People now say no work happens without 10 per cent “commission”.
Kartikeya Ghorpade of erstwhile Sandur royal family in Karnataka and former Congress leader H.R. Gaviappa joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He sought to link the controversial steel flyover project in Bengaluru that was dropped after public protests to such mafia.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara accused Modi of “insulting Karnataka” by calling it a “state of criminals” where there was an “ease of committing murder”. He promised that Karnataka would be “Congress-mukt’ and also free of the corruption”. Give Congress party a befitting reply through your votes, PM Modi said.
Addressing thousands of BJP supporters in Palace Grounds, PM Modi had said, “India does not need Congress culture anymore, as it has ruined the nation”. This shows that Modi is misleading people, he added. Mr Modi whgo has protected corrupt BJPleaders has now “keeping in mind the elections has made politicallymotivated statements in bad taste”. However, giving ammunition to the opposition, PM chose to remain silent on the Mahadayi issue.
“Farmers were hoping that he would speak about their distress, that he would say he will intervene in the Mahadayi water-sharing dispute, but he did not”. “Electricity will brighten their lives”, Modi said.
He welcomed the PM to one of the most progressive states, which is also number one in investments and job creation, according to latest data.
A group of college students donned degree robes and sold pakoras to passers-by near Mehkri Circle to take a dig at PM Modi’s remarks over job creation. They were later whisked away by the local police.
He also made references to the BJP government in Karnataka (2008-13) which saw the unearthing of an illegal iron ore mining scam as well as allegations of corruption against then chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa and several other ministers.
Interestingly, Modi hailed Karnataka’s people as selfless and hardworking and attributed the success of U-19 Indian team in the World Cup to the efforts of coach Rahul Dravid.
Yeddyurappa attacked Siddaramaiah and tweeted that the State had become “No.1 in corruption” under the Congress and has faced over 3,000 farmer deaths, collapse of law and order.