Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday urged the people of Karnataka to vote in large numbers to build a progressive and a ”40-per cent-commission-free” state.
Voting for the high-stakes Assembly elections in Karnataka began early on Wednesday in a state where the ruling BJP is eyeing to script history by retaining its southern citadel while a combative Congress is seeking a comeback ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
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In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said, ”Karnataka’s vote… for 5 guarantees, for women’s rights, for youth employment, for the upliftment of the poor. Come, vote in large numbers.” ”Let’s build a 40%-commission-free, progressive Karnataka together,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi using the hashtag ‘Congress Winning150’.
कर्नाटक का वोट…
5 गारंटी के लिए,
महिलाओं के अधिकार के लिए,
युवाओं के रोज़गार के लिए,
गरीबों के उत्थान के लिए।
आएं, ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा संख्या में मतदान करें,
‘40% कमीशन’ मुक्त, प्रगतिशील कर्नाटक का साथ में निर्माण करें।#CongressWinning150 pic.twitter.com/3ycwYtabcN
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 10, 2023
He also shared a graphic featuring the Congress’ five guarantees.
Polling is being held for 224 seats in what is being seen mainly as a three-cornered contest between the ruling BJP, the Congress and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular).
The voting that began at 7 am amid tight security will go on till 6 in the evening.