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BENGALURU : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday targeted the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) coalition in Karnataka, stating that national security was not a priority for the coalition partners, lending to the narrative of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) that is using the cross border strikes to whip up support in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

National security has taken centre stage in the ongoing polls after the Pulwama attacks and subsequent action taken by India including bombing terror training camps in Balakot in Pakistan.

“I remember that when air strike was conducted Pakistan was sleeping. Pakistan told the whole world that there was a strike by India and they started crying. There were some people in our country who got hurt when the attack was launched across the border," Modi said in Bagalkot, about 475 kms from Bengaluru.

Modi even poking fun at the opposition who he said confused Balakot in Pakistan with Bagalkot in Karnataka and using this misinformation to target the centre.

“The chief minister said the Balakot airstrikes should not harm the vote bank. Tell me, is Congress and JD(S)’ vote bank in Balakot or Bagalkot?" he said.

The BJP has used the 2016 cross border surgical strikes and the recent actions to send Indian Air Force jets to Pakistan to dodge the opposition’s charges that includes lack of job creation, fledgling economy and the adverse impact of demonetisation and shoddy implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) among other issues as failures of the government.

Modi even assuring that India would be made free of terrorists and Naxals if the party was given another term in office.

Any doubts raised on the impact of the airstrikes attracting vicious reactions, both on and offline, with most Modi supporters quick to branding the former category as anti-nationals.

The Congress has hit back stating that the Modi government was trying to hide behind the nation’s armed forces to hide from charges of corruption, preferential treatment to big industrialists and the cold shoulder given to farmers, suffering from piling debts.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the party would have two budgets--one national and one farmer--if it is voted to power to set right the problems amplified by the five year Modi government.

"In the farmers' budget we will announce MSP for various crops in advance so that farmers know what they will get. We will (also) announce the amount of insurance (premium) payable (by farmers) and what the would farmers get," the Press Trust of India reported on Thursday. Gandhi was addressing a public meeting in Vanthli in Junagadh district of Gujarat.

“We will not allow formation of two Indias. If we have one flag, then we should have one nation. If Ambani gets justice, farmers should also get justice," Gandhi said.

The two parties have tried to focus on the farming community in its election manifestos as well in recent polls and the ongoing parliamentary elections. The BJP has promised direct cash transfers of 6000 per acre, per year to farmers while Congress has promised farm loan waivers and other forms of relief to the agrarian community, seeped in distress due to failing rains and plummeting prices of produce.

In Karnataka, Modi has spared no opportunity to target chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy.

He said that drama and emotions were constantly used to manipulate people, in an apparent reference to Kumaraswamy and his father, former PM H.D.Deve Gowda who have were seen shedding tears alleging that they were being targeted by the centre.

“PM Modi alleged opposition parties use emotions 4 votes.But it is Mr.Modi himself who is playing with the emotions of people in the name of religion & terrorism.Had he been confident of his devlpmnt work to bring in votes Y would he resort to propaganda movie & TV channel in his name?" Kumaraswamy hit back on Twitter.

Modi even accused the Congress of being divisive as they tried to break the dominant Lingayat community by heeding to a few politically motivated personalities.

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