Rahul Gandhi corners BJP on its support for Reddys

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He cited the examples of the Congress failing to make Dalit leader Mallikarjun Kharge the chief minister of Karnataka in 2013 and the BJP's role in making Ram Nath Kovind the President of India as examples of the BJP's greater acknowledgement of the community.

"Siddaramaiah posed a" question to Modi as he arrived for extensive canvassing in" Kalaburagi, Ballari and Bengaluru. PM Modi said all know what treatment Congress gave to the likes of Brig Cariappa and Gen Thimayya.

Dev Gowda said that "PM Modi is sharper than Vajpayee" adding "Even Vajpayee ji wanted to support my government when Congress brought it down in 1997".

Both Modi and Gandhi were scheduled to address separate public rallies in the state on Thursday.

Reiterating his charge that no work was possible in Karnataka without corruption or bribery, Mr Modi said, "Karnataka has a Sidda-rupaiah Sarkar".

In the "battle for survival" for the JD (S) as suggested by Kumaraswamy, the former CM went on to say, "Not kingmaker, people will bless me as a king, that full confidence is there".

He also said the Karnataka government, however, pre-empted the CBI manufactured clean chit to the Reddy brothers and BS Yeddyurappa by refusing to accept the closure by the agency.

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PM Modi said "safety of women a concern in Karnataka".

The government had planned a steel bridge to ease traffic congestion in the heart of the city but facing severe protests dropped the move. Karnataka has "siddha rupaiya" government, and this government has put the state under debt. "The state government is incapable of controlling the situation".

Gandhi's Jana Aashirwada Yatre rally was held on the same day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at Kalaburgi 117 kms away.

PM also hit out at congress for indulging in vote bank politics by influencing dalits and tribals.

The 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family attacked the Prime Minister for his recent remarks challenging Gandhi to speak about his party-led government's achievements in Karnataka without looking at a paper.

Turning his attention towards city issues like garbage and lakes, the Prime Minister claimed the Congress had tarnished Bengaluru's image by converting the Garden City into a "garbage city" and the lakes built by its founder, Kempegowda into fiery spots (in a clear reference to the Bellandur lake fire).

He said Bengaluru was earlier a city of lakes, but Congress transformed it into a "city of burning lakes". But to call it names like crime capital, valley of sin, etc.is an insult to us Bengalureans.

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