1:30 PMNarendra Modi defends Lata Mangeshkar, slams Congress:
Recalling the recent controversy over one Congress leader's demand of taking Bharat Ratna back from Lata Mangeshkar, Modi hit out at Congress. The legendary singer recently faced Congress' wrath after praising Modi.
Modi said that Congress does not follow the rule of democracy, rather the party depends on CBI. Modi accused Congress of using CBI to blackmail other party leaders forcing them to dole out support for them.
Congress trying to impose emergency again, says Narendra Modi:
Speaking about Congress-led UPA government's several adversaries restricting the work process of media and social networking site, Modi said that Congress once again is trying to impose emergency in the country.
"To strangle democracy is Congress way. It happened earlier and his happening now. They are scared of social media now. Congress does not believe or trust in democracy," said Modi in Bangalore.
How Bangalore owes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, reveals Narendra Modi:
Speaking about former BPM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said, "After Silicon Valley, if there is another city where IT is a focus area, it's Bengaluru. Bengaluru's progress happened because a different IT ministry was created under Vajpayee government. It was NDA govt lead by Vajpayee who thought of "mission moon", made separate IT ministry and who enacted IT act."
Sachin wave touches Narendra Modi, hailed at Bangalore rally:
Congratulating Sachin Tendulkar and professor CNR Rao on being conferred with the Bharat Ratna, Narendra Modi said, "I congratulate Sachin Tendulkar and Rao on being conferred with Bharat Ratna."
12:47 PMModi speaks in Kannada, woos people in Karnataka:
Beginning his speech in Kannada, Narendra Modi wooed people gathered at the rally. He hailed legends such as Kempegowda. The leader has been welcomed with thundering applause.
Modi is BJP's PM candidate, reiterates Rajnath:
Rajnath once again ruled out all speculations regarding BJP's decision of changing its PM candidate. Hitting out at union minister Kapil Sibal, Rajnath reiterated that Narendra Modi is BJP's prime ministerial nominee for 2014 Lok Sabha elections.He also urged people in Karnataka to cast their votes to Modi-led BJP as he asserted that the country needs a PM like Gujarat CM -- Narendra Modi.
We are security guards, not thieves; Rajnath slams Rahul:
Rajnath Singh lashed out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over the latter's controversial remark on BJP.
Rajnath claimed that being an opposition party, BJP cannot be a "thief". BJP can only be a security guard of the treasure of the country. Rahul Gandhi recently said, I want not one but 500 Nandu Patels in Chhattisgarh, who will get the state rid of these thieves."
Poll-bound Chhattisgarh has been ruled by BJP government. Rahul's statement surfaced during his election campaign in the state.
Rs 35 lakh cheque given to Narendra Modi:
A cheque of Rs 35 lakh has been given to Narendra Modi. The money was collected from nearly three lakh people who bought tickets to attend the rally.
The tickets have been sold at Rs 10 each. The collected money will be donated for the installation of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue in Gujarat, a fond project of Modi.
Rajnath Singh accompanies Narendra Modi in Bangalore:
President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- Rajnath Singh along with Ananth Kumar shared the dais with Modi. This is Modi's first visit to Karnataka after his elevation in the party as BJP's PM candidate.
Narendra Modi arrives at Palace Grounds:
Narendra Modi's helicopter lands at Palace Grounds, Bangalore. It seems Modi-wave hit the IT city as the crowd shouts slogans of "Narendra Modi ki Jai".
Lakhs gather to see Modi, few for Rahul's rally
Twitter has gone abuzz with Modi's rally in Bangalore. #NaMoInBangalore has been trending on the micro-blogging site. Meanwhile, a tweeple tweeted a picture comparing the two site where Modi and Rahul are expected to address two rallies in IT city and in Delhi respectively.
The picture shows while lakhs gathered to see their leader in Bangalore, venues of Rahul's rally is empty.
Rs 20 crore spent for Narendra Modi's 1-hour rally in Bangalore:
According to NDTV report, BJP has spent Rs 20 crore for Modi's rally which is scheduled to be held at Palace Ground.
Party sources also informed that nearly three lakh people bought tickets at Rs 10 each to watch Modi. The collected money will be donated for the installation of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue in Gujarat, a fond project of Modi.
Narendra Modi to reach Bangalore shortly to attend mega rally:
PM candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- Narendra Modi is expected to reach Bangalore around 11:00 am on Sunday, Nov 17. It is said to become a mega rally as lakhs are expected to attend the rally.
Security has been beefed up across the city as police do not want to take any chance citing the aftereffects of Patna serial blasts during Modi's Hunkar Rally. The Garden City has been plastered with Modi's pictures and life-size cutouts and the BJP's flags.