Political News, State, (Bagalkot/Chikkodi), April 19:-The Congress wants to install a “helpless” prime minister, Narendra Modi said on Thursday, making a forceful plea for people’s mandate for a strong government, focusing on national security.
Addressing two rallies in north Karnataka on the final lap of his campaign for Lok Sabha polls in the state, Modi mocked the “never ending drama” marked by revenge and emotion that he said characterised the Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy.
“If you want to see majboot sarkar (strong government) look towards Delhi, and if you want to see majboor (helpless) government look towards Bengaluru,” he told the crowd, amid the polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections to 14 constituencies in Karnataka.
Aiming big, BJP has set a target of winning 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, betting high on the “Modi wave”.
In the 2014 polls, BJP had bagged 17 seats. Modi has held back to back rallies covering all the regions in Karnataka and the state BJP has not announced any more rallies before the second phase of polls on April 23.
Modi took on Kumaraswamy for saying the matter of airstrike on terror camps in Pakistan in Balakot should not be overpublicised “fearing the vote bank would get angry.”
“Now tell me, Where is Congress and the JD(S) vote bank? Is it in Bagalkot or Balakot? This Congress-JD(S) has to decide,” the prime minister said.
Modi said it was “unfortunate” that Congress and its “mahamilavat” (adulterated) friends were leaving no stone unturned to defame the country’s traditions and culture.
Modi chided Kumaraswamy for his reported remark that only those can’t meet two square meals a day join the armed forces.
The language that he has used, can any self-respecting civilian accept it? Terming Kumaraswamy’s remark an insult to the Army and soldiers, and asking if it can be tolerated, he said “on this one issue this whole family has to be removed from public life.”
Hitting out at Congress over its promise to remove Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), he said, it wants those pelting stones to file false cases on soldiers and they should roam in courts.
“Congress also wants to give free hand to those indulging in desh droh (anti nationalism). By announcing that it will end sedition law, Congress has made it clear what its intentions are. Will you support such dangerous intentions? Will you support those committing such sins? Will you teach a lesson to Congress?” Modi asked.
He asked the gathering whether they were happy with the firmness he had worked with.
“Are you happy? We entered inside Pakistan and hit (terrorists) are you happy? Do we have to take revenge for the killing of our jawans or not? Do you trust army on their bravery? Congress don’t believe our brave and believe in Pakistans evidences.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)