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Siddaramaiah hits back at Modi for his "2+1 formula" jibe " "

PM Narendra Modi in his top gear election mode, launched sharp attacks on the Congress and especially party chief Rahul Gandhi while speaking in Chamarajanagar at his first election rally in Karnataka. "This will backfire on Congress", he said.

At the rally, the Prime Minister also invoked the legacy of Dalit leader B.R. Ambedkar and said the grand old party never respected him and his views. "You can speak in Hindi, English or your mother tongue", said PM Modi, mocking Congress President Rahul Gandhi's Italian heritage. "Becoming Kannadiga means accepting Kannada language, naada geete (state anthem), naadadwaja (state flag)", he said. Taking strong exception to Gandhi's criticism of Modi, the senior BJP leader said the Congress president was trying to galvanise his cadre that was "sceptical of his leadership, having faced loss after loss ever since he has taken over the reins of his party".

The latest survey conducted by C fore suggests that the Congress will romp home comfortably in Karnataka with anything between 118 to 128 seats.

Lauding BJP's state chief Yeddyurappa, the Prime Minister said, "BS Yeddyurappa is the hope of the people of Karnataka and he is going to be the next chief minister of the state".

Reaffirming that farmers income will be doubled by 2022, Mr Modi dwelt on the insurance scheme that had benefited almost 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. The voting for the 224-member Assembly will be held on May 12, and results will be announced on the 15th of the month. Deve Gowda, however, told a TV channel that he and his family would disown Kumaraswamy if he joins hands with the BJP.

"I challenge you (Rahul Gandhi) to speak for 15 minutes on the achievements of your government in Karnataka without reading from any piece of paper". Modi was retorting to Gandhi's challenge to the PM to sit through 15 minutes of his speech in Parliament.

He accused the state's Congress government, which he claimed was steeped in corruption, of thwarting the Centre's efforts for development. "But as I see it, it's not just a wave but a storm", thundered Modi, addressing hundreds in Santhemarahalli village, about 170 km south of Bengaluru.

The Chief Minister also said Prime Minister Modi didn't fulfill his poll promise of giving Rs. 15 lakh to people, didn't create jobs for youth and brought misery to people through demonetisation.

He said, the NDA government will embark on a task of connecting 4 crore households which do not have electricity even after 70 years of independence.

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