As part of his campaign blitzkrieg, the Prime Minister will address election rallies in Tumkur, Gadag, Shimoga and Mangaluru. "Why are you hiding this?" Last year, the Congress-JD (S) alliance had won the mayoral polls for the third consecutive year.
"After the Karnataka results, Congress will become PPP Congress- Punjab, Puducherry and Parivar Congress", the prime minister said at the rally here. "The BJP opposed the amendment to Article 371 (J), while the Congress actively pursued it to open up growth opportunities for the people", he said. Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily too had called JD (S) as the B-team of BJP.
His possible elevation is seen as an exercise to not only break free of the power tussle between the influential Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities but also groom a new generation of young leaders in a state where the BJP is trying to grow roots.
Earlier on Friday, BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B.S.Yedyurappa released the BJP manifesto in Bengaluru. "It plays like an episode of "Karnataka's Most Wanted", he posted on Twitter.
On Thursday, Modi at a poll rally in Kengeri on Bengaluru's outskirts blasted the Siddaramaiah government for allegedly turning India's Silicon Valley into a "sin valley" and Bengaluru into a "crime capital".
The Congress leader said even Modi acknowledged Karnataka's employment record which would improve further under the party government.
He also claimed that while the BJP represented the farmers, the poor, tribals and the downtrodden, the Congress had been relying on "raja maharajas", apparently referring to Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Singh, both belonging to erstwhile royal families. He also added that he would restrain from making any personal attacks against the prime minister. "For years, the Congress keeps saying- Gareeb, Gareeb, Gareeb".
Hitting out at Gandhi, Shah said, "I heard the statement of Rahul baba that his party is going to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Here's a primer on your candidate selection in Karnataka", Gandhi tweeted along with a video asking if the Prime Minister will speak for five minutes on the eight tickets to the "Reddy brothers gang".
In Udupi district, the memorandum said, the deputy commissioner allegedly at the behest of the Congress ordered removal of saffron flags from temples and banned a traditional art and cultural practise.