Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his campaign blitz in Karnataka on Tuesday morning. He addressed a rally in Chamarajanagar along with BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.
The Prime Minister hailed Yeddyurappa as the next chief minister of the state.
Prime Minister Modi also took the opportunity to hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
He dared Gandhi “to speak in any language” for 15 minutes about the achievements of the Siddaramaiah government without reading out from piece of paper.
Hitting out at the Congress president, Modi also said those currently leading the party had “no understanding” of history and the country’s legacy.
Modi was responding to Rahul Gandhi’s dare to him to allow him to speak for 15 minutes in Parliament on various issues, including corruption, and that the prime minister will not be able to sit for 15 minutes.
“His speaking for 15 minutes will itself is a big thing. And when I hear that I would not be able to sit, I think…wow, what a scene it is? Congress president, Sir, we cannot sit before you. You are ‘naamdar’ (famous), while I am ‘kaamdar’ (ordinary worker). We have no status to sit in front of you,” he said.
The Prime Minister also accused the state’s Congress government, which he claimed was steeped in corruption, of thwarting the Centre’s efforts for development.
Addressing the first of the 15 election rallies in the state, Modi claimed, “A storm and not a simple wave” was blowing in the BJP’s favour in the state.
Greeting the workers on the occasion of “May Day”, Modi also took a dig at Gandhi for not acknowledging the contribution of workers towards 100 per cent electrification of villages achieved under his government.
“April 28th is a day that will be written in golden” letters in country’s history, because our hardworking people” made electricity reach the last unelectrified village Leisang in Manipur.
“But the new leader of the Congress did not utter two words of praise for the workers who made it possible,” Modi said.
Congress leader and Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, reacting to the PM’s campaign said he did not have any personal enmity with the PM and has no objection to him coming to the state.
The CM also claimed that the PM’s rallies will not have any impact on the election results. He also said that the BJP does not have any moral right to talk about corruption as for the last four years there has been no appointment of the Lokpal.
(With inputs from PTI)