Karnataka poll campaign ends today, election on May 12

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has expressed his interest in becoming India's prime minister if his party or a coalition led by it wins next year's crucial general elections.

Training his guns on Gandhi after he publicly declared his prime ministerial ambition at an interaction here, Modi had wondered whether the country will ever accept such an "immature and naamdar (dynast)" leader for the post.

Gandhi said Modi is raking up such issues as he doesn't like to discuss the fundamental issues in Karnataka.

The Prime Minister also attacked his predecessor Manmohan Singh, who on Monday criticized the BJP government for its "disastrous policies" and "economic mismanagement", leaving the country with crises that were avoidable.

The Congress today petitioned the Election Commission (EC), demanding action against the BJP over the recovery of thousands of voter identity cards in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency in Karnataka, and accused the ruling party at the Centre of enacting the "midnight drama".

While talking to the reporters, Rahul Gandhi had said that whenever PM Modi doesn't want to respond, he tries to distract. In an interaction at the Berkley University in the United States in September a year ago, Gandhi had said he was "absolutely ready" to be the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "So he is angry with me", Gandhi said.

Gandhi took to Twitter to draw a comparison between the Congress government in Karnataka and the previous BJP regime (2008-13) in the state, with the help of figures to show that his party's rule was better on all counts. "Modi likes to discuss things like sea planes, which is a political issue, I guess. bullet trains". "Our government in the state waived Rs 8,000 crore farm loans but the Modi government didn't contribute a rupee to it", the Congress leader said.

Further stepping up attack on Modi, the party also lodged a complaint against him with the Election Commission of India, saying he violated the model code of conduct by making a promise to resolve the Mahadayi river water sharing issue with the neighbouring Goa.

"But, unlike our PM who hasn't had a press conference in 4 yrs., I will be doing many more of these!", he added in the tweet.

After all, we live in Incredible India! These stats show that Congress has an advantage over BJP in forming the next government.

"The Congress has shaken them".

The PM said that after Yeddyurappa takes charge as chief minister, he will put in motion several initiatives from helping farmers to easing urban transport on metro trains. "Congress will defend the rights of Dalits and raise this issue", he said. Gandhi asserted the Congress would win the Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. It can be seen differently by different people, people can call it Modi's political gimmick or some may relate to the frustration he must be going through to reform a country which was so deeply drenched in falsehood and corruption.