"It is a matter of shame if this becomes the identity of a government", said Modi taking the example of the controversial steel flyover. He also alleged that the BJP-led government in Goa was acting like an "enemy country" while challenging Modi that if he wanted their votes, "he must speak for us". He added that Modi had stressed on the achievements of his own government and picked on the failures of the Siddaramaiah rule but said nothing on the five years of BJP rule in the state.
Backing his government, Siddaramaiah said, "Our state is still no. 1 in IT/BT".
Asserting that there was a "saffron wave" in the state, Modi said people of Karnataka had decided to make the state Congress free and to get rid of Congress culture. "But we get only 4.65% from the Centre", he said, asking the BJP to answer for this discrepancy.
Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal who are in-charge of the BJP poll campaign in Karnataka, Ananth Kumar, D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Ananthkumar Hegde who hail from the state, were also part of the event. We have launched "Operation Green" in the interest of these farmers.
However, Siddaramaiah distanced himself from a Congress leader Divya Spandana who had tweeted against PM Modi. As soon as the Governor's address to the joint legislature session was over, the Chief Minister addressed a press meet to counter numerous charges made by PM Modi. "When the UPA was in power at the Centre, Karnataka was allotted Rs 73,000 crore".
Ahead of the PM's rally, there was a twitter war between Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa.
He called upon people of Karnataka to elect a BJP government for speedier implementation of development programme. Former Minister V Sreenivasa Prasad used the platform to attack on his political rival Siddaramaiah.
The Union Budget's announcement of a suburban train network for Bengaluru could benefit almost 15 lakh passengers, the Prime Minister said.
State home minister R. Ramalinga Reddy rebutted Modi's allegations, saying only a few of the incidents the Prime Minister had mentioned were communal in nature.
Going beyond issues pertaining to Karnataka, Siddaramaiah has challenged Prime Minister Modi to act on issues plaguing the BJP at a national level. Karnataka indeed has scripted several firsts - No.1 Corrupt State, 3,500+ farmer suicides, collapse of law & order, mysterious deaths of officers, transfers of honest officials, crumbling infra of Bengaluru.
"The commendable work in Karnataka, the dignity of Karnataka and the dignity of the people living in Karnataka will be victorious, and the Prime Minister's intentions in Karnataka will be squashed", Tiwari said.
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