"PM Modi's oratory sharper than Atalji ":HD Deve Gowda

This has hassled the Congress and all those opposed to us and those who call us a Bania and Brahmin party because an OBC tea seller became the PM and a Dalit man the President, " Modi said amid loud cheers from the packed ground.

"Such arrogance. You are starting your political life and Deve Gowdaji is one of the greatest leaders of our country", Modi said.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the condition of farmers in Karnataka and said that the Centre failed to tackle the apathy of the peasants. Prime Minister Modi has begun campaigning for BJP candidates and Congress and JD (S) are also firming up their political strategy.

Spearheadi the BJP campaign in Karnataka, Mr Modi has made a decision to extend his campaign by additional day and instead of 15 meetings scheduled earlier, he would address 20.

Modi's attack on the JD (S) comes on the day former CM H D Kumaraswamy raised suspicion over the sudden sympathy. During an election rally in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday, the PM asked people not to waste its votes on the JDS.

BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao said in an interview on Monday that any comparison between the number of rallies Modi addresses in Karnataka and bigger states like Uttar Pradesh, which has nearly two times the number of assembly seats, was unnecessary.

However, in a couple of days, he seemed to have forgotten about this.

The Congress chief said that the farmers did not receive the additional 50 per cent of their Minimum Support Price (MSP).

With a week left for the Karnataka elections, substantive voter issues will likely be drowned out even more in the din of high voltage rallies and rhetoric.

On this front, Modi does have a point.

Of the 224 Assembly segments, the city has the largest 28 seats.

"The army won the battle against Pakistan in 1948 under the leadership of General Thimayya, but the man who saved Kashmir had to resign because of insult and to protect his self-respect".

"This demonstrates the BJP's utter desperation in this election that they are having to depend so much on Modi", says Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Bengaluru Professor Rajeev Gowda.

Siddaramaiah then retweeted this, and added that Karnataka holds Cariappa in high esteem.

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