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Not A BJP Wave In Karnataka But A BJP Storm, Says PM Modi In Mysuru

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| May 1 , 2018 , 13:22 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday kick-started the BJP's campaign for the Karnataka assembly elections with public rallies in Mysuru, Udupi and Belagavi, and is scheduled to address a total of 15 rallies in 5 days in the poll-bound state.

Apart from PM Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah, other BJP party campaigners include Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad, and BJP CMs Yogi Adityanath and Devendra Fadnavis.

The Karnataka BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yedurappa began the rally in Mysuru, before PM Modi took the stage.

"Some people say that BJP will ally with JDS, I want to clarify that we will form the government on our own," said BS Yedurappa.

"Congress will not win more than 50 seats, there is a wave of BJP in the state, we will win more than 150 seats, JDS will not win more than 25 seats," he said.

Taking the podium, PM Modi addressed the rally, saying that a BJP storm was in Karnataka.

"There is not a BJP wave in Karnataka but it is a BJP storm," said PM Modi.

"BS Yeddyurappa is the hope of the people of Karnataka and he is going to be the next chief minister of the state," he said.

"I want to dedicate the historical achievement of the country on 28 April, when all villages in India were electrified, to the workers and labourers of the country on this Labour day," PM Modi said in Mysuru.

"In 2005, Manmohan Singh had said he will provide electricity to every village by 2009. What happened to that? In any case, we saw how the Congress treated Dr. Manmohan Singh. They tore off ordinances and disrespected him," he said.

"He (Rahul Gandhi) had challenged me that if he speaks for 15 minutes then I will not be able to stand in front of him. Yes, you are right, you are a 'naamdar', what right do we 'kaamdaars' have to even sit in front of you," said PM Modi.

"Before questioning us Rahul Gandhi should know that in 2005 Manmohan Singh had said that all villages will be electrified by 2009, and the same thing was said by Sonia Gandhi ji and you(Rahul ) mock the labourers and workers who made this (electrification) possible," he said.

"I challenge you (Rahul Gandhi) to speak for 15 minutes on the achievements of your government in Karnataka without reading from any piece of paper. You can speak in Hindi, English or your mother tongue," said PM Modi, mocking Congress President Rahul Gandhi's Italian heritage.

"There is 2+1 formula which is being practiced in Karnataka, it is a version of the Congress's family politics in Karnataka. If CM has a 2+1 formula then Ministers have 1+1 formula. Relatives of Ministers are fighting polls. This is hurting the workers of the Congress," said the PM.

"In Karnataka there is no law, there is no order. The Lokayukta is not safe, how can the common people be safe," questioned PM Modi in Karnataka.