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Rahul Gandhi's plane scare: Police await technical experts' report

Rahul Gandhi's plane scare: Police await technical experts' report

The Congress has demanded an investigation and lodged a police complaint after a chartered aircraft carrying party president Rahul Gandhi allegedly experienced "multiple unexplained technical snags" and autopilot failure while landing at the Hubballi airport around 11.30 a.m. on Thursday.

"BJP manifesto is decided by 3-4 leaders. There would also be some amount of corruption and some ideas from the Reddy brothers".

A Financial Express report quoted the head of Congress IT cell, Aniruddha Sharma, as saying that four people will be posted at the gates of Ramlila Maidan with barcode scanners to track the number of workers attending the rally. "The opposition does not respect the culture of Karnataka and the ideals of Basavanna". He said the party had prepared the manifesto with major focus on 16 points in consultation with all leaders and people. The manifesto was not drafted in closed-door meetings.

It also lists the sectors it will focus on if it returns to power in the state, beginning with agriculture and going on to education, energy, governance, health and nutrition, irrigation, law and justice, social justice, women's empowerment and child development. "We are speaking "Mann Ki Baat" of people through our manifesto", Gandhi said.

Congress' sources said PM Modi called and inquired about the safety of Rahul Gandhi.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah, meanwhile, claimed, "Congress will win majority again in the state".

According to a media report, the singer only sang, "Vande mataram vande mataram, sujalam suphalam malayaja sheetalam, sasyashyamalam maataram, vande mataram". He is also expected to address a public gathering at Bantwal region, Dakshina district and Kodagu in the coming days.

Elections to the 225-seat Karnataka Assembly are scheduled for May 12.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi released the party's manifesto for Karnataka elections at Mangaluru, away from the state capital Bengaluru, on Friday, April 27, promising one crore jobs in five years. Votes will be counted on May 15.