PM Modi says Siddaramaiah's rule has made Karnataka debt-ridden

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Hitting at the Reddy brothers, two of whom are contesting from the BJP, Gandhi accused PM Modi of trying to "unleash the "Gabbar Singh gang" upon Karnataka".

"The youth of Bengaluru have lost out on employment as HAL's deal stands cancelled".

Gandhi also charged Modi with imposing demonetisation on the common man, while allowing fraudsters like Nirav Modi, the main accused in the PNB scam, to flee the country.

Addressing a rally at Kalaburagi earlier, Mr Modi invoked regional pride, recalled the contribution of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in the liberation of the Hyderabad Karnataka region from the Nizam's "tyrannical" rule.

Modi took a dig at the Congress for portraying the BJP as a party of Banias and Brahmins, and said the BJP was above caste and religious lines as a tea-seller like him, who belonged to a backward community, had become the Prime Minister.

Mallikarjuna Kharge is now the MLA of Kalaburgi constituency and has previously been Minister of Railways and Minister of Labour and Employment in the central government. He said when he met the Prime Minister on a few occasions to press some of the important issues, including release of 8 tmcft of water in the Mahadayi River for drinking objective, Modi had remained silent without making any remark.

He frankly said that, "Now the only state Cong are harping on is Karnataka". It also said this is "clearly a sign of BJP's frustration". Karnataka has "siddha rupaiya" government, and this government has put the state under debt.

PM Modi said "safety of women a concern in Karnataka. I called him and asked if I could visit him and he said come", Gowda recalled.

Siddaramaiah replied immediately on Twitter and asked why the PM was blaming the state government when mining policy was being decided by the centre. "Photos of the Bellandur lake with froth and fire show the misrule of the government", he said.

A day after Prime Minister Modi heaped praises on him, JD (S) supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda yesterday described the comments as a "magnanimous gesture" but sought to underplay it saying: "I don't want his praise or abuse". "If he does go with the Congress, it will have to be minus Siddaramaiah", he added.

"The Congress is seeking votes of Dalits".

Gandhi, who has been at the receiving end of Modi's salvos throughout the BJP's poll campaign in Karnataka, said the prime minister's personal attacks implied he had no answers to the issues raised by Gandhi.

"Cities around the country are under pressure, particularly the dynamic ones like Bengaluru".

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