The 90-day yatra, which was flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah on November 1, passed through 224 Assembly constituencies in the State. "PM is too tall for them", said Malavika Avinash, Spokesperson, BJP. Take T from tomato, O from Onion and P from Potato, you get TOP. "Operation Green will be beneficial for farmers just like the Amul model was successful in dairy".
Siddaramaiah said that he was happy that the Prime Minister was talking about corruption and "invited" him to "walk the talk". Responding to the tweets, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa hit back saying K'taka has scripted several firsts like corruption, farmers' suicide and collapse of law and order under Siddaramaiah's regime.
Backing his government, Siddaramaiah said, "Our state is still no. 1 in IT/BT".
Soon after his initial greetings in Kannada at the rally, Modi referred to Karnataka as the land of Nadaprabu Kempegowda, Basaveshwara, Madara Chennaiah, Kittur Rani Chennamma, Sangolli Rayanna and Sir M. Visvesvaraya. They were later whisked away by the local police.
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Siddaramaiah also brought up the 2002 Godhra riots, in reference to Modi's remarks that Karnataka's law and order situation had deteriorated to "ease in murdering".
That tweet drew BJP's CM face B S Yeddyurappa's ire.
The BJP has set a target to win 150-plus seats for the coming polls.
According to the Karnataka Chief Minister, the Centre has been biased against Karnataka and has not given the complete aid as per 14th Finance Commission decision.
"I have been told that the Karnataka government is being recognised as "10 percent government" as no work is possible without 10 percent commission", he said at the rally.
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The Tribunal, headed by J.N. Panchal, on July 28, 2016 rejected the state's petition for releasing the water, citing various grounds, including ecological damage the twin canal projects may cause. "If corruption has to end, the state has to be made Congress-free", he said.
"Some people hatched a conspiracy to pocket crores of rupees in the name of building a steel bridge. We are not BJP to go against the constitution", he said. Former CM SM Krishna, who was absent at recent BJP meets, was also present though he chose not to speak because of a "throat infection'. I appeal to the people of Karnataka to vote against the government which attacks the social fabric of the state", he added.
Pointing out that the Central Government had initiated "Housing for all" scheme by 2022, Modi said Karnataka has been allotted 3.36 lakh houses for the poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, but the State Government had constructed only 38,000 houses.
The Congress "ruined" the society, culture and politics, Modi said in his scathing comments against the Opposition. "You might have felt this", he said.
The Chief Minister welcomed the Prime minister to Bengaluru, and asked him help the State resolve the Mahadayi water dispute. As soon as the Governor's address to the joint legislature session was over, the Chief Minister addressed a press meet to counter numerous charges made by PM Modi.
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