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"When the Congress was there in the centre, Karnataka was given Rs 73,000 crore. When the BJP came to power in the centre, we gave the state 2 lakh crore. It is an increase of 180 per cent. However, have you seen that money given to the state?" he said.
He also blamed the Congress for murders of volunteers of the BJP. "With the Congress government in the state, what makes the news is 'ease of doing murder'," he charged, pitting it against what he said was the BJP's focus of improving "ease of living" and ease of doing business.
The focus, he indicated, was also evident in the party's choice for the top job in the state -- BS Yeddyurappa, who headed the earlier BJP government in the state.
Karnataka is the only state in south India, where the BJP came to power once. The party is going all-out to wrest power from the Congress in the assembly election that will be held later this year. Mr Yeddyurappa led the statewide Parivartana Rally, whose culmination was being addressed by PM Modi at Palace Grounds in the heart of the city.
The ruling Congress has dismissed the possibility of the rally influencing the voters. Senior state Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao said, "It was more an yatra of lies and deceit than any parivartana (progress)... they had no agenda or material to attack us. So all they were doing is spreading lies and creating disturbance."
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