Two weeks ahead of Karnataka assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed all leaders, candidates and party workers associated with Karnataka BJP on Thursday morning.
In the online interaction, the Prime Minister told party workers that development was the only agenda for the party in the upcoming polls.
“Our agenda is vikas (development), vikas, vikas,” said the Prime Minister.
“BJP has a three-pronged agenda for Karnataka development, fast paced development, all round development,” he added.
He also accused the state’s Congress government of stalling its progress by playing caste politics ahead of elections.
“When elections come, they offer lollipops to a caste group so they get busy with it. But the BJP’s priority is politics of development,” said the Prime Minister without naming the Lingayats.
The Congress government led by chief minister Siddaramaiah recently recommended religious minority status for the Lingayat and its sub-group Veershaiva Lingayat community. The move was widely seen as an attempt to divide the Lingayats, the bedrock of the BJP’s voter base in the state.
The Prime Minister also urged the voters to elect a BJP government with absolute majority to give a fillip to development.
(With inputs from PTI)