Narendra Modi yet again emphasised on the fact that the Congress was a sleeping government in Karnataka. Addressing a mega rally in Karnataka, Modi sought to strike a chord with the voter by starting his speech in Kannada at Tumakuru around 50 kilometres from Bengaluru.
He said that he is overwhelmed with the kind of reception he got in Karnataka this time. "This is in fact bigger than the reception I got here in 2014", he said. Modi at the beginning of his speech invoked the blessings of Siddaganga Mutt which is located in Tumakuru.
Modi said that the Congress rakes up the poor card only at the time of elections. After the elections, it is never spoken about and this has been the case since the time of Indira Gandhi.
However this card is not working for them ever since the country elected the son of a poor mother as the PM, he also said while referring to himself. The Congress has ruled for so long and that too by one family has done nothing for the farmers. Had they worked for the farmers would there be so many suicides? It is only at the time of elections, they speak about the farmers.
Not our b-team:
Modi sought to clear the air about the alleged alliance with the JD(S) which has been in the news for long now. Deve Gowda criticised me in 2014. Gowda criticised me, but I always respected him said, Modi. He said he would commit suicide if I became the PM. I had, in fact, advised him against that and referred to him as a great leader whose services were needed for the people.
I want to expose the Congress here, Modi said. They are telling lies about a JD(S) alliance every single day. Why is the JD(S) being called our B-team? Who is in an alliance at the Bengaluru corporation, Modi asked? The Congress must tell the truth and stop making a fool out of the people, Modi further added.
Takes Congress on:
Our government is working on several projects to preserve water. River linking is important and it was a dream of Atal Vajpayee. The dream we are fulfilling now, Modi said. He also said that the linking of the Hemavathi and Nethravathi would be beneficial to many including the people of Tumakuru.
Coconut is a major crop in Karnataka. What is the Congress government doing to help the coconut growers? Does the Congress care? They only care about filling the coffers of their ministers, Modi also added.
Tumakuru is under the smart city project. We have given funds to the Congress government, but it has not been utilised by this corrupt and sleeping government said, Modi.
We came up with direct transfer benefit scheme through Aadhaar. People started getting money directly in their bank. Prior to this middlemen would loot the Rs 80,000 crore meant for the needy.
The time has come to punish the Congress and bring the BJP to power under the leadership of Yeddyurappa. The farmer will benefit immensely as Yeddyurappa is a leader of the farmers, Modi added while winding up with the slogan, 'Sarakara badalisi, BJP gellisi.' ( Change the government, make BJP win)
|Karnataka Assembly Election dates|
|Date of notification||April 17|
|Last date to file nominations||April 24|
|Last date to withdraw nominations||April 27|
|Date of polling||May 12|
|Date of counting||May 15|