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Addressing a massive rally at Bangarapet, PM Modi said these elections were not about who would win or lose, but, fulfilling aspirations of people. He accused the Karnataka Congress leaders for patronising courtiers who only bowed to Congress leaders in Delhi not the aspirations of the people.

Shri Modi said that Congress culture, Communalism, Casteism, Crime, Corruption and Contractor system were the six evils which the Congress party stood for.

Taking a jibe at the former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, PM Shri Narendra Modi remarked, “During the UPA Government, there was one Prime Minister and one remote control. In the NDA Government, our remote control and the high command are the 125 crore people of India. Whatever the high command- the people of India tell me, I will do.”

Hitting out at the Congress President, the PM said, “Yesterday someone made an important declaration- he said, "I am going to be PM!" He came like those bullies, barging his way ahead when there are others who have many years of experience. How can someone just declare himself as the PM? This is simply nothing but arrogance.”

“To remove Modi, there are big meetings being held. How will the big leaders who attend these meetings react to this sudden announcement by one 'Naamdaar' that he is going to be PM”, Shri Modi added further.

He accused the Congress to be involved in deals. Shri Modi quoted one of the posts of Congress MP and former Karnataka CM Shri Veerappa Moily blaming a PWD Minister for deal-making and that Congress will have to solve their “money problem”.

Shri Modi also took note of how the Congress misled the Dalit, SC and ST communities and did nothing for their welfare. He said that lies and rumours were being spread by the Congress as elections were nearing. He assailed the Congress for humiliating and disrespecting Dr. Babashaeb Ambedkar and babu Jagjivan Ram.

Exuding confidence in the BJP, Shri Modi said that Congress fears defeat in these elections and because of this they are spreading lies that there would be a hung assembly in Karnataka.

Continuing his tirade against the Congress party, he said, “Congress only wants to remain in power. In 1978, Indira Ji came here, took your votes but never cared for people of this region. Congress never thought about welfare of people of Chikmagalur. Sonia Ji too contested from Bellari, but what happened to promises made in Bellari.”

Accusing the Congress of being power hungry, Prime Minister remarked that throughout the day, a Congress leader thinks only about one thing - how to be the Prime Minister? Such is the arrogance of the 'Naamdaars'.

"A Congress Leader thinks that the Prime Minister's seat is reserved for just one family. He thinks that the seat is his right. Congress barely got 40 seats in the Parliament. His ego is such that he comes to Karnataka and says that he will become the prime minister in 2019," PM Modi added.

Addressing a well attended public rally in Chikamagalur, he said that Congress party, after facing defeats in every election, are busy criticizing the EVMs and the Election Commission. For them EVM, EC, CAG, CBI and ED are wrong and only Congress is right.

Referring to Congress leaders, PM Modi said that they are out on bail in a Rs. 5000 crore scam and now they question the judiciary and even call for impeachment of the Chief Justice.

Speaking about Congress seeking proves on the Centre’s every steps, Shri Modi said when our army conducts surgical strikes, instead to appreciating the valour of our Jawans, Congress shamefully calls them wrong and asks for proofs. Also, when the World Bank and other rating agencies present reports on India's easing business environment and the country's growth, then also Congress alleges that they are wrong.

Campaigning in Belagavi, the Prime Minister said that when leaders put out advertisements on their rallies, it is assumed lot of people will join. “The Congress only writes - corner meetings, this shows people do not want to connect with them. Congress is out of the mind and hearts of people. People have rejected their politics,” he added furthermore.

"Why is the agenda of the Congress only Modi, I fail to understand," wondered the PM.

Referring to Karnataka’s CM gaffe, Shri Modi highlighted that the Chief Minister was campaigning for a Congress candidate whose name is also Narendra...but he only kept saying Narendra Modi and praised Narendra Modi too, the truth seems to have come out.

Now, the Congress has resorted to such measures which insult democracy. Today, there were bundles of fake voter ID cards found, he said. "Why were these fake voter IDs needed? This must not be limited to just one place. Congress must have engaged in this scam throughout Karnataka," the PM added.

“Since 2014 I am fighting a battle against the corrupt and I assure the people of India- those who looted the poor will have to return every penny. The 21st century is about embracing technology. We have used technology in the working of the government, which has helped bring transparency,” remarked Shri Modi.

Addressing a massive rally at Bidar, PM Narendra Modi said that the affection of people for the BJP across Karnataka was a clear indication of Congress party’s defeat. Remembering Bhagwan Basaveshwara, the PM remarked, “Bidar is the land of Anubhava Mantapa of Bhagwan Basaveshwara. He spread the messages of democracy, women empowerment, women participation, fighting social evils like casteism.”

In a scathing attack on the Congress, PM Modi said that those who had only seen Pariwaarvaad, and Vanshvaad, would never understand the importance of democracy which was why they thought no one other than them had the right to become PM. This, Shri Modi said was an insult of democracy, adding that only people had the right to decide who would become the PM, not the 'Naamdaars'.

“When Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Batukeshwar Dutt, Veer Savarkar, greats like them were jailed fighting for the country's independence, did any Congress leader go to meet them? But the Congress leaders go and meet the corrupt who have been jailed. Congress is supporting those who are corrupt. Such things cannot be accepted”, the PM added further added.

Elections after elections, PM Modi remarked that people in every state across India rejected the Congress and now it is Karnataka's time to reject them.

On the matter of women’s safety, PM Modi said that the Centre had approved stringent punishments including death penalty for those who commit devilish deeds against women. Such things, he said cannot be tolerated at all and also strongly disapproved making such heinous crimes a political issue.

The Prime Minister said that the NDA Government opened bank accounts for the poor and brought them in financial mainstream through ‘Jan Dhan’ but Congress party was working for 'Bhrasht Dhan'.

Further adding he said, “Did the Congress government in Karnataka tell people what they have done in the last five years? They just keep saying - What did Modi do? They must be answerable. They should tell people what they have done for Karnataka. 'Atkana,' 'Latkana' and 'Bhatkana'...This is Congress' speciality. This is their work culture.”


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Prime Minister’s Departure Statement ahead of his visit to Rome and Glasgow
October 28, 2021

I will be visiting Rome, Italy and the Vatican City, at the invitation of H.E. Prime Minister Mario Draghi, following which I will travel to Glasgow, United Kingdom from 1-2 November 2021 at the invitation of H.E. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In Rome, I will attend the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit, where I will join other G20 Leaders in discussions on global economic and health recovery from the pandemic, sustainable development, and climate change. This will be the first in-person Summit of the G20 since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 and will allow us to take stock of the current global situation and exchange ideas on how the G20 can be an engine for strengthening economic resilience and building back inclusively and sustainably from the pandemic.

During my visit to Italy, I will also visit the Vatican City, to call on His Holiness Pope Francis and meet Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, I will also meet with leaders of other partner countries and review the progress in India’s bilateral relations with them.

Following the conclusion of the G20 Summit on 31 October, I will depart for Glasgow to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). I will be participating in the high-level segment of COP-26 titled ‘World Leaders’ Summit’ (WLS) on 1-2 November, 2021 along with 120 Heads of States/Governments from around the world.

In line with our tradition of living in harmony with nature and culture of deep respect for the planet, we are taking ambitious action on expanding clean & renewable energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity. Today, India is creating new records in collective effort for climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience and forging multilateral alliances. India is among the top countries in the world in terms of installed renewable energy, wind and solar energy capacity.At the WLS, I will share India’s excellent track record on climate action and our achievements.

I will also highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues including equitable distribution of carbon space, support for mitigation and adaptation and resilience building measures, mobilization of finance, technology transfer and importance of sustainable lifestylesfor green and inclusive growth.

COP26 Summit will also provide an opportunity to meet with all the stakeholders including leaders of partner countries, innovators and Inter-Governmental Organization and explore the possibilities for further accelerating our clean growth.