PM Modi addresses a rally in Karnataka's Kalaburagi

New Delhi, May 3: It's a volley of rallies in Karnataka today with both PM Narendra Modi and and Congress President Rahul Gandhi taking turns to adress their potential voters. Both political leaders are holding rallies in Karnataka today ahead of the May 12 assembly election. This is the PM's second round of campaigning with a rally in Kalaburagi. He will also be addressing rallies in Bellary and Bengaluru. A phalanx of senior BJP leaders will also be campaigning in the state. Rahul Gandhi will hold rallies in Aurad, Bhalki and Humnabad in Bidar district today. Excerpts from the PM's speech. Karnataka Assembly polls will decide the mood of the 2019 General Elections. PM reminded that people of Karnataka want Congress-Mukt Bharat. PM attacked the dynasty politics in a sacthing manner. PM said, "Please tolerate this heat, but don't tolerate the Congress." PM reminded that the farmers have benefitted in a big way from the policies formulated by the BJP.

Here are the highlights of the PM Modi's speech:

-Congress would rather prefer our soldiers go with cameras and not guns! (on Surgical Strikes) But then, this is expected considering how their own senior leader behaved on stage when 'Vande Mataram' was being sung.

-I would like to ask the Congress people who carried out a candle march in Delhi where were your candles when a Dalit girl was tortured in Bidar

-During last elections, Congress promised they will make Mallikarjun Kharge Ji the Chief Minister. They misled the Dalit community.This is typically how Congress plays politics

-After surgical strikes, one of Congress's senior leaders called our current Army Chief a 'Gunda'

-Karnataka is synonymous with valour. But, how did the Congress Govts treat Field Marshall Cariappa and General Thimayya? History is proof of that. In 1948 after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by PM Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon

-Congress doesn't respect the sacrifices of our soldiers. When our soldiers carried out surgical strikes, the Congress party questioned them. They kept on asking proof of the strikes from me.

-This election will decide the future of Karnataka. It is about security of women, the development of farmers. Do not assume this is only about electing MLAs, it is much more than that: PM Narendra Modi in Kalaburagi.

News24Bureau with Agencies