Switching over to “election mode", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday kickstarted his party BJP's poll campaign for the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly election 2018.
Modi, while addressing a rally in Santhemarahalli town of Chamarajanagar district, attacked "Naamdar" Congress president Rahul Gandhi and dared him to speak unprompted for 15 minutes on his party's achievements in Karnataka.
“Congress President has challenged me, if he speaks for 15 minutes in Parliament Modi will not be able to sit. 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,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister, rejecting the pre-poll surveys giving the Congress lead in Karnataka polls, claimed that a massive BJP storm will sweep the state Assembly elections.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister will address a rally each in Udupi in coastal Karnataka and Chikkodi in north Karnataka. He will address as many as 15 rallies in the southern part of the state over the next five days.
Ahead of the visit, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah fired “welcome” salvo at Modi and asked him to address concerns of the Kannadigas and not give "Jumlas".
Siddaramaiah asked Modi to clear if BS Yeddyurappa was still the BJP's chief ministerial candidate and whether he will be joined by "scam tainted" Reddy brothers during his rallies.
“You first make scam-tainted BS Yeddyurappa your party’s CM face in Karnataka. Then media reports that you don’t want to be seen sharing the stage with him at rallies! Karnataka wants to know if Yeddyurappa is still your CM candidate,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
The Assembly elections in the southern state will be held on May 12 and the results will be declared on May 15.
Here are the LIVE Updates on PM Modi election rallies in Karnataka:
# 07:25 PM: Violence has no place in democracy. However, in the last two years scores of BJP karyakartas have been murdered because they believed in a different ideology: Narendra Modi.
Violence has no place in democracy. However, in the last two years scores of BJP karyakartas have been murdered because they believed in a different ideology: PM Modi #NammaModi pic.twitter.com/iYbToprqpP— BJP (@BJP4India) May 1, 2018
# 07:22 PM: In Karnataka, where Lokayukta can be attacked, the common man cannot be safe. As a deterrent against the monstrous attitude towards women, we have passed an ordinance for hanging the rapists. And if we take decisions, we ensure its implementation.
# 07:00 PM: I urge people of Karnataka to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi ji's wish of disbanding the Congress party. Now, its Karnataka's turn and you should grab this opportunity: Modi
# 06:52 PM: Congress fears loss in elections and that is why its leaders are spreading lies and creating the atmosphere of fear, says Modi during his election rally in Karnataka.
# 06: 49 PM: Farmer welfare is a priority for us. We brought the soil health cards, ensured MSP at 1.5 times of input cost, implemented the Fasal Bima Yojana, says Modi
# 06:47 PM: We want our farmers to become prosperous. That is why we ensured neem coating of urea. This significantly helped the farmers and stopped black marketing of urea: Modi
We want our farmers to become prosperous. That is why we ensured neem coating of urea. This significantly helped the farmers and stopped black marketing of urea : PM @narendramodi #NammaModi pic.twitter.com/zGvRHfdmCR— BJP (@BJP4India) May 1, 2018
# 06:46 PM: Siddaramaiah government did nothing for the farmers in Karnataka. Why did they not ensure proper irrigation facilities to the farmers: PM Narendra Modi
# 6:40 PM: Congress is jealous because it was our government that got the majority and a person for humble background became the Prime Minister: Modi.
# 06:36 PM: Congress can not live without power. That is why they are spreading lies, dividing people on the grounds of caste: PM Modi
# 06:33 PM: Congress never respected Baba Saheb Ambedkar. They never accepted Baba Saheb's views: PM Modi
# 06:22 PM: PM Narendra Modi addresses public meeting in Belagavi, Karnataka.
# 05:53 PM: On the one hand, we are working towards 'ease of doing business' in the country and on the other hand, Congress is busy in enhancing 'ease of doing murder' in Karnataka: PM Modi.
# 03:45 PM: Congress leaders and Congress President's disrespect towards Shri Deve Gowda ji is not acceptable. If such is their mindset, how can they think good for people of Karnataka: PM
#03:40 PM: We are talking about enhancing 'Ease of Doing Business' in the country, but Congress believes in 'Ease of Doing Murder'. This is the culture they have developed: PM Modi
#03:35 PM: Violence can not be accepted in a democracy. It is shameful how BJP Karyakartas were murdered in Karnataka. The Congress must answer on increasing crimes: Modi
Violence can not be accepted in a democracy. It is shameful how BJP Karyakartas were murdered in Karnataka. The Congress must answer on increasing crimes : PM @narendramodi #NammaModi pic.twitter.com/QEU3FAT3fX— BJP (@BJP4India) May 1, 2018
#03:30 PM: "We opened bank accounts for the poor. Over 31 crores accounts have been opened under Jan Dhan Yojana. If the Congress had ensured their bank accounts, the poor would have contributed so much to the economy," Modi said in Udupi.
# 03:25 PM: Modi has started speaking again and he is pulling no punches back: People of Karnataka have decided to punish the Congress in the assembly elections. We will leave no stone unturned to fulfill aspirations of people of Karnataka and ensure all-round development of the state.
# 03:05 PM: Prime Minister Modi will adress his second rally of the day in Udupi in coastal Karnataka shortly.
# 12: 40 PM: In Karnataka there is no law, there is no order. The Lokayukta is not safe, how can the common people be safe: PM Modi
# 12:35 PM: 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 (Italian) : PM Modi
# 12:30 PM: Congress President has challenged me, if he speaks for 15 minutes in Parliament Modi will not be able to sit. He is correct, there is no way ordinary people like me, who do not even dress well, can sit with such high and mighty people like the Congress President : PM
# 12:25 PM: Meanwhile Congress has hit back at Modi: Despite frequent shifting of goalposts & name-changing games, the Modi Govt's rural electrification schemes could only electrify 4,842 per year as against UPA's massive record of 12,030 villages on an average. Modi Govt's tall claims are, as usual, a bunch of lies, Congress tweeted.
Despite frequent shifting of goalposts & name-changing games, the Modi Govt's rural electrification schemes could only electrify 4,842 per year as against UPA's massive record of 12,030 villages on an average. Modi Govt's tall claims are, as usual, a bunch of lies. #EkAurJhoot pic.twitter.com/MS8T7JbhRb— Congress (@INCIndia) May 1, 2018
# 12:24 PM: Those who keep abusing us day and night do not tell why there are still 4 crore households without electricity. We have vowed to electrify these 4 crore households through ‘Saubhagya Yojana’ : PM Modi
# 12:21 PM: In 2005, during the time of Smt. Sonia Gandhi's government, Dr. 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: PM Modi
# 12:20 PM: Perhaps due to over excitement, the newly elected Congress President forgets decency. He did not even bother to congratulate the hardworking 'Mazdoors' due to whom India's villages are getting electricity: PM
# 12:15 PM: 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
# 12:10 PM: Shri BS Yeddyurappa is the hope of the people of Karnataka and he is going to be the future Chief Minister of the state: Modi
# 12:08 PM: Before I came here, I was told there is a 'wave' for the BJP. Now that I am here, I can tell you - it is much more than that. There is not a BJP wave in Karnataka but it is a BJP storm: Modi
# 12:05 PM: LIVE Streaming: PM Modi addresses public meeting at Santhemarahalli in Karnataka.
# 12:00 PM: Congress has asked PM Modi to answer three questions in his 3 rallies: 1. Why did he allocate only Rs 1435.95 Cr for drought relief when demand was 15000Cr? 2. Why did he not waive off single rupee of farmer loan? 3. Why did he snatch Rs36000Cr worth tech transfer from HAL?
# 11:55 AM: Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah has launched a fresh attack on Modi: What moral right does BJP have to talk about corruption? For last 4 years, the Central Government has not appointed a Lokpal. When he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi never appointed Lokayukta. t is a democracy, we have no personal enmity with the PM. We have no objection to him coming here (Karnataka), but it is not going to have any impact.
It is a democracy, we have no personal enmity with the PM. We have no objection to him coming here (Karnataka), but it is not going to have any impact: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/6Vz8Kjtekh— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2018
#11:50 AM: 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: BS Yeddyurappa
# 11:45 AM: Some people say that BJP will ally with JDS, I want to clarify that we will form the government on our own: BS Yedurappa
Some people say that BJP will ally with JDS, I want to clarify that we will form the government on our own: BS Yedurappa, BJP at public rally in Mysuru #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/n7uuMGG9Vm— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2018
# 11:35 AM: The rally has started. BJP's CM candidate Yeddyurappa is addressing the crowd.
# 11: 30 AM: PM Modi has arrived in Santhemarahalli and will shortly address a rally to officially kick start the election campaign for his party. The Prime Minister was being accompanied by state BJP President and CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa.
# 09:40 AM: Siddaramaiah fires “welcome” salvo at PM Modi: Dear Narendra Modi, Heard you are visiting Namma Karnataka tomorrow. We welcome you to our state.While you are here, we Kannadigas would like you to address the following concerns, he tweeted.
#09:39 AM: Stop giving us lecture on corruption: Would G Janardhan Reddy be joining your rallies here? You have given his family & friends 8 tickets, hoping it will help BJP in 10-15 seats. And then, you lecture us on corruption. Please end this hypocrisy. Kannadigas aren’t wearing Kamala on their ears, Siddaramaiah said.
#09:35 AM: BJP politicising rapes: "In Karnataka, you give tickets to rape accused & MLAs who watched porn in Assembly. In UP, CM Adityanath protects a BJP MLA who raped a 16 Yr old girl. In J&K, your MLAs defend rapists of a child. And then your party makes bombastic Ads to politicise rape in Karnataka?!," he went full throttle.
#09:34 AM: Is Yeddyurappa still BJP's CM face: You first make scam tainted @BSYBJP your party’s CM face in Karnataka. Then media reports that you don’t want to be seen sharing the stage with him at rallies! Karnataka wants to know if Yeddyurappa is still your CM candidate?, the Chief Minister said.
#09:33 AM: Modi's promises mere 'jumlas': First, you promised 15L to ppl, then Shah called it an election Jumla. You promised jobs, but then advised youth to sell pakodas. You said demonetisation would end black money, but it only brought misery to common ppl. And then you come here and call real development a lollipop?
#09:30 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live Updates. PM Modi has switched to the 'election mode' and will visit Karnataka to kick start the BJP campaign for the forthcoming assembly elections on Today. He will address three back-to-back rallies to take on the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government. As Modi addresses Kannadigas, we bring you all the live udpates of his rallies.