Rahul Gandhi began today's campaign after having breakfast at Kuknoor Guest House in Koppal district.
He brought up the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying it was the "biggest issue" of corruption in the country now, Gandhi emphasized that earlier, the Rafale contract was given to Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which has been making aircraft for the Indian Air Force for 70 years. He advised Mr Modi to take a leaf from the life of Basavanna, the twelfth century social reformer, who propounded the concept, Kaayakave Kailasa (Work is Worship). "Even if you talk, you only talk about the past".
Accusing the Modi government of failing to create 2 crore jobs per annum the Bharatiya Janata Party promised ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi said unemployment and the farm crisis were major challenges facing the nation.
"That's the reason your vehicle falls into ditch or faces accident... Aren't you ashamed? #RahulMustAnswer #CongressKilledFarmers", the state unit of the BJP said on Twitter on Sunday.
Responding to Gandhi's jibe, the government said that the Rafale deal was better in many aspects than the one "notionally negotiated" by the Congress regime, which could not conclude it in ten years.
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Pointing out that the previous BJP government had seen three chief ministers, he said four ministers had gone to jail and had to resign.
The Congress president, who is traveling by a special bus along with the other state leaders, received an enthusiastic response from the party workers and people who had gathered in large numbers on both sides of the road at different places in the state.
Stepping up his attack on the BJP, Gandhi said while the Siddaramaiah government had a scam-free record, the BJP had broken "world record" in graft in Karnataka.
Gandhi said, "Modiji had gone to Paris in France".