New Delhi, May 1: With the election just around the corner in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday kicked off the final leg of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign by addressing three rallies in Chamarajanagar, Udupi, and Belagavi. In his first rally at Chamarajanager, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi. He asked him to speak for 15 minutes, without taking a paper in his hand, about the achievements of your government in Karnataka. Calling Gandhi scion ‘Namdaar’, PM Modi said that the Congress President is ‘Namdaar’ so how would he know about the efforts of ‘Kaamdaars’. While addressing his second rally in Udupi, PM Modi again lashed out at Congress leaders and President Rahul Gandhi for insulting JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda. Prime Minister further said that his party was talking about enhancing Ease of Doing Business in the country, but this grand old Congress party believes in ‘Ease of Doing Murder’. He accused Congress of promoting intolerance and violence. PM Modi, in the third election rally of the day in the state, urged people to disband the party. He claimed the “power hungry” Congress was on the backfoot in the state and was spreading lies to win the elections.
Prime Minister launched his blitzkrieg campaign today. He will be addressing a total of 15 rallies in five days in the state. (Also read: Karnataka Polls: PM Modi, CM Siddaramaiah Spar Over 2+1 Formula)
Here are top takeaways from the Prime Minister’s speech:
1. PM Modi praised Bharatiya Janata Party and asserted that his party is focusing on the pride and development of the state.
2. Prime Minister Modi assured voters that his government will leave no stone unturned in fulfilling aspirations of people of Karnataka.
3. Talking about his government’s Jan Dhan Yojna, he said that over 31 crores accounts have been opened under the scheme.
4. Lauding government’s Mudra Yojna, PM said that his government strengthened the ‘Yuva Shakti’ which is churning out entrepreneurs.
5. Modi said that Karnataka farmers were benefiting from the various initiatives of the Central Government. He added that his government wants a Swachh, Sundar, and Surakshit Karnataka.
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018:
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 and the results will be declared three days later on May 15, the Election Commission announced on March 27. The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP’s 43.
The major national parties contesting the elections are Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal and Janata Dal (Secular). Apart from that, several regional parties like Coorg National Council, Kannad Chalavali Vatal Paksha, Karnataka Congress Party, Karnataka Kranti Ranga and Karnataka Vikas Party are influential among their respective castes.