Mangaluru, April 13, 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Lok Sabha polls was not about choosing the prime minister or a government, but on how "New India" should be in the 21st century.
Addressing a massive rally here, he also hit out at the Congress, saying that the country gave it an opportunity in the 20th century, but the party lost it by handing it over to one family.
Slamming the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka, Modi said the inspiration for the two ruling coalition partners was "Pariwarvad" (dynasty), but for the BJP it was "Rashtrawad" (nationalism).
Modi also described the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka as the "enemy" of farmers, accusing it of having failed to provide a list of beneficiaries for the Centre’s scheme to deposit Rs 6,000 a year into farmers’ accounts.
He also said that the "Mahamilavat" (adulterated) culture of Congress has destroyed not only traditions, but also weakened the Defence and the economy.
PM Modi urges people to get down from trees
In a heart-winning move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, while addressing a public meeting in Mangaluru, inquired about the safety of his audience, who climbed up tress to catch a glimpse of him, as the crowd swells. Requesting his supporters to climb down the trees, a ’concerned’ Modi said, "Are you safe there? Please take care of yourself. If you get hurt, I will be very sad. Please come down".
"You should not take such risks," Modi tells the crowd, adding that "I am all yours. Will come back and meet again". Touched by his impressive move, the group of supporters, in the same clip, was seen chanting his names, in a thunderous roar - Mo-di! Mo-di! Mo-di!
Thanking people for gathering in such a large number, Modi said, "When I was coming here from the airport which was a long journey, I saw a human wall is there on both the sides of the road. I thought if so many people are here, who will be there at the rally. But same number of people are present here as well".