PM strikes emotional chord with M’lureans, flays Congress

BJP leaders felicitate Narendra Modi with a Thenkuthittu Yakshagana headgear, made by Mahalasa Art School student Soumya, during the public rally at Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Mangaluru city for the first time after he became the prime minister, struck an emotional chord with Mangalureans, much to the applause of the crowd.

Addressing a huge gathering at Nehru Maidan here on Saturday night, the prime minister began his speech in Tulu by referring to Lord Manjunatha, Rani Abbakka, Narayana Guru, Karnad Sadashiv Rao and Koti Chennaya.

He later attacked the Congress.

Stating that there are several mafias, including liquor mafia, education mafia, land mafia, sand mafia, cable mafia and transfer/posting mafia in the state, Modi said that if a common man wants to build or repair his house, then he will have to go to 10 different places to buy sand.

At the same time, stating that over two dozen BJP activists have been murdered during the Congress rule, Modi sought to know whether it is democracy.

Safe Karnataka mission

Modi said the BJP government’s mission is ‘Safe Karnataka’. All these years, parents used to ask their daughters the reason for delay in returning home if it was late.

“It is time to ask sons, the reason for delay in returning home, if there is any delay,” he said and added that the Union government has brought in a law in the form of death penalty for rapists.

He also said that though his government wanted to do away with the triple talaq and succeded in Lok Sabha, it could not be passed in Rajya Sabha as the Congress has a majority there.

He reiterated that he would not rest till the last person in the society gets back his share which was looted by the Congress in the last 60 years.

Modi said till his government came to power, there were news about “how much has been lost due to various scams”. However after his government came to power, the media has been carrying news on “how much has been deposited in the treasury.”

Mocking at the Congress, he said that the Congress is yet to come out from the demonetisation shock.

The prime minister said that the people would teach a lesson to the arrogant government and the Congress would be fish out of water after May 15.

Praises local food

Earlier heaping praises on Mangalureans, he said that he still remembers the local delicacies ‘Neer Dose,’ ‘Moode’ and ‘Sajjige Bajil’ he savoured during his last visit and also the cheering crowd at 1 am at Mangaluru airport when he was on way to Lakshadweep.

When BJP leader Vishweshwar Bhat started to translate Modi’s speech, a large number of people shouted against the translation much to the surprise of Modi. “Translation nahin chahiye... mujhse itna pyar...” (You don’t want translation... you love me so much...), he said amidst cheering crowd.

BJP candidates from Dakshina Kannada Vedvyas Kamath (Mangaluru South), Dr Bharath Shetty (Mangaluru North), Santhosh Boliyar (Mangaluru), Rajesh Naik (Bantwal), Harish Poonja (Belthangady), S Angara (Sullia), Sanjeev Matandoor (Puttur), Umanath Kotian (Moodbidri), from Kodagu - K G Bopaiah (Virajpet), Appachhuranjan (Madikeri), MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLCs Capt Ganesh Karnik and Kota Srinivas Poojary were present during the public campaign.

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