The present term of the Karnataka Assembly will end on May 30, 2018 and the elections to the 224 seats are due to be held in April-May. Karnataka is presently ruled by the Indian National Congress after it routed a BJP-led government in the 2013 elections. Karnataka, the only big southern state ever won by the BJP and the largest state currently ruled by the INC is witnessing an election like no other and both parties, along with the regional outfit (JD-S) are leaving no stone unturned in their campaign efforts. Leaders of all parties have already busy tallying votes and supports for the upcoming battle.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the BJP brought its biggest gun to Karnataka. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a giant rally on the Palace Grounds, Bengaluru to spearhead BJP’s electoral drive in Karnataka. He was joined in the rally by Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal, who are in-charge of the BJP poll campaign in Karnataka and Ananth Kumar, DV Sadananda Gowda and Ananthkumar Hegde, who hail from the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, true to his style, went in all guns blazing in his Bengaluru rally, ripping apart the Congress government on various counts. The Prime Minister listed out the various development programmes undertaken by BJP in the state and assured the people of Karnataka that BJP is working hard to develop infrastructural facilities in Karnataka according to the needs of 21st century. Attacking the Chief Minister, Modi said that the people of Karnataka are not able to see the development works being undertaken by the Central Government and the people are not able to enjoy the benefits because of the incumbent Chief Minister.
Lauding Shri BS Yeddurappa, a son of a farmer who became a Chief Minister, PM Modi stated that in this budget, the government has made a significant decision so that correct price of crops is given to farmers. Farmers producing fruits & vegetables are ‘TOP’ priority. ‘TOP’ means ‘Tomato, Onion & Potato’. ‘Operation green’ would be beneficial for farmers just like the Amul model was successful in dairy.
But amid the political potshots, PM Modi didn’t forget to invoke the name of 1 man who enthuses Kannadigas like no one else. The one and the only Rahul Dravid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered rich praise on legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid for his role in India’s Under-19 World Cup title victory recently.
“Our U-19 cricket team won the World Cup yesterday. Their head coach Rahul Dravid was a significant factor behind this victory. He teaches us to work honestly and live for others,” Prime Minister Modi said.
It has been proven beyond doubt that Dravid’s single-minded focus on the ultimate goal, i.e. giving the Under 19 team a memorable win was something that worked extremely well when he was appointed the coach of the U19 cricket team in 2014. But when Dravid was asked about all the adulations, he simply said,
It is surprising, that instead of them, I’m getting all the attention!’
Only a true sportsman can do this, and we shall be forever indebted to Shri Rahul Dravid for his immense contributions to the field of cricket, both as a player and now as a mentor. India owes you a lot, Mr. Dravid! And thank you PM Modi for mentioning him.