PM Modi says countdown begins for Congress government's exit in Karnataka; stays mum on Mahadayi issue

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Congress party is standing at the exit gate in Karnataka and that the state doesn't need a 'Congress culture' since the party has caused destruction.​

Published: 04th February 2018 06:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2018 09:59 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the completion of Parivartan Yatra rally in Bengaluru on Sunday. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Congress party is standing at the exit gate in Karnataka and that the state doesn't need a 'Congress culture' since the party has caused destruction there.

The Prime Minister was addressing a crowd at Palace Grounds while visiting the poll-bound state.

The Prime Minister, who slammed the Siddaramaiah government, did not touch upon the burning issue of Mahadayi river water dispute.

Nagaraj, a Karnataka activist was detained for observing black day, demanding a central government intervention in Mahadayi issue.

The day also marked the end of a 90-day rally, 'Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana Yatre' (Journey to build a new Karnataka) by the Bhartiya Janata Party. The rally was flagged off by Amit Shah on 2 November 2017.

The rally at the sprawling Palace Grounds marked the culmination of the state BJP's 85-day "Parivarthana Yatra" that crisscrossed all 224 assembly constituencies and virtually sounded the bugle for the coming Assembly polls in the state, due early this year.

The BJP has set a 150-plus seat mission. Karnataka is expecting assembly elections in April-May 2018.

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Asserting that there was a "saffron wave" in the state, Modi said the people of Karnataka had decided to make the state Congress free and to get rid of Congress culture.

"Congress government is a 10 per cent government, where no work happens without paying a commission of 10 per cent. It is a matter of  shame if this becomes the identity of a government," he said.

Charging the state with setting new records in corruption, Modi said "Congress free government means freedom from dynastic rule, nepotism, corruption and loot."

He also referred to the IT raids at the residences of two state ministers and that a raid on a senior Congress leader revealed Benami property and said, "there are 'Steel Mafia', sand mafia and transfer mafia' in the state."

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The Prime Minister said some people hatched a conspiracy to pocket crores of Rupees in the name of building a steel bridge.

"Due to public outrage and BJP's protest, the project was dropped," Modi said.

He was referring to a steel bridge project in the city at a major traffic junction, which was scrapped after public protest.

Referring to a spate of killings of activists of BJP and the Sangh Parivar, he said a number of workers associated with BJP and its affiliated organisations have been killed.

"It is an assault on the social fabric. I appeal to the people of Karnataka to vote against the government which attacks the social fabric of the state.

"I am seeing that Karnataka has decided to free the state from Congress. To free from Congress' culture, from society, from public life, from politics."

The Congress had "ruined" the society, culture and politics, he said, adding, "I can see that the BJP government in Karnataka is not far away."

While referring to the law and order situation, Modi said on the one hand, the BJP at the Centre was trying to take India forward, while on the other, in Karnataka "there is such a government that there is a reverse flow."

He said criminals are ruling the roost in Bengaluru. "In Bengaluru also criminal elements have caused worry  to the common man. You might have felt this."

Modi said "in the whole world there is discussion about ease of doing business and there are efforts in that direction. Our government is making efforts for the ease of doing business and talking about ease of living."

"But with the Congress government in Karnataka, here there are discussions regarding ease of doing murders."

He said the BJP government would take the state in the direction of progress with the moto "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas".

The "Parivarthana Yatra" was launched by BJP President Amit Shah on November 2 last year.

According to party leaders, the "Yatra' has traversed over 15,000 km during its journey, aimed at "exposing misdeeds" of the Siddaramaiah government.

Elaborate police security arrangements were made in view of the rally. City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said more than 1,000 police personnel have been deployed.

“Additional Commissioner of Police (West) B K Singh will supervise the security. Besides, three DCPs, 21 inspectors, other officials and the Garuda special force will also be deployed.

(With inputs from Online Desk)

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