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The Longer Congress Govt Stays In Power, The Longer They Will Degrade Karnataka: Modi

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| February 19 , 2018 , 18:25 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his 2-day visit to the poll bound state of Karnataka. The PM participated in various public functions on Monday. 

He took part in Bahubali Mahamastakabhishek celebration at Shravanabelagola in Hassan district.

Shravanabelagola is a prominent pilgrimage of Jain dharma.The Vidhyagiri Hill here has an imposing 58-foot idol of Bhagwan Bahubali who is also known as Gomateshwar. Bahubali is the son of the first Tirthankar Vrishabhnath or Adinath.

PM also laid the foundation stone for a new Bahubali General hospital.

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Addressing the gathering, Modi said that saints and seers from India have always served society and made a positive difference.

“The strength of our society is that we have always changed with the times and adapted well to new contexts," he added.

Modi flagged off Humsafar express train from Mysuru to Udaipur in Rajasthan and 140 km long fully electrified Bengaluru-Mysuru rail track in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah.

In the evening, he addressed a party rally at the Maharaja Grounds in the city centre. The rally was attended by people from all five districts comprising the Old Mysuru region – Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar.

While addressing the rally PM said, "BJP government wants to take the state forward, Congress government throughout country works as a bump and hinders the speed of development. For BJP Government the 125 crore people are its family." 

Modi slammed Congress by saying, "Post-independence your party had ruled for 70-80% of the time. You are demanding things & facilities today. If you really feel about those things why didn't you do something when you were in power for 50 years."

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Modi talked about Housing for all, He said, "The government aims Housing for all by 2025. But Karnataka government is not working even after we are sending funds from the centre. The Karnataka government is derailing the projects.

Modi further said As long as there is Congress government in Karnataka, the state cannot progress. Congress is taking the state towards destruction. He said, "The longer Congress government stays in power, the longer they will degrade Karnataka."

It is Modi’s second visit to the southern state in a fortnight. He had paid a three-hour visit to Bengaluru on February 4 to address a BJP rally marking the culmination of the 90-day “Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana Yatre” (journey to build a new Karnataka). 

BJP chief Amit Shah will be on a three-day tour of poll-bound Karnataka from today during which he will attend a number of events and hold public meetings.

Elections in Karnataka have not been announced yet and are expected to be held between April-May.