Karnataka campaign trail modi rakes up past, challenges rahul gandhi to speak extempore for 15 minutes electricity voltage in canada


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday challenged Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak extempore for 15 minutes in any language he feels comfortable about Karnataka government’s achievements during the past five years. Four decades ago, socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia had mocked Indira Gandhi as a ‘goongi gudiya.’Kickstarting, in this old Mysuru region, the first of the 15 election campaign meetings that will see him crisscross the state for five days, Mr Modi accepted the challenge of the Nehru-Gandhi family scion.

The Prime Minister said, "Mr Gandhi has stated that I cannot sit in Parliament even if he speaks for 15 minutes, but I challenge him. Let Rahul speak for 15 minutes extempore in Karnataka about his government’s achievements without referring to any notes and in any language including Hindi or English or even in his mother tongue.

"Yes I cannot stand his 15 minute speech in Parliament, because he is a rich man and I am a worker. I cannot wear costly clothes, hence I cannot stand. But let him prove himself by speaking about Karnataka’s achievements for 15 minutes," Mr Modi asserted. He challenged Mr Gandhi to refer to Karnataka’s engineer statesman, Sir M Vishveshwaraiah’s name for five times during his speech.

He warned Mr Siddaramaiah that the 2+1 or 1+1 polity will not succeed. Mr Siddaramaiah, the PM said, was contesting from two constituencies while his son in one so that even if he loses his son might continue the legacy. Similarly, wards of a number of Ministers were also in the fray promoting politics of family in the state. But the Bharatiya Janata Party would ensure that dynastic politics will not prevail in the state.

Red letter dayApril 28, Mr Modi affirmed, would be termed as a red letter day in the country when the government ensured that all the villages were provided with electricity. The day marked the completion of providing electricity to 18,000 villages that were without power since Independence.

” We will not stop at that. Our next move would be to ensure that every house gets electricity connection as nearly four crore of the 25 crore households in the country were without any power connection” he said adding that ” we are a government that works as against Mr Gandhi who seeks fame. It was a shame thatMr Rahul Gandhi did not have two good words to say about this achievement of electrifying all villages," he lamented.

On the contrary, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in 2005 that every village would be provided with electricity but could not achieve it even in 2014 and United Progressive Alliance leader Sonia Gandhi went a step ahead, asserting every house in the country would be provided with electricity connection. Mr Modi added, ”We are a government that works.”Reaffirming that farmers income will be doubled by 2022, Mr Modi dwelt on the insurance scheme that had benefited nearly 1.4 million peasants in the state and added that the government was working to improve their lot and ensure that the minimum support price was hiked by one and a half times.

On May 5, Mr Modi will campaign in Gadag district, the first visit by a Prime Minister after a gap of 35 years. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had visited the district and laid foundation stone for construction of Houses for the poor under HUDCO Scheme.

The premier later paid obesiance at the world-famous Krishna Temple in Udupi and met Vishveshathireetha Swamiji of Pejavar Mutt before addressing another public meeting at MGM Ground. Subsequently, he will depart for Chikodi in Belagavi to meet the voters in the district bordering Maharashtra and Goa.

He said that during the past two years more than two dozen BJP workers and Sangh Parivar supporters were brutally murdered. ”Even as the Central Government is ensuring the ease of doing business in country, in Karnataka the situation was different with the government promoting ease of doing murder.” He alleged that the government was hand-in-glove with the sand mafia, forcing the house builders to procure it in the black market.

Lambasting the Congress in Karnataka for intolerance and arrogance, he said such an attitude in politics will not succeed and would not lead the state to the path of development. Only the BJP, Mr Modi said, could take the state on the developmental plane. He pointed out several projects, including the Kadur-Chikkamagaluru-Sakaleshpur railway line,, suffered inordinate delay due to the laxity of the state government.

The Prime Minister expressed serious objection to the abusive language used by the CM against former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, who was a tall leader in the country. ”Irrespective of our political differences, whenever he came to meet me in New Delhi I used to give him the respect he deserved,” Mr Modi said.

When the huge gathering sought to refrain him from using an interpreter, Mr Modi quipped, ”This clearly shows there is no language barrier between us.” The spontaneous response also indicated that the people want the Siddramaiah government to be punished at the hustings, he added.

Temple townThe BJP, Mr Modi added, had a long standing relationship with the temple town as in the erstwhile Jan Sangh days as it used to have municipal representatives from the Sangh.,The PM referred to the number of banks originating from Udupi. But, he said, in the name of nationalisation, poor people were not allowed to knock the doors of banks. Nearly 40 per cent of the population was out of the banking sector and this was reversed through the Jan dhan schemeHe also made a reference to the Mudra Yojana which had benefited nearly 12 crore youths for starting self employment projects with loans to the tune of Rs 400,000 crores.

Mr Modi also referred to the Sagar Mala project of the Union government, entailing a series of harbours across the coastal line. Udupi, Mr Modi said, could also benefit by having a fishing harbour and help the community further the blue revolution.