Shah had on Saturday asked the Congress not to involve foreign nations in India's domestic politics as he wondered why the party involved Pakistan in such matters. "This is a prime minister who has distorted history, especially with regard to the allegations he leveled against the Congress of having sidelined Field Marshal KM Cariappa and General Thimayya", he said.
The PM fired these barbs at the Congress party while addressing mega BJP rallies in Chitradurga and Raichur, during which he flayed the Siddaramaiah government for celebrating the "jayantis of sultans" (birth anniversaries of Muslim rulers) for the sake of "vote bank politics".
Basvaraj, a tutor in Raichur, drew a large tattoo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his back.
"The time has come to bid farewell to the Congress party that is not interested in your welfare". He reiterated that the Congress is against the backward classes and was looting the state. "Wake up Congress leaders, at least if you don't want to listen to listen to the poet Kuvempu, who said Karnataka is the daughter of India".
The state goes to polls on May 12. This has anxious them and they have started spreading rumours to instigate the Dalit community, Modi also said. "It is a deal party", he said.
Chiding Congress feeling "uneasiness" about patriotism, Modi asked them to "learn it at least from the Mudhol hound dogs" of north Karnataka, which have been inducted into the Indian army K9 unit.
Targeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the prime minister said he always keeps character certificates ready in his suitcase. "This time, we had the numbers but we preferred that a person from the Dalit community become the President", he said. Congress has insulted the people of Chitradurga. "I got it made as our Prime Minister has done good work in a span of four years", said Basvaraj, a tutor in the town some 400 kilometres from state capital Bengaluru. The counting of votes will take place on May 15.
"Modi has nothing to offer the people of Karnataka in terms of a development agenda, and, hence, he has resorted to polarization", Venugopal said.