PM Modi, Rahul intensify outreach as K’taka campaign enters final phase

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded during a public rally ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections 2018  in Bengaluru. PTI

Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded during a public rally ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 in Bengaluru.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on the Congress party and its top leadership as he addressed a mega rallies in poll-bound Karnataka on Wednesday. He addressed his first rally in Bangarpet this morning, followed by one in Chikmaglur on a packed day. He will also address rallies in Belagavi and Bidar. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also took out a big road show in Bengaluru.

The battle for power in poll-bound Karnataka is in its final phase with both the BJP and Congress leaving no stones unturned to woo the voters. 48 hours are left for campaigning to draw to an end in the state.

Launching a broadside against the state’s ruling party, the Prime Minister said it is now Karnataka’s turn to say goodbye to Congress.

“Congress culture, communalism, casteism, crime, corruption and contract system were the six Cs destroying Karnataka’s future,” Modi added at the rally in Bangarpet.

During Manmohan Singh’s tenure as prime minister, he said, the remote control was with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. However, in the four years of the Modi government, the remote control has been with the people, the prime minister added.

Bengaluru: AICC President Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters during a road show ahead of the Karnataka Assembly election in Bengaluru, May 9, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: AICC President Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters during a road show ahead of the Karnataka Assembly election in Bengaluru, May 9, 2018.
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Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took on the BJP saying they have lot to answer on the issue of corruption.

“In Karnataka, when it comes to corruption, it’s a “No Contest” as this graphic shows. The BJP wins hands down!,” he tweeted, along with two sets of graphics.

The graphics claimed that the Congress was the “top job creator” in the country, the Anna Bhagya scheme of the party’s government in Karnataka was feeding four crore people, the Ramthal Marol, Asia’s largest drip irrigation project, and the world’s largest solar power park were built by the party and that it had also waived the loans of 22 lakh farmers, amounting to Rs 8,165 crore, in the southern state.

Gandhi also claimed that while the Congress had given loans worth Rs 12,000 crore to farmers and completed 42.3 kms of “Namma Metro”, the BJP had sanctioned farm loans worth Rs 6,560 crore and completed only 6.7 kms of the metro works.

But the war of words continued with Prime Minister referring to Rahul Gandhi’s yesterday remarks where he had said “yes… I will be PM in 2019 if Congress gets majority”.

“Rahul Gandhi feels PM’s chair is reserved for one family, says Modi at Chikamagalur rally, adding that from morning till evening, only thing Rahul Gandhi can think of is prime minister’s chair.

Attacking the Congress leadership further, Modi said “On bail in Herald case, mother and son have started attacking judiciary”.