Fight erupts over Modi's increased rally count in Karnataka

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The Congress chief said the Prime Minister's words should carry weight and rued that Modi neither cared to deliver on his promises, nor answered questions about accountability.

Speaking at a rally in Bengaluru, Modi said the Congress was a "gold medallist" in corruption and the JD (S) had struck a pact with fundamentalist communal outfits posing a threat to national security, thus making BJP the only option to provide a "development-oriented government". "This must be the most fanciful and imaginative explanation to close an FIR ever given by any investigating agency in the world", he said. And then in 2019, India is clearly going to state to Mr Narendra Modi - Mr Modi you promised us three things and all you have given us is a lot of talk. Congress government turned it into "steal bridge". "I will fight them, I will defeat them", he says in an interview to the newspaper Deccan Herald.

"We feel that Gowda would go with us rather than a Siddaramaiah-led Congress", a BJP leader observed. "But it is shocking to see a sleeping chief minister and a sleeping government".

"The Congress is seeking votes of Dalits". Adityanath is expected to address four rallies in the state today.

Referring to the rape and murder case of a 19-year-old woman in Bidar, Modi said: "Where are those who held candle marches in Delhi?"

Modi, who is on a whirlwind tour of Karnataka in a late push to sway votes ahead of elections, also spoke at rallies in Kalaburgi in North Karnataka and Kengeri in Bengaluru on Thursday.

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"The Karnataka BJP has made false, baseless, unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations using cutouts, shadow images and likeness of Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah being fully aware that the Model Code was in force", it added.

"He can not speak of education, healthcare or developmental issues because the state's Congress government has performed excellently on all fronts".

Dubbing the BJP as "anti-Karnataka", Gandhi claimed the Modi government had purchased the Rafale fighter planes at an escalated cost, and deprived Bengaluru-based HAL of revenue by cancelling an earlier contract.

The Prime Minister said the Centre had brought out a new mining policy whereby 33 per cent of revenue would be reserved for the local area.

BJP, under the leadership of former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, is eyeing on to return to power.

Gandhi also charged Modi with imposing demonetisation on the common man, while allowing fraudsters like Nirav Modi, the main accused in the PNB scam, to flee the country.

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