Modi lauded the efforts of BJP workers and citizens whose resistance, he said, forced Congress to drop the project. The party's "secular" outlook did not prevent it from partnering in a coalition government with the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2006; notwithstanding the protestations of patriarch H.D. Deve Gowda, another such arrangement between the two parties can not be ruled out.
Politics is heating up ahead of the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 with the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaigning aggressively in the state. Gandhi, who has been at the receiving end of Modi's salvos during BJP's poll campaign in Karnataka, said the Prime Minister's personal attacks implied he had no answers to the issues raised by him.
"Through these advertisements the Karnataka BJP has explicitly made baseless, unsubstantiated, vague and scandalous allegations and remarks", the complaint said. "In view of the above, it is also just and necessary for this Commission to take cognizance of these illegal and unlawful acts and prosecute responsible bodies and individuals in accordance with law", the Congress demanded. It said action should also be taken against the members of the Media certification and Monitoring Committee for permitting the BJP to use cut-outs, shadow images and likeness of Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah to make "baseless and scandalous statements". He said, due to the apathy of Karnataka government, farmers in the state have not got the benefit of Fasal Bima Yojna.
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In his address PM Modi asserted that "Able women have been given important portfolios in our Cabinet", mentioning the achievements of EMA Sushma Swaraj and Defence minister Niramla Sitharaman. Deve Gowda had on Wednesday claimed that it was Modi who persuaded him to remain in the Lok Sabha even after he had announced the decision to resign if the BJP came to power on its own. He also said that though the PM listened to his concerns about farmers, he did not act.
"And then in 2019, India is clearly going to state to Mr Narendra Modi - Mr Modi, you promised us three things and all you have given us is a lot of talk". During an election rally in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday, the PM asked people not to waste its votes on the JDS.