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We Have Seen Karnataka Being Ruined For 5 Years, Will No Longer Allow It: PM Modi In Kalaburagi

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| May 3 , 2018 , 14:03 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his campaigning in Karnataka on Thursday addressing a rally in Gulbarga district's Kalaburagi ahead of the high-stakes state elections on May 12. PM Modi began the campaigning in Karnataka on Tuesday and is expected to address a total of 15 rallies in the poll-bound state.

In PM Modi's rally address, he once again slammed the Congress party and blamed the current Congress government for 'ruining' Karnataka.

"We have seen the state being ruined for five years and we will no longer allow the state to be ruined further. People are seeing that in all corners of India the Congress is being rejected," said PM Modi.

"This election is not only for changing the Congress govt. but for changing the fate of youth, women and farmers of Karnataka. Do not assume this is only about electing MLAs, it is much more than that. When you go out to vote on 12 May, keep the better future of Karnataka in mind and vote for BJP," he said.

"Kalaburagi is known for 'Dal' cultivation. Our farmers are working hard here and availing of the benefits of the central government schemes. However, the Karnataka government is insensitive towards the condition of farmers," he said.

"It is our government that has made important decisions of MSP. Congress sat over Swaminathan Commission recommendation to increase MSP for farmers. It's not expected of them to accept this sin but they can at least keep quiet, when our govt has approved its implementation," said PM Modi.

"In B.S. Yeddyurappa we have a leader who is devoted to the welfare of farmers. For him, farmer welfare is a top priority," said the PM, referring to BJP's chief ministerial candidate.

"Karnataka has a rich history of valour with immortal names like Field Marshall Cariappa and General Thimayya. But, how Congress governments treated them is well recorded in history. In 1948 after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by PM Nehru and then RM Krishna Menon," Modi said.

"From insulting Field Marshall Cariappa and General Thimayya to calling our Army Chief a 'Sadak ka goonda' right after surgical strikes, they have consistently shown their disdain for our brave heroes," he said.

"Congress has no respect for the sacrifices of our soldiers. When our soldiers did surgical strikes, the shameless Congress party questioned the strikes. All they kept asking for proof," PM Modi said, referring to the 'surgical strikes' of 2016 after the Uri attack.

"Congress would rather prefer our soldiers go with cameras and not guns! (on Surgical Strikes) But then, this is expected considering how their own senior leader behaved on stage when 'Vande Mataram' was being sung," said the PM.

"During last elections, Congress promised they will make Mallikarjun Kharge Ji the Chief Minister. They misled the Dalit community. This is typically how Congress plays politics," said PM Modi.

Apart from the PM, BJP national president Amit Shah will be addressing 30 rallies and star campaigner Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be addressing 20 rallies in poll-bound Karnataka. Congress President Rahul Gandhi is also visiting Karnataka on Thursday for the 8th time this year.