Congress without power is like fish out of water: PM Narendra Modi

WION Web Team Belagavi, Karnataka, India May 01, 2018, 07.52 PM(IST)

PM Modi addresses an election rally in Karnataka Photograph:( ANI )

Congress without power is like fish out of water: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held the Congress government in Karnataka responsible for "political violence that led to the death of several BJP cadres" in the state.

Prime Minister Modi assailed Congress party in his Belagavi speech. 

He said that the Congress party, when out of power, is like a fish without water. 

Recalling the period of Emergency, Modi said that Congress was the first to assault the Constitution, just to ensure that they remain in power. 

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"Congress is jealous because it was our government that got the majority and a person for humble background became the prime minister," Modi said. And that is why "they are spreading lies, dividing people on the grounds of caste," he added.  

"It is extremely shameful that the Congress government allowed violence in the state and several BJP workers were murdered. The Congress must provide an answer to the rising crime," Modi told a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally.

"I urge people of Karnataka to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi Ji's wish of disbanding the Congress party. Now, its Karnataka's turn and you should grab this opportunity," Modi said in his speech. 

Speaking in Belagavi, Modi said that many take pride in calling themselves political pundits and they attempt to analyze elections every time. 

"Earlier too attempts were made to analyse elections and these people said that it will be a hung House in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Again, similar lies were repeated. But mark my words, every time you hear the poll pundits rambling about a hung house it means that the Congress is up for a massive defeat. This is just a way to defend Congress," Modi said. 

PM Modi has ended his address with a mix of Kannada and Marathi. Remember, Belagavi district borders Maharashtra and has a significant Marathi language speaking population.

The BJP is contesting all 224 Assembly seats to return to power.