Prime Minister Narendra Modi began on Sunday his visit to poll-bound Karnataka at the end of the BJP’s 90-day rally. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the rally at Palace Grounds where at least one lakh people, including IT professionals, are expected to attend the programme.
Named ‘Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartana Yatra’ (journey to build a new Karnataka), the rally across 224 assembly constituencies of the state was flagged off on November 2 by BJP president Amit Shah. Assembly elections in the southern state are due in April-May. The BJP came to power on its own for the first time in 2008 but lost to the Congress after five years in the May 2013 assembly polls.
Here are the live updates:
4.51pm: Narendra Modi begins his speech and addresses the rally in Kannada. Loud cheers from the crowd.
4.33pm: Yeddyurappa felicitates Modi.
4.17pm: PM Modi arrives at the Parivartana Yatra. He is joined on stage by state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa, and Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar.
3:00pm: Responding to the CM’s tweets, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa alleged that Karnataka has scripted several firsts like corruption, farmers suicide and collapse of law and order under Siddaramaiah’s regime.
2:53pm: Claiming that Karnataka is the number one state in investment and innovation, and highlighting Bengaluru as a startup and innovation hub, Siddaramaiah boasted about having scripted several national firsts across key sectors through a unique model of development.
2:50pm: Ahead of PM Modi’s public rally, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah asked him to “find time” to resolve the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with neighbouring Goa.