Congress government turned Bengaluru into sin valley: Modi

Bengaluru, May 4: In a no-holds barred attack on the Congress in poll-bound Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday blasted the state government for allegedly turning India's Silicon Valley into a "sin valley" and Bengaluru into "crime capital".

"A city known as India's Silicon Valley has become a valley of sin under an incompetent Congress government," Modi said at a rally in Kengeri on the city's outskirts ahead of the May 12 Assembly elections.

Though Bengaluru was admired the world over as a garden city, Modi said, the Siddaramaiah government had turned it into a "garbage city", as it had no concern for basic amenities.

"Our youths made Bengaluru the computer capital but under the Congress rule, the city is turning into a crime capital as the state government is incapable of controlling the situation," Modi claimed at the public meeting, organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party state unit.

The state was given Rs 836 crore by the central government under the 'Smart City' project to develop Bengaluru, but the state could spend only Rs 12 crore on the city, Modi lamented.

"Bengaluru, which was earlier a 'city of lakes' has been turned into a 'city of burning lakes', as lakes like Bellandur were filled with chemicals instead of water," he alleged.

The cosmopolitan city of Bengaluru was being destroyed by the Congress through its "corruption and culture of chaos", the Prime Minister said.

Women's safety was one of the biggest concerns in the southern state, with crime against women on the "rise" under the Congress rule, Modi alleged.

"I urge the people of Karnataka to elect a development-oriented BJP and defeat the Congress' corruption," Modi appealed to the urban voters.

Of the 224 Assembly segments, the city has the largest 28 seats. In the 2013 elections, the Congress won won 13, BJP 12 and JD-S 3.

Assembly elections will be held on May 12 and votes counted on May 15.