Karnataka elections highlights: PM Modi takes dig at BSP, says JD(S) has joined hands with communal forces Karnataka assembly elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Congress President Rahul Gandhi began the eighth phase of Jana Ashirwada Yatre. (INC/Twitter)

Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: As campaigning for the elections intensifies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi are addressing public rallies in the state on Thursday. The Prime Minister, addressing a rally in Kalaburagi, said only a handful of people benefit when the Congress wins elections. He added that when BJP is elected, the Lotus blooms and people prosper. The Prime Minister will also travel to Ballari and Bengaluru today.

Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, addressing a rally in Aurad, said the PM resorts to personal attacks. “He is my Prime Minister and I will never disrespect him,” he added.

PM Modi kickstarted BJP’s Karnataka election campaign on May 1 by addressing three rallies in Chamarajanagara, Udupi and Belagavi, in which he targeted Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. On Wednesday, he interacted with BJP’s Kisan Morcha workers via the Narendra Modi app and said the party needs to convince farmers to vote for a government that is sensitive to their issues. While the final programme of his Karnataka tour is still being finalised, PM Modi is scheduled to be in the poll-bound state on May 3, 5, 7 and 8. He will be addressing a total of 21 rallies — three per day.

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— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) May 3, 2018

Polling for the 224-member Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 12 and results will be declared on May 15.

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