Congress president Rahul Gandhi concluded the phase six of his campaign in Karnataka—a state that is currently under the party’s rule.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore to hear him speak. The meeting, however, caused a traffic jam along the Hebbal route where thousands of vehicles were stranded for hours.

His speech

The Congress chief thanked the people of Bangalore for giving their best to the city. “We respect Bangalore and we recognize what Bangalore has done for the progress and prosperity of this nation,” he said.

“This city is respected globally because of the way people here work, the way they think and act. Our party will leave no stone unturned to protect your way of life,” he said.

He also promised to look into the ideas and suggestions made by the people across Karnataka. “Your suggestions will find a place in our election manifesto,” he said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Modi, he said that during the drought in Karnataka, his party did not help the state. In fact, Modi approved very little money for the state during its tough times, he said. “Is Karnataka not a part of India? he asked.

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