PM Modi's hectic campaign for K'taka polls

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah gestures while addressing a gathering during the inauguration of a 2000-megawatt solar power park

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah gestures while addressing a gathering during the inauguration of a 2000-megawatt solar power park

Countering the southern state's Chief Minister, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who also took part in the conclave through video conferencing, said there is a wave of change in Karnataka and that the BJP is committed to building Bengaluru a centre of innovation.

He tweeted: "Later this evening, I look forward to speaking at a rally in the magnificent city of Mangaluru".

He pointed out the case of a senior Minister whose declared wealth had increased to over Rs 800 crore in the current election from Rs 75 crores declared in 2008. He said, "People of Karnataka need to know the tacit alliance between Congress and JD (S)".

President Amit Shah on Friday said winning the May 12 Karnataka Assembly election is very important as it is the party's "doorway" to south India. "I hold the door open for Gowda when he visits me, I escort him to the vehicle door when he leaves".

What he said caused a flutter in political circles, with many wondering whether it implied a post-poll link up in the event of a hung assembly. During his speech, PM Modi attacked Congress saying the party liked to mislead people in the name of the Dalit community.

"Poll surveys, political pundits...everyone is saying the JD (S) can not defeat Congress. If they can not do welfare, then they should be bid farewell". Mr Gowda had at the time reportedly promised Mr Siddaramaiah, who was the Chief Ministerial candidate and state unit president of the JD (S), that he would persuade UPA chairperson, Mrs Sonia Gandh to let him head the coalition as the mandate was against the Congress. "They pretend to fight but in Bengaluru, the JD (S) supported a Congress mayor".




He added, "Why are you hiding this?"

Shah claimed that the Congress came to power to enjoy while the BJP formed governments to serve the people.

So why is Gowda suddenly important and how did he respond to PM Modi's comments?

The Prime Minister said he respected Gowda even as he was his staunch opponent. His main aim is to bring to light how the current Prime Minister of India has failed to keep the promises he had made to the public during his elections.

Addressing the mammoth crowd, the PM said that the Congress neglected farmers in the last seven decades.

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