The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched its campaign for the Lok Sabha election in style in the city on Tuesday when the party’s prime ministerial candidate M. Narendra Modi addressed the rally at the Nehru maidan which attracted a large number of people.

Pending official announcement, the party made it clear that it was rallying behind sitting MP Nalin Kumar Kateel as its candidate for the Lok Sabha, the dates for which are yet to be decided by the Election Commission of India.

The former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda alleged that the Congress-led government had failed in controlling inflation. The wrong economic policies adopted by the Centre had resulted in high inflation in the last a decade, he said. Mr. Kateel alleged that the UPA government had failed to control terrorist activities. He said that the Centre did not have guts to ban cow slaughter in the country.

Karkala MLA V. Sunil Kumar alleged the Congress was following “appeasing politics” in the country. He alleged the police stations in the State under the Congress rule had become “Congress offices”.

The general secretary of the State unit of the party C. T. Ravi said the Congress government in the State has not yet “taken off”. Mr. Ravi also alleged the State government was vision-less and claimed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent road show was a failure in the State.

A large number of party activists from different taluks of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasaragod district of Kerala attended the rally.

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