Here are the day’s election-related developments at a glance.


Amid the political heat in Mandya thanks to a high-profile poll battle featuring Independent candidate Sumalatha and coalition nominee Nikhil K., an audio clip containing a conversation in which veteran Congress leader and Gandhian G. Made Gowda sought money from JD(S) Minister C.S. Puttaraju for the election expenses of Mr. Nikhil was leaked on Sunday.

The one-minute-55-second clip, said to be of a telephonic conversation between the two leaders, was leaked to the media on Sunday. In it, Mr. Gowda, who spearheads the Cauvery agitations whenever the water crisis arises, is purportedly heard asking the Minister to arrange money for his workers. Mr. Gowda also says that his son (Madhu G. Made Gowda, a former MLC) would collect the money. Mr. Puttaraju is heard replying that he would arrange the of the Modi government like Ujjwala, or the Aawaas Yojana, the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, because there is a visionary thinking behind it.

Hours after the audio clip was leaked, Mr. Gowda addressed the media here and admitted that he had asked for money. But he clarified that it was not for bribing voters, but for taking care of the electioneering expenses.

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In a display of unity and strength, ‘mahagathbandhan’ leaders Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Ajit Singh said at a massive rally here on Sunday that their alliance would put forward a Prime Minister, while targeting both the BJP and the Congress for their poor record of governance.

Criticising the BJP and the Congress for their ‘Manuwadi’ (anti-Dalit) policies, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati hit out at the Congress for putting up candidates who would cut into the votes of the alliance.

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