Congress rebel MLA Umesh Jadhav, who had resigned from the party and also as MLA, today joined the BJP at a rally in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kalaburagi. The BJP leadership has decided to put him against Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who was not defeated so far and he had won as an MLA nine times and as an MP twice.
In the presence of Sate BJP president B S Yeddyurappa, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar and a host of other BJP leaders, he said that
party leaders, he said “I am happy and proud joining BJP,” Jadhav said before Modi arrived on the stage. He also sought blessings from the people of Kalaburagi to make Modi Prime Minister again.
Speaking at the public meeting, PM Modi said that 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,” he said.
PM Modi also slammed the Congress for “questioning” the veracity of cross-border surgical strikes and said, “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.”
The Prime Minister further said, “Karnataka has a rich history of valour with immortal names like Field Marshall Cariappa and General Thimayya. But, how Congress governments treated them is well recorded in history. In 1948 after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by PM Nehru and then RM Krishna Menon.”
Further taking a dig at the Congress, the Prime Minister said, “We have seen the state being ruined for five years and we will no longer allow the state to be ruined further. People are seeing that in all corners of India the Congress is being rejected.”
Accusing the Congress of failing with regard to the agriculture sector, PM Modi said, “Kalaburagi is known for ‘Dal’ cultivation. Our farmers are working hard here and availing of the benefits of the central government schemes. However, the Karnataka government is insensitive towards the condition of farmers.”