Mysuru: Greeted by a 50, 000 electrified crowd roaring “Modi!” at his election rally in Mysuru on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared in his element, maintaining that the scene before him sent a clear message that “phir ek baar Modi sarkar.”
Addressing the rally at the Maharaja's College grounds as part of his campaign for the BJP in the state, he said, “I have come to Mysuru several times, but never seen such a huge crowd. Those sitting in their AC rooms in Delhi must come and see this. It has sent a clear message that there will be a Modi government again at the Centre. There is a wave. I am seeing this all over the entire country. Your love will leave them (Congress) sleepless.”
Mr Modi, who began his speech in Kannada saying, "Mysuru, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Mandya, Hassan jillegala aadaraneeya naagareeka bandhugale, ellarigu nimma chowkidaar Narendra Modiya namaskaragalu,” went on to list his government's acheivements.
“Over three crore farmers have already received the first round of benefits under the Prime Minister's Kisan scheme. But the Karnataka government is anti- farmer as it has failed to give the list of state's farmers to the Union government so far,” he charged.
As for the coalition politics in Karnataka, he said, “Wo nanga naach kar rahe hai. The model here is family, corruption and blackmail politics, which has made Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy a punching bag. Mr Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Wayanad in Kerala instead of Karnataka as he fears Mr H D Deve Gowda may take his revenge on Ms Sonia Gandhi for removing him as Prime Minister and work to defeat him here."
Mr Modi promised that with improvement in its air, rail and road connectivity with a ten- lane highway between Bengluru and the city, Mysuru will see faster development. "In our manifesto, we have resolved that we will further strengthen the security and army of the nation. We have resolved that by 2030 India will be among the top three economies in the world. We have resolved that what the Congress could not do it in the past 50 years,we will do it in the next five years, and new India will have modern infrastructure. We will ensure there are metro rails in 50 cities, and there are double the number of airports and doctors and entrepreneurs will get a Rs 50 lakh loan without guarantee," he said.
He did not forget to campaign for independent candidate in Mandya, Ms Sumalatha Ambareesh, saying, " The contribution of Mr Ambareesh and Ms Sumalatha to the Kannada language and culture of Karnataka should be remembered," and concluded with, "Mai bhi, halli halliyalli, thaayi akka thangi.. ellaru chowkidar." (I and everyone in every village are all chowkidars."
State BJP chief, B S Yeddyurappa claimed the Congress, JD(S) coalition was a "broken house" and declared his party would win 300 seats in the country, including 22 in the state.
Former Chief Minister, S M Krishna said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a scam- free administration and lauded his government's many programmes, including demonetisation and the latest surgical strike against a terror camp in Pakistan. He called on people to ensure the election of the highest number of BJP MPs from the state to see that Mr Modi became Prime Minister again.
Senior BJP leader, V Srinivasprasad also took a dig at the conflict between the Congress and BJP workers in Tumakuru, Mandya and Hassan, saying, "You call this an election against the BJP but are they (Congress and JDS) united?" Sitting Mysuru-Kodagu MP, Pratap Simha spoke.
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