The support for the Congress in Karnataka was visibly evident when party chief Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to the state this week.

As part of the Jana Aashirwada Yatre, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day trip to Karnataka. On Tuesday, he inaugurated the Rajiv Gandhi Political Institute in Udupi, hosted a meeting in Padubidri in Udupi, and addressed a large gathering at Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru City. As part of the religious tour, he visited Gokharnateswara temple, Rosario Church, and Ullal Durgah in Mangaluru.

Rahul Gandhi visited Dakshina Kannada (DK) district on Wednesday. He met with the Congress block presidents in the DK district and Udupi.

Later in the day, he will pay a visit to Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri Mutt. Rahul Gandhi will interact with the students of Rajiv Gandhi Sanskrit University. He will address two public meetings that will be held at Chikkamagaluru and Hassan.

Addressing a gathering in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi pointed out that the ruling BJP has not kept its word and had taken Indians for a ride. Referring to Modi’s 2014 promise to the Indian citizens, he said that the Prime Minister had given his word to create over 2 crore jobs in the country and deposit Rs15 lakh in every Indian’s account. “What happened to those promises?” asked Rahul Gandhi. He said that Modi's ministers themselves agree that unemployment in the country is highest today when compared to the last 8 years.

He also pointed out that Modi has been talking a lot about empowering the farmer community, but his words haven’t translated into action.

He said that the Prime Minister had promised to help farmers by increasing the MSP by 1.5 times, but hasn’t done anything so far. Hinting at BJP’s pro-corporate stance, he said that the Modi government has waived off over Rs 2.50 lakh crore of corporate loans but has refused to waive off the loans of poor farmers. This shows that the party does not care for the poor, he said.

Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress party believes in working for the whole of India and developing every section of society. “We will work towards the welfare of farmers across the country and waive their loans if need be,” he promised.

Shedding light on a collaborative effort, he said that one man (Modi) cannot change India for the better. “All the 120 crore Indians must play a role to see the progress of the nation.

Congress party is looking at a collaboration of efforts and unite everyone to take India forward,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi, who visited a few temples in Dakshina Kannada district, highlighted the teachings of Narayana Guru and Basavanna in one of his speeches.“Shri Narayana Guru’s teachings emphasize that despite our difference in our thoughts and beliefs, we are one and God is present in all of us,” he said, adding that the same thought is also reflected in Basavanna’s teachings.

During his Karnataka tour, Rahul Gandhi also visited the children at an Anganwadi in Yeyyadi. Supporters of the Congress said that Prime Minister Modi must think twice before criticizing the government of Karnataka. “PM Modi must see the condition and environment of Anganwadi of Karnataka and compare it with other states,” they said.

‘BJP should stop spreading lies’

Rahul Gandhi urged Prime Minister Modi to make the most of his last year in power and work towards the progress of the country. “Prime Minister Modi comes to Karnataka and talks about corruption while being seated with ministers who spent time in jail for corruption.He seems to think that the people of Karnataka do not see through his lies,” said Rahul Gandhi.

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