Karnataka Polls 2018: PM Modi challenges Rahul Gandhi to speak extempore for 15 minutes

Addressing the first of the 15 campaign meetings in Santhemarahalli, Modi attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi and accused Siddaramaiah government of being corrupt and non-performing.

Published: 01st May 2018 01:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st May 2018 06:49 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo | ANI Twitter)

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CHAMRAJNAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw an open challenge to Congress President Rahul Gandhi to speak extempore for 15 minutes in a language of his choice to present the development works done by the Congress government and pronounce Sir M Visveshwaraya 's name five times.

Referring to Rahul Gandhi's challenge that the Prime Minister will not sit if he speaks for fifteen minutes in Parliament.

"Forget speaking in Parliament let him speak for in any language and give accounts of Congress government in Karnataka. we can't sit in front of you with big names .Unlike him we are workers."

"Obviously, he has expected we are not to be on par with him," he quipped.

Turning his attention on continued dynasty politics in Congress, he hit out at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah  for his political innovation with 2+1 formula. The crowd cheered up when Modi referred to Siddaramaiah running between two constituencies from where he is contesting ( Chamundeshwar and
Badami)  leaving the previous constituency he represented to his son.

Prime  Minister Narendra Modi said that there is a strong storm brewing across the state in favor of BJP to dislodge the Congress Government.

Narendra Modi sharpened his attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi and said that the party continued dynasty politics with `2+1 ' and ` 1+1 ' formula that is practiced in Congress betraying their own party men.

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Addressing his first mammoth election rally  as part of the five days poll campaign in Lingayat strong hold Santhemarahalli in  Chamrajnagar district on Tuesday, Modi stuck to talking of  development and sharpened his attack on Rahul Gandhi than going behind Siddaramaiah as he has done in the previous

The Prime Minister thanked the workforce for accomplishing the Union Government's programmes for electrifying four thousand villages in hilly terrains of North Esat Manipur and other states including Karnataka, he announced that their next agenda is to provide free power to four crore households. What were these people in power for seventy years doing?, he asked Congress.

Recollecting that the previous Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh had announced in 2005 to provide power supply to all the villages in the country by 2009 which they failed to keep up.

He criticized UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for also not being able to achieve this target for the past ten years in office. "However, we have done this in three years and have also covered 37 villages in Karnataka state. But, the Congress did not congratulate the people who achieved this mission
electrifying all the villages."

Claiming that they (BJP) are workers and not who have big names and are seriously concerned about people both inside and outside the Parliament. Modi assured that Delhi will stand by the Karnataka government to put the state on development track and appealed to people to teach a lesson to ten per
cent corrupt government on May 12 as the country is looking at Karnataka.

"Karnataka known for its culture, polity and was a model state that has no law nor order and is not a safe  place," he said.

He also referred to Rs 6000 crore Bengaluru- Mysuru Express highway that will make reaching Chamrajnagar faster. He said that they have taken up five irrigation projects , would spent Rs 88000 cr on development works and assured to double the farmers income by the year 2002.

Modi takes Rajkumar names to establish local connect:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cheered up crowd addressing few verses in Kannada also thrilled the mammoth crowd when he took names of Kannada matinee idol Raj Kumar , G P Rajarathanam and paid his tributes to dominant Linagayat Suttur Mutt, Kanakagiri and Sallur Mutts. He also referred to folk characters Manteswamy, Mala Mahadeshwara, Biligiriranganatha, Chamrajaeshwara and Himad gopalaswamy temples.


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