Congress President Rahul Gandhi leads the move having addressed several Kisan rallies in different states, launching a virulent attack on the Modi Government for being "apathetic" to the plight of peasants.
Modi, who is campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for a second day, addressed the rally for some 30 minutes in Hindi.
This is seen as Modi's attempt to assuage hurt feelings of the farmers and also gain their confidence in poll bound Karnataka.
The tweet more or less set the tone for the political bickering that followed electioneering in the months ahead. "I want to ask the Congress, where did your candlelight march go when this was happening in Bidar?" asked PM Modi. "The BJP Government that will come to power and the BJP Government in Delhi that is committed to the cause of farmers will work together to bring a change", he said. But he also used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing the government of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of being insensitive to farmers' plight, manipulating them and "playing politics" with them. "It's not expected of them to accept this sin but they can at least keep quiet when our government has approved its implementation", Mr. Modi remarked. "In 1948, after defeating Pakistan, General Thimayya was insulted by PM Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon".
"Congress has no respect for the sacrifices of our soldiers".
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Modi also referred to a statement by former Lok Sabha MP and Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit where he likened Army chief General Bipin Rawat to a "sadak ka gunda".
"The BJP's memorandum says", In a public meeting on 1st May 2018 at Kalaburagi in Karnataka, Ghulam Nabi Azad, together with Mallikarjun Kharge, both very senior leaders of INC (Indian National Congress) had appealed to Muslims to cast their vote enmasse in favor of Congress candidates.
Both Rahul and PM Modi are in Karnataka now to campaign for their respective parties.
Modi said his government had taken numerous steps to further the welfare of the Dalit and tribal communities. In fact, he began the Karnataka election campaign by offering prayers at Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple, around 100 km from Mangaluru.