PM Modi accuses Congress of insulting Army, top military commanders

Narendra Modi | PTI

Karnataka is going to polls on May 12, and the Prime Minister is expected to address 12 rallies in different parts of the southern state.

PM Modi on Wednesday said that a farmer-sensitive government is needed in Karnataka. "Do not assume that it is only about electing an MLA, it is much beyond that", Modi told an election rally at Navodaya Vidyalaya Grounds in Kalaburagi, about 630 km northwest of Bengaluru.

The Prime Minister began his second leg of campaign for Karnataka in May 1, addressing three rallies in Chamrajanagar, Udupi and Belagavi district that covered 48 assembly constituencies.

"We have seen the state being ruined for five years and we will no longer allow the state to be ruined further".

"Kalaburagi is known for "Dal" cultivation".

"They (Congress) sought proof about the genuineness of the surgical strike".

"Congress has no respect for the sacrifices of our soldiers". But he also used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing the government of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of being insensitive to farmers' plight, manipulating them and "playing politics" with them.

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"Congress would rather prefer our soldiers go with cameras and not guns!"

The remark, which blew into a controversy in mid-2017, was also condemned by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Responding to the Prime Minister's attack on previous central governments, the Congress chief said Modi had insulted the parents, farmers and small traders of yesteryear despite their contribution to nation-building.

"My job is to worry for the farmers.for several years, Congress government tried to hide the Swaminathan Comission report in the cupboard", he said.

On Tuesday Modi hit back, challenging the Congress president to speak for 15 minutes on the achievements of the Congress government in Karnataka, without referring to notes and in any language he prefers including that of his mother, Sonia Gandhi, which is Italian.

Modi said that it was in the nature of Congress party to forget national heroes like General (KS) Thimayya and General (KM) Cariappa, two legends of the Army, who hailed from Karnataka.

JD (S) and BSP are also campaigning for the forthcoming elections.

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