Monday, 21 January, 2019

Mahadayi: Protesters demand PM to speak on the issue at rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and B.S. Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and B.S. Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru on Sunday
Melissa Porter | 04 February, 2018, 15:57

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sounded the poll bugle in Karnataka and said the ruling Congress was on the cusp of being ousted from the state.

► Your enthusiasm shows that the countdown of Congress to make an exit has begun. "Congress is at the exit gate.It has caused destruction here and Karnataka doesn't need a Congress culture anymore". Sources in the party said Mr Modi would arrive at HAL airport at 3.50 pm, and reach Palace Grounds, venue of the rally, 15 minutes later.

The Prime Minister also touched upon the controversy which broke out over the amount of funds the Karnataka government received from the Centre.

On crime, he blamed the Congress government in Karnataka of turning a blind eye to the "scores of political activists" killed in the state. "However, we have provisioned Rs 2 lakh crore for it which is more than 180% more than Congress had provided".

"World is discussing ease of doing business but here ease of murdering is being discussed". The one who opposes ends up losing life.

"In this budget, government has made a significant decision so that correct price of crops are given to farmers". Senior state Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao said, "It was more a Yatra of lies and deceit than any parivartana (progress). they had no agenda or material to attack us". "TOP meaning T from Tomato, O from Onions and P from Potatoes". After edging victory across Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election, now the party is engrossing itself for the elections of several north-eastern states and Karnataka.

► With an investment of 17,000 crores, construction work of 160 km long sub-urban railway network will be started in Bengaluru. "This is unsafe for democracy and shameful for state government", remarked Modi. The young students sold Modi pakodas, Amit Shah pakodas and Dr Yeddy pakodas, a reference to Karnataka BJP chief Yeddyurappa, to those passing by, including the BJP workers and visitors on their way to the rally.

"During Congress regime, Karnataka got Rs 73000 crore".

The rally, to bring the BJP back to power in the southern state on the plank of transforming it through development, was led by its state unit president and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and the party's other state leaders.