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.