Lauding the efforts of Sonia Gandhi, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi said that he would not be the person he was today without the support of his mother. "If my mother was not around and supporting me every day, I don't know where would I be today. Thanks to her today I am the President of Congress Party and India's Prime Minister Candidate. All moms should be like her," he said on Sunday on the occasion of Mothers' Day.

Much to the surprise of many, Rahul Gandhi did not comment about the elections in Karnataka.

Taking to social media, he announced that NSUI has launched a 4-week public policy course for “Future of India” Fellows.

The summer boot camp will provide India’s brightest young minds an overview of key policy challenges facing our country and the tools to analyze and understand the politics behind these policies.

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On Twitter, he offered his condolences to the families of those killed in the severe storms and lightning strikes across India on Monday. Many have also been injured, he said and requested the e Congress Party workers to provide all possible assistance to the families of those killed and injured.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka, chief minister Siddaramaiah thanked the people of the state for turning out in huge numbers to vote.

"Thank you for exercising your franchise. I thank all the officers & staff connected with conducting the Election for their hard work & sincerity. And finally, to all the workers of the Congress party. I am indebted to you for all your efforts," he said.

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He added: "I took charge as CM on 13th May 2013.

Today I complete 5 years. As I look back on the 5 years I feel a deep sense of fulfillment. I do have a list of things we could do better and a list of things that we need to do."

"I am looking forward to your love & support for doing more," he said.

Congress party members said that there is confidence and a sense of fulfillment that we have done our best for the people of Karnataka.

For Congress in Karnataka, politics is about being honest & transparent about work. "Our work speaks volumes and has been recognized too. We will be back in power again," Congress party said in a joint statement to the press.

On Twitter, hashtag KarnatakaKurukshetra has been trending for the past few days. According to reports, BJP workers reportedly thrashed sox Dalits for not voting for the party in Yavgal village of Gadag district after confining them in a room. Based on a tip-off, police visited the spot and rescued the six men. A case has been registered at Ron police station.

Meanwhile, BS Yeddyurappa, BJP candidate for chief minister in Karnataka, also took to social media to thank the people for turning up to vote."Gratitude to the people of Karnataka for voting in large numbers.

BJP in Karnataka is headed towards a landslide victory with all your blessings and support," he said.

According to exit polls, both Congress and the BJP are neck to neck in Karnataka. Several polls indicate that BJP is leading in the state, closely followed by the Congress and JDS. Journalist Barkha Dutt says, "Variance in exit polls on Karnataka Elections2018 yet again displays that their only purpose is minor evening entertainment."

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