Sounding the poll bugle in poll-bound Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday mounted a scathing attack on the Siddaramaiah-led government while alluding to the law and order situation in the state. He said on the one hand, BJP at the Centre was trying to take India forward, while on the other in Karnataka “there is such a government that there is a reverse flow.”
“In the whole world there is discussion about ease of doing business and there are efforts in that direction. Our government is making efforts for the ease of doing business and talking about ease of living. But with Congress government in Karnataka, here there are discussions regarding ease of doing murders,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally at the sprawling Palace Grounds in Bengaluru.
The rally marked the culmination of the state BJP’s 85-day “Parivarthana Yatra” that crisscrossed all the 224 assembly constituencies.
Targeting the Congress government in the poll-bound state, PM Modi said that criminals have more power in the state and opposing the Congress government has become life-threatening. “The one who opposes Congress ends up losing life. This is dangerous for democracy and shameful for state government,” he charged.
Talking about allegations of corruption on several ministers in the Karnataka government, PM Modi alleged that the Siddaramaiah-led government is being recognised as “10 per cent government” as no work gets done without offering a 10 per cent commission in the state.
Addressing the former CM BS Yeddyurappa as ‘Karnataka’s centre of hope’, the Prime Minister said that after coming to power the BJP government will allocate Rs 1 lakh crore for irrigational purposes to the farmers. “If Yeddyurappa, son of a farmer, becomes CM of Karnataka, the projects for farmers will work at its best because Yeddyurappa has farmer’s best interest at heart,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister ridiculing the Congress government said that they have continuously misused the funds allocated by the Centre and that no development is seen in last 3.5 years.
Modi, in his hour-long speech, said the Congress govt has done nothing for the people and have placed their own interests over the country. “Congress CM in the state did business, we gave Rs 2 lakh crore to state government, a hike of 180 per cent from UPA’s tenure but no positive change is visible,” PM Modi said.
He added that the centre has infused Rs 82,000 crore in infrastructure development in the state, which shows, “We are giving importance to next-generation infrastructure.”
Reflecting on the Budget 2018, the prime minister pitched his government’s push to agriculture and farming and said, “Farmers producing fruits and vegetables are our ‘TOP’ priority. ‘TOP’ means ‘Tomato, Onion & Potato’. We have launched ‘Operation Green’ in the interest of these farmers. ‘Operation Green’ would be beneficial for farmers just like the Amul model was successful in dairy.”
While the PM spoke on a number of issues, he failed to talk about the problems arising from Mahadayi water sharing dispute in the state. CM Siddaramiah, ahead of the rally, had tweeted to the PM and urged him to resolve the dispute between Karnataka and Goa over sharing of Madayi river water. The CM tweeted, “I am glad you are making time to visit the country’s startup and innovation hub, Namma Bengaluru today. On behalf of my people, I urge you to find the time for Karnataka’s drinking water needs & help us resolve the Mahadayi dispute.”
Meanwhile, a group of college students, donning degree robes and selling ‘pakodas’ to passers-by took a dig at Modi’s remarks over job creation. The young students sold ‘Modi Pakodas’, ‘Amit Shah Pakoda’ 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. They were later taken into custody by the police.
The tenure of the Karnataka Assembly ends in May this year and Assembly polls will be held in the state before that.