Modi to Interact with BJP's Karnataka Women's Wing Workers

Modi raps Congress government for political violence in Karnataka

PM Modi shows solidarity with Gowda ahead of Karnataka polls

Detailing on some of the measures taken by the BJP government for women empowerment, the PM said, "We increased maternity leave for women to 6 months".

The Congress on Thursday complained to the Election Commission against the BJP's Karnataka unit for "getting published false and misleading advertisements" in newspapers to malign the public image of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. 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.

He also gave out the figures that showed that sharp difference between money allotted by the Congress and the BJP government for the urban infra funds for Karnataka.

"The youth in Karnataka turned Bengaluru to a Silicon Valley, but the Congress government turned it into a valley of sin", Modi said at an election rally on the city outskirts in poll-bound Karnataka.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India is now moving forward from women development to women-led development, and "women first" was the mantra of his government and the party. The poll results will be out three days later on May 15.

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"Through these advertisements the Karnataka BJP has explicitly made baseless, unsubstantiated, vague and scandalous allegations and remarks", the complaint said. This is arrogance. Your life (as Congress chief) has just begun.

Prime Minister Modi also proudly noted that India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was the only woman at the recently held SCO meet.

Modi's open support for the JDS supremo had raised many eyebrows including that of Deve Gowda himself. He also said that though the PM listened to his concerns about farmers, he did not act.

"JD (S) stands at third place and people should not waste their vote on them", he reportedly said. "I want to ask you whether we need such a party?", Mr Modi asked the people, receiving a loud "No, No" in response from the crowd.

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