In a live interaction with office bearers, candidates, and elected representatives of the Karnataka BJP on Thursday, PM Narendra Modi said that the party had a three-part strategy for the state: “Development, fast-paced development, and all-round development”.
Soon after, the Congress attacked PM’s address by raising the issue of corruption charges against the BJP’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa and his ties with the Reddy brothers of Bellary.
Speaking to party workers and leaders, PM Modi said that the BJP has always given primary importance to development before launching a scathing attack on the opposition. “Indian politics culture is associated with the misdeeds of the mainstream Congress and the Congress sin. The country's politics will not be pure unless the country is free from the Congress culture,” he said.
He added, "Other political parties hesitate to talk on development because development can be quantified. This is unacceptable to those parties which only concentrated on division. We govern and also fight elections based only on our development model. If you analyse last few elections, you will realise how few political parties have indulged only in dividing societies on religious lines. They exploit emotions of some community before elections and forget them after the elections."
The PM also accused the Congress of hiring foreign agencies and resorting to rampant lying to win elections. He encouraged Karyakartas to “stand their ground and expose their lies” and to connect with voters.
He also noted a series of areas where the BJP had outperformed the Congress. “In Karnataka, close to Rs. 14000 crore worth of road works are under progress. It will serve good fortunes for Karnataka for a century. While we constructed 1750 Km of highways in 4 years for Karnataka, UPA had only built half of this,” he said.
“Had the local state government not indulged in petty politics, had they extended full cooperation, we could have achieved even better figures. I want to add more pace to our development work in Karnataka. I need your support for this to happen,” he added.
The Congress, however, called Modi’s speech ‘jumla pops’ and ‘fake sermons’.
Referring to Modi’s three-pronged strategy, Congress retorted that all the development was for the Yeddy-Reddys.
BJP has a three pronged agenda for Karnataka,— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) April 26, 2018
- Development of Corrupt Yeddy-Reddys
- Fast paced Development of Corrupt Yeddy-Reddys
- All round Development of Corrupt Yeddy-Reddys
BJP has given primary importance for Politics of Corruption!#KarnatakaDefeatsBJP https://t.co/36NFlIHZcl
Modi is set to begin campaigning in Karnataka on May 1.