Gloves come off in heated lead-up to Karnataka elections

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The scion of the Gandhi family, who was attacked by PM Modi in Karnataka recently, said that his party's aim was to ensure that the RSS does not crush the voice of Karnataka.

"The fountainhead of data - Cambridge Analytica - has shut its shop". It is about security of women, the development of farmers.

As war of words heatens up, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the BJP giving tickets to mining baron Reddy brothers to contest in the Karnataka Assembly polls.

"Modi is aware about the happenings in Karnataka politics, and also what Rahul Gandhi said about me". The May 12th Karnataka Assembly polls are crucial for both the Congress and the BJP ahead of 2019 general elections. However, Congress party state spokesperson Randeep Surjewala slammed PM for his remark and claimed it as "Modinomics!"

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The Commissioner said the police Anti-Bomb Squad have been deployed to the scene of the incident at Mubi to manage the situation. Mubi is around 200 kilometres (124 miles) away from Maiduguri where last week's attack was the second in a month.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that the Congress leaders are playing communal cards in Karnataka. "What is this other than the communal agenda?", Mr Patra said. "See, how they misled the Dalits", Modi told an election rally here.

"After losing on five crucial years, the people of Karnataka have now chose to not waste time to tolerate this rule". Responding to the Prime Minister's attack on previous central governments, the Congress chief said Modi had insulted the parents, farmers and small traders of yesteryear despite their contribution to nation-building. Modi said: "After the surgical strike, a Congress leader called the Army chief a goonda (thug)". The BJP has sought the resignation of the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi District, Ms Priyanka Francis, alleging that she has committed such breaches at the behest of the ruling Congress government.

While the Congress trended the hashtag Answermadimodi (Modi must answer), the BJP shot back using #NammaModi (Our man Modi) on May 1. "Not a religious battle where you would like to do away with Saffron flag, codes and tradition of temples".

Earlier, Gandhi had dared Modi to allow him to speak for 15 minutes in Parliament, saying the prime minister would not be able to sit through those 15 minutes.