Today, Congress President Sonia Gandhi made a strong pitch for "change" in the state as it was passing through "some of the darkest days. In her first campaign rally in Karnataka, Sonia said in Chikmagalur that "the BJP has completely ignored your mandate, they have completely betrayed the mandate of the people of Karnataka."
Noting that Karnataka has had a glorious past and brighter future awaiting, she said this is possible only if there is political stability.
"Therefore this political stability is essential. A stable government is need of the hour for Karnataka," Sonia Gandhi said.
Sonia's son and Congress number 2, Rahul Gandhi spoke yesterday about corruption and family politics, forgetting about Gandhi family and Congress corruption.
Rahul Gandhi has described BJP as the party which has set a world record in corruption.
During his tour of Karnataka on Friday, Rahul chose corruption to hit back at the ruling party. Addressing an election rally in Haveri in North Karnataka, Rahul said the JD(S)-BJP coalition rule and the present BJP government have become known for their large-scale corruption.
Rahul also urged people not to vote for JD(S) so as to prevent a family from holding power. He sought voters to chose Congress to bring about a change in the State, which had drawn global attention for its strides in IT and BT sectors.
He advised the voters to actively take part in the political process to bring about a change.
Rahul also addressed an election meeting in Mandya.
Standing on the other end of the political spectrum, Rahul's cousin and BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Friday said the Karnataka Assembly elections will play an instrumental role in shaping up the future of the country.
Addressing public rallies in Mangalore and Udupi districts he said the country needs a strong person and mere good virtues are not enough to lead a country.
"Hame sirf shareef admi nahi chahiye, hame sashakth admi chahiye," he said referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Stating that youth in the country are aspiring for equality irrespective of status, religion, caste and creed, he said there was a need for a party that can provide stable government.
He called upon the voters to think the country as a whole while casting their ballots and not about the local issues. "Voting should be positive and should not be aimed at defeating others. Each individual should be self-reliant and the country needs people who can make sacrifices instead of bowing their heads and accepting defeat," he stressed.