto.
# 10:55 AM: Union ministers in Karnataka shows BJP in ‘panic’: I can tell you why BJP Union Ministers are campaigning in Karnataka -. I'm happy they're here, it helps us!
# 10:45 AM: Rahul Gandhi confident of Congress's victory: I have been traveling around K'taka for a few months now, we all stood together&fought campaign on fundamental issues. We've prepared manifesto which is truly voice of the people. Opposition has restricted itself to making personal remarks. We are confident of winning the elections.
# 10:40 AM: Watch: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah address press conference in Bengaluru.
# 09:35 AM: As election campaign ends today, BJP goes full throttle: On the last day of campaigning for Karnataka Election 2018, 23 party leaders, including Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ananth Kumar, Piyush Goyal & Dharmendra Pradhan, to hold mega road shows in different parts of Karnataka today.
# 09:20 AM: BJP govt made Atrocities Act more stringent: Our govt has made SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act more stringent in increasing the offences listed in the Act from 22 to 47.
# 09:16 AM: Need to work for deprived and women: I appreciate the work you do for the party. Morchas play a vital role in bringing new generation in our fold . We need to work tirelessly for the welfare of deprived and women.
# 09:15 AM: BJP for the welfare of Dalits, minorities: BJP has the most number of MPs in parliament that belong to SC/ST, OBC and minority. I appeal you to visit homes of SC/ST, OBC and minorities and assure them that BJP will work for their welfare: PM Modi
# 09:13 AM: PM Modi has started addressing BJP workers through 'Narendra Modi' mobile app.
# 08:50 AM: PM Shri Narendra Modi will shortly address the SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha Karyakartas of BJP Karnataka through 'Narendra Modi App' at 9 am today.
#08: 45 AM: Karnataka’s Pride and Shame: CM Siddaramaiah initiated Anna Bhagya, Mathru Poorna, Vidyasiri, Ksheera Bhagya etc. to uplift young & old alike, he is Karnataka’s pride. BS Yeddyurappa initiated scam after scam to line his own pockets, he is Karnataka’s shame, says Congress.
#08:40 AM: Shah will also hold a roadshow today in Siddaramaiah's constituency Badami.
#08:35 AM: BJP National President Shri @AmitShah will address a press conference at 4 pm today in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
#08:30 AM: Hello and Welcome to News Nation Live updates. Campaigning for the Karnataka Assembly polls will come to an end Today and both the BJP and Congress will go full throttle on the last day of their election campaign for the high-stakes election in the southern state. From PM Modi to Amit Shah to Rahul Gandhi, star campaigners of both parties will hold rallies, roadshows and press conferences to attack each other and woo their voters. We will bring you all the latest updates and happenings from their rallies in Karnataka.