PM Modi is scheduled to address three rallies in Karnataka today. (File)
The countdown to Karnataka assembly election 2018 - expected to see a close battle between the BJP and Congress - has begun and senior leaders from both the parties are headed to the poll-bound state for the final showdown before the polling day on May 12. To give a boost to the BJP election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off a five-day election campaign tour today. He is scheduled to address 15 rallies in different parts of the state.
On day 1, PM Modi addressed his first public meeting in Santhemarahalli in Chamarajanagar. He is scheduled to address two more rallies in Udupi and Belagavi. The BJP -- in a bid to form a government
again in Karnataka -- has scheduled over 60 rallies ahead of the election day, which will be addressed by several senior leaders including BJP National President Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, among others.
Here are the updates of PM Narendra Modi election rally in Karnataka:
"Congress government in Karnataka sheds the sand mafias. Those who loot cannot be be accepted to remain in power. They must go," PM Modi said.
Congress promotes intolerance and violence. There can be nothing worse than attack on Lokayukta. 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? Violence cannot exist in a democracy. It is shameful how BJP Karyakartas were murdered in Karnataka. The Congress must answer on increasing crimes," PM Modi said in Udupi.
"One one hand, 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 tweeted.
"Congress believes in ease of doing murder," PM Modi said at the rally in Karnataka's Udupi.
"We opened bank accounts for the poor. Over 31 crores accounts have been opened under Jan Dhan Yojana," PM Modi said at a rally in Udupi.
"The way people of Udupi have had ushered their affection towards Jan Sangh and the BJP for so many years is heartening," PM Modi said.
"Our government will leave no stone unturned to fulfill aspirations of people of Karnataka and ensure all round development of the state," PM Modi said at a rally in Karnataka's Udupi.
"It is the NDA Government that is working to transform the lives of farmers. The farmers of Karnataka are benefitting from the various initiatives of the Central Government," PM Modi said.
"I don't know about me but you have a 2+1 formula PM Sir," Siddaramaiah tweeted in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying "The (Karnataka CM) has a 2+1 formula".
Under the leadership of PM Modi and BS Yedyurappa we will bring Karnataka back on the path of development: Amit Shah in Sringeri
At the Sringeri public meeting, Amit Shah slammed the Congress government in Karnataka and said, "Siddaramaiah government is the most corrupt and anti-farmer government."
After PM Modi's first public meeting for the day, BJP National President Amit Shah is now addressing a rally in Sringeri.
The BJP on its official handle tweeted pictures of the "massive crowd" at the first public meeting on day 1 of PM Modi's five-day election campaign.
PM Modi Talks Of "2+1 Formula" In Karnataka
"There is 2+1 formula which being practiced in Karnataka, it is a version of the Congress's family politics in Karnataka. Kabhi kabhi jaagnewale aur zadatar soonewale yahan ke CM ka yeh political innovation hai (This is the initiative of the chief minister, who is mostly sleeping)," PM Modi said in Karnataka. "If CM has a 2+1 formula then ministers have 1+1 formula. Relatives of the ministers are fighting polls. This is hurting the workers of the Congress," he added as he attacked the Congress government in Karnataka and accused it of nepotism.
PM Modi - referring to the centre's achievements - said the farmers in Karnataka were getting a fair price for their crops due to centre's initiatives. "It is the NDA government that is working to transform the lives of farmers. The farmers of Karnataka are benefiting from the various initiatives of the central government," he said.
Attacking the Siddaramaiah government, PM Modi said the state was not progressing due to unemployment and the state was not able to tap the tourism potential under the current government. "Why are the people of Chamarajanagar not getting access to proper drinking water, jobs and why is the tourism potential here not being harnessed. What is the state government doing?" he asked
In Karnataka there is no law, there is no order. The Lokayukta is not safe, how can the common people be safe: PM Modi in Karnataka
On May 12, you will have to vote for the future of Karnataka. You have to vote for the BJP to choose honesty over corruption: PM Modi
PM Modi spoke about the Rahul Gandhi challenge of a 15-minute face off in parliament and said the Congress President should rather try facing the public in Karnataka for 15 minutes. "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," he said
PM Modi began his speech in Kannada but now as he speaks in Hindi, an interpreter accompanies him to translate his speech.
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 Modi
"In 2005, during the tenure of 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 said at the rally.
"Manmohan Singh had launched Rajiv Gandhi electrification scheme to electrify all villages by 2009. Instead of questioning our achievement, will he, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi answer why this promise was not fulfilled?" he further said.
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
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
Before I came here, I was told there is a 'wave' for the BJP In Karnataka. 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: PM Modi in Karnataka
Referring to the the Labour Day, PM Modi said, "The Congress President is 'Namdaar' so how does he know about the efforts of 'Kaamdaars'."
"We had promised that every single village in India will get electricity. I am happy to inform you that the BJP government has delivered its promise. Electricity has reached every village, and will very soon be in every home. 18,000 villages which were living in the 18th century, can finally experience electricity," PM Modi at the Santhemarahalli rally.
Lashing out at the critics, PM Modi talked about rural electrification on day 1 of his five-day election campaign. "We have done what was not done in the last 70 years since independence. We aim to electrify the 4 crore households of the 25 crore households which are still not electrified."
BS Yeddyurappa is the hope of the people of Karnataka and he is going to be the future chief minister of the state: PM Modi in Karnataka
PM Modi, who is from Gujarat, reminded the crowd that it's Gujarat Day.
Today is the day of labourers, people who work so hard to give us comfort: PM Modi
As PM Modi began rally in Santhemarahalli, he addressed the crowd in Kannada.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Karnataka for the five-day long election campaign. This morning, PM Modi tweeted about his three election rallies.