PM Modi rakes up surgical strike, says 'Cong disrespected soldiers'

Gandhi, addressing a "Jana Aashirwada Yatre" here, was referring to Modi's remarks of May 1 challenging the former to talk about the Congress government's achievements in Karnataka without a paper in hand.

PM also hit out at congress for indulging in vote bank politics by influencing dalits and tribals.

Modi's craftsmanship was evident in the way he sought to turn the table on Congress by his own version of Kannada pride - a tactic that Siddaramaiah has sought to use against BJP by flagging imposition of Hindi and campaigning for the state's "own flag". This has hassled the Congress and all those opposed to us and those who call us a Bania and Brahmin party because an OBC tea seller became the PM and a Dalit man the President, " Modi said amid loud cheers from the packed ground.

Modi tied it up with Congress's scepticism over surgical strikes and charged it with dishonouring the armed forces and disrespecting their valour by badmouthing the army. They are scheduled to address a number of rallies today in the state.

Siddaramaiah replied immediately on Twitter and asked why the PM was blaming the state government when mining policy was being decided by the centre. The Congress rushed to suggest that the Prime Minister "brush up on his knowledge of history", but the party did not get it entirely right either. Adding further, he also mentioned how Congress used to term BJP as "Mahila Virodhi" but now the Defence Minister was a woman representing Karnataka itself in the Parliament.

Youth Congress block president Vishwas Kumar said, "This constituency is in the forefront of development because people elected J R Lobo as their elected representative in the last election. They neglected General (K M) Cariappa", Modi said. "Modi did not respond to questions on waiver of farm loans but wrote off around Rs 2.5 lakh crore of corporate loans borrowed by 15 richest businessmen". He highlighted how the NDA Government made important decisions of MSP but the Congress only ensured the Swaminathan Committee report was not used. By recommending to grant religious minority status to Lingayats, he has sought to divide the powerful Lingayat section of the Karnataka society that constitutes nearly 17 percent of the total population - a big vote bank.

In the line of Congress fire over the BJP granting party tickets to Reddy brothers, accused of involvement in a big illegal iron ore mining scam, the prime minister hit back. I would tell about Modi's character....he launches a personal attack on a person.

"I had asked a couple of questions". "The people of Karnataka are not paying any attention to Modi's attacks or words".

"By portraying Ballari in poor light, Congress party has maligned these great sons of soil", he said. "All they kept asking for proof", he said.

Engaging the over-enthusiastic crowd, Modi made them thrice chant: "Ballari ka vikas hoga, Karnataka ka vikas hoga".

  • Leroy Wright