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Karnataka assembly election 2018 Highlights: Congress cannot live without power, says PM Modi

Karnataka assembly election 2018 highlights: PM Narendra Modi has been continuously targeting the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state, where he has accused the government of being corrupt and not working to fulfil the aspirations of the people.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 1, 2018 11:13:37 pm
We believe in 'Ease of Doing Business' while Cong believes in ‘Ease of Doing Murder’, says PM Modi Karnataka assembly election 2018 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa share a lighter moment during Karnataka election campaign rally at Chamarajanagar on Tuesday.( PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who officially kickstarted the BJP campaign in Karnataka, predicted that the BJP would storm to power in the state.  “It is not a BJP wave in Karnataka but it is a BJP storm,” he said.  Addressing a rally in Santhemarahalli town of Chamarajanagar district, the prime minister dared Congress President Rahul Gandhi to speak for 15 minutes extempore in any language of his choice, including his mother tongue. “I challenge you (Rahul Gandhi) to speak for 15 minutes on the achievements of your government in Karnataka without reading from any piece of paper. You can speak in Hindi, English or your mother tongue,” he said. Gandhi had previously challenged PM Modi to allow him to speak in Parliament for 15 minutes.

PM Modi also attacked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s government, saying it did nothing for the farmers in the state and also halted various developmental projects in the state. “Where there is Congress, all roads of development are clogged. There is corruption, lack of harmony,” he said. Modi will address a total of 15 rallies over a period of five days in the state.

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19:03 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress spreading lies fearing loss in election, said PM Modi

'Everywhere in the world, India is being hailed. It’s not because of me, it’s because of you. You elected a majority government. Elect us and you will be able to ask for proof of the promises we make. I’m fighting against corruption and black money and I need your help. Under Yeddyurappa’s leadership, vote for a BJP-majority government,' said PM Modi during his address in Belagavi.

"I urge people of Karnataka to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi's wish of disbanding the Congress party. Now, its Karnataka's turn and you should grab this opportunity," he added.

18:59 (IST)01 May 2018
PM Modi concludes his address in Belagavi

Urging people of Karnataka to help BJP come to power and work towards the development of the state, PM Modi ended his address in Belagavi. This was his last public gathering of the day. 

18:55 (IST)01 May 2018
Modi urges people of Karnataka to bring BJP to power with clear majority

"Congress fears loss in elections and that is why its leaders are spreading lies and creating the atmosphere of fear. Bring us to power with a clear majority so that when we form the government, you can ask us, ' what did you do Modi ji?' says PM Modi.

18:51 (IST)01 May 2018
Farmer welfare a priority for us: PM Modi

"We want our farmers to become prosperous. That is why we ensured neem coating of urea. This significantly helped the farmers and stopped black marketing of urea. Farmer welfare is a priority for us. We brought the soil health cards, ensured MSP at 1.5 times of input cost, implemented the Fasal Bima Yojana," says PM Modi.

18:44 (IST)01 May 2018
Siddaramaiah govt did nothing for farmers in Karnataka: PM Modi

'Congress is jealous because it was our government that got the majority and a person for humble background became the prime minister,' says PM Modi. "Siddaramaiah government did nothing for the farmers in Karnataka. Why did they not ensure proper irrigation facilities to the farmers," he adds.

18:36 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress cannot live without power: PM Modi

"Congress cannot live without power. That is why they are spreading lies, dividing people on the grounds of caste," says PM Modi.

18:34 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress never respected Baba Saheb Ambedkar: PM Modi

'Congress never respected Baba Saheb Ambedkar. They never accepted Baba Saheb's views,' ANI quotes PM Modi as saying in Belagavi.  

18:29 (IST)01 May 2018
PM Modi begins his address in Belagavi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently addressing his last public gathering of the day in Belagavi district.

17:56 (IST)01 May 2018
Siddaramaiah hits back after Modi's 'ease of doing murder' comment

"Crime is not increasing in Karnataka abnormally. PM repeats the lie of increasing crime rate for political purposes. I challenge him for an open debate on a single platform on crime & law & order situation in Karnataka vis-a-viz BJP ruled states," says Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.

17:55 (IST)01 May 2018

Polling for the 224-member Assembly will be held on the 12th of this month and results will be declared on the 15th. 

16:44 (IST)01 May 2018
K'taka polls battle between ‘family politics’ and ‘people’s politics: PM Modi

"I was reading in newspapers about ‘2+1’ & ‘1+1’ formula in Karnataka. This is nothing but a version of ‘family politics’ of the Congress. Karnataka election is a battle between 'Naamdaars' and ‘Kaamdaars’, between ‘family politics’ and ‘people’s politics," said PM Modi.

16:03 (IST)01 May 2018
PM Modi heads towards Belagavi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now head towards Belagavi district where he will address his final public rally of the day at 6 pm.

16:01 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress halted coastal projects in Udupi, says PM Modi

"Congress has halted work on crucial projects in the state," says PM Modi. He said that the region was naturally blessed with coastal plains and yet it had failed to develop under the Congress. After that, the prime minister concluded his speech in Udupi. 

15:49 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress' disrespect towards Deve Gowda is unacceptable: PM Modi

"Congress leaders and Congress President's disrespect towards Shri Deve Gowda ji is not acceptable. If such is their mindset, how can they think good for people of Karnataka? There might be political differences between parties but civility and respect should be maintained. Whenever former PM Deve Gowda Ji visits me in Delhi, I always welcome him with respect and always give him time. The way Rahul Gandhi talked about him recently is shameful," says PM Modi.

15:43 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress believes in 'Ease of Doing Murder': PM Modi

'Violence cannot be accepted in a democracy. It is shameful how BJP Karyakartas were murdered in Karnataka. The Congress must answer on increasing crimes,' says PM Modi. "We are talking about enhancing 'Ease of Doing Business' in the country, but Congress believes in 'Ease of Doing Murder'. This is the culture they have developed," he adds.

15:35 (IST)01 May 2018
Congress allowed a handful of people to "loot" banks: PM Modi

'We opened bank accounts for the poor. Over 31 crores accounts have been opened under Jan Dhan Yojana. If the Congress had ensured their bank accounts, the poor would have contributed so much to the economy,' says PM Modi.

Congress allowed a handful of people to "loot" banks, he adds. 

15:30 (IST)01 May 2018

Your love is such, that language cannot act as a barrier between us, says PM Modi to the audience at a rally in Udupi

15:26 (IST)01 May 2018
People of K'taka will punish Congress in upcoming state elections: PM Modi

"People of Karnataka have decided to punish the Congress in the assembly elections.  We will leave no stone unturned to fulfill aspirations of people of Karnataka and ensure all-round development of the state," says PM Modi.

15:10 (IST)01 May 2018
PM Modi to shortly address public meeting in Udupi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is present at the MGM College, Udupi where he will be addressing his second public gathering in a while.

14:03 (IST)01 May 2018
Yeddyurappa on Modi highlighting '2+1 Cong formula'

Karnataka assembly election LIVE updates, amit shah, Narendra Modi, BJP BJP President Amit Shah has been campaigning in the state continuously in the past month. (File)

Sources said although a tentative schedule has been prepared for 15 rallies, Modi is likely to spend less time at each place compared to his election rallies in the past. “That’s because his official work schedule is too tight to accommodate more rallies or time,” said a party leader. According to the tentative schedule prepared by the PMO, Modi is expected to address three rallies on May 1 in Chamarajnagar, Udupi and Belagavi, followed by rallies in Gulbarga, Ballari and Bengaluru on May 3.

On May 5, he is scheduled to visit Tumkur, Shivamogga and Hubbali, and he is expected to be in Raichur, Chitradurga and Kolar on May 7, according to the tentative schedule. On May 8, two days before campaigning winds up, Modi may address public rallies in Vijayapura, Mangaluru and Bengaluru, party leaders said.

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