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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PM Modi begins his address in Belagavi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently addressing his last public gathering of the day in Belagavi district.
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.
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. https://t.co/3t7Gx57mo1— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 1, 2018
Polling for the 224-member Assembly will be held on the 12th of this month and results will be declared on the 15th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your love is such, that language cannot act as a barrier between us, says PM Modi to the audience at a rally in Udupi
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.
PM Modi to shortly address public meeting in Udupi
Yeddyurappa on Modi highlighting '2+1 Cong formula'
#NammaModi ji exposes 2+1 & 1+1 family formula of Congress party. Afraid of defeat @siddaramaiah left son to fight from Varuna & contesting from 2 places himself in desperation to ascertain one victory for family. Ministers doing the same. Opportunists can't think for Karnataka.— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 1, 2018
Karnataka needs a 'Mission' govt not 'Commission': Yeddyurappa
Here is PM Modi's challenge to Rahul Gandhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday challenged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak for 15 minutes and list down the party’s achievements in Karnataka without referring to a paper. Rahul Gandhi can speak in any language as he pleases, including his mother tongue, PM Modi said.
BJP lists sins of Congress
CM Siddaramaiah wishes on Labour Day
Karnataka is a national leader, thanks to our strong, dedicated workforce.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 1, 2018
This #LabourDay I want to salute all workers, who contribute to building a Nava Karnataka.
May the timeless ideal of ‘Kayakave Kailasa’ inspire us to work hard for the unity & progress of our great land.
Siddaramaiah hits back at PM Modi
"Was it fear that drove you to contest from 2 parliamentary constituencies Varanasi and Vadodara PM Narendra Modi? Of course you are a 56 inch man, you would have some clever explanation!! Forget 2 seats, Sir. Worry about the fact that your party will not cross 60-70!" tweeted Siddaramaiah. This was in response to PM Modi's statement "I was reading the papers and saw a 2+1 formula in Karnataka. This is a version of family politics in Karnataka."
PM Modi heads to Udupi
The Prime Minister after concluding his speech is now headed to Udupi in coastal Karnataka where he will also be making a visit to local temples.
Congress obstructing development projects in state
Projects worth Rs 80000 crore is underway in Karnataka, but the Congress is indulged in politicising those projects. The expressway worth Rs 7000 crore is being undertaken between Mysore and Bengaluru, which will also benefit Santhemarahalli and adjoining areas. But, Congress is obstructing the project.
Modi questions state government
It is the NDA Government that is working to transform the lives of farmers. The farmers of Karnataka are benefitting from the various initiatives of the Central Government. Why are the people of Chamarajanagar not getting access to proper drinking water, jobs and why is the tourism potential here not being harnessed. What is the State Government doing?
We are focssed on improving the living condition of ever citizen: Modi
In Karnataka there is no law, there is no order. The respected Lokayukta is not safe, how can the common people be safe. PM Modi says the area of Santhemarahalli is suffering from the shortage of water, but the state government does nothing to improve the situation. Our government has launched water projects in 99 villages across India which also include 5 projects in Karnataka: Modi
Congress synonym for poor development', says Modi
Wherever there is Congress party ruling, all directions of development get jammed and its all about crime, dynasty and Karnataka has also gone through similar problems in last five years.
'This is 10 per cent commission govt'
PM Modi says it is time for people politics and family/dynasty politics will not work. There is no one in the current Congress government who is away from corruption and the people of the state know that the 10 per cent commission has taken over the people's mission. Urges people to vote for BJP and change the fate of the state.
Modi mocks Siddaramaiah
Modi takes a jibe at CM Siddaramaiah on contesting election from two seats, says he is running here and there in hope of winning from atleast one seat. For CM if it's two plus one formula than for ministers they one plus one formula where father and children are contesting the election.
Modi's jibe on Rahul Gandhi's challenge
Congress President challenged me and said Modiji will not be able to sit in Parliament if he speaks for 15 minutes, but the biggest point is that he will speak for 15 minutes. Rahul Gandhi ji we cannot sit in front of you because you are 'naamdaar'and you are 'kaamdaar'. We don't even have good clothes to wear. Modi said that Rahul Gandhi can deliver the speech in any language be it Hindi, English or in Sonia Gandhi's mother tongue.
Modi targets Congress on failed promises over electrification
PM Modi targets Congress on promises to provide electricity by 2009, but they failed till 2014. You kept sitting till 2014, until I came to power, why did you waste time. Modi said that after they came to power they electrified 39 villages, in four years of Congress government just two villages were electrified.
Dr. Manmohan Singh said we will electrify villages by 2009, Smt. Sonia Gandhi went a step ahead and said we will provide electricity to every house by 2009. But what happened? Congress has nothing but contempt for the poor and the labourers of India.
Cong has no respect for 'Vande Matram': Modi
The Congress is led by leaders who have no respect for India's history. I was shocked that they even went to the level of disrespecting 'Vande Mataram': Modi
Modi confident of BJP victory in Karnataka
Before I came here, I was told there is a 'Hawa' for the BJP in Karnataka. Now that I am here, I can tell you - it is much more than that. The Party is going to do very well in the poll. Modi talked about his government's achievement of complete electrification of villages in the country.
BS Yeddyurappa hopes of Karnataka
Prime Minister Modi with the help of an interpreter says BS Yeddyurappa is the hope of the people of Karnataka and he is going to be the future Chief Minister of the state. Modi wishes people on the occasion of labour day, Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day.
PM Modi begins speech at public rally
PM Modi in his own style begins his address in local dialect to large chants and applause from the gathered crowd./ PM Modi is beginning his campaign in the state from south Karnataka and is scheduled to address 15 rallies over a period of just five days.
BJP to reinstate Lokayukta and probe Congress
CM in his manifesto says he will strengthen the Lokayukta office. I want to ask the CM, what were you doing for the last 5 years?— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 1, 2018
Once we assume power, we will reinstate Lokayukta & restart all investigations of corruption against CM and his coterie : Shri @BSYBJP #NammaModi
No enimity with PM Modi: Karnataka CM
It is a democracy, we have no personal enmity with the PM. We have no objection to him coming here (Karnataka), but it is not going to have any impact, said CM Siddaramaiah on Modi's visit to Karnataka.