Gangavathi: Referring to the ruling Janata Dal (Secular), Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his campaigning from Gangavathi called it a ‘dynastic’ party. He criticised the statement of chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, where he advised, “Those who fail to get a square meal, join the Army and become jawans.”

"It is shocking to know a chief minister's thinking is so low to say those who don't get a square meal a day join the Army and not the rich. What else can people expect from such a leader? By using such words, Kumaraswamy has insulted our patriotic soldiers who sacrifice their lives to protect the country," said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister refused to buy the clarification offered by Kumaraswamy that his words were misinterpreted. He added what he had said during a public meeting was on record for people to listen to in Kannada.

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PM Modi reminded the people of a recent statement made by Karnataka PWD Minister HD Revanna where he announced that he would retire from politics if PM Modi came back to power. A similar statement was made by his father HD Deve Gowda five years ago as well during the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

"Deve Gowda claimed he would take 'sannyas' from politics if I became Prime Minister after the 2014 general elections, but he is not only contesting for the seventh time, but has also fielded his two grandsons from Hassan and Mandya seats. Dynastic politics runs deep in the Gowda clan," said PM Modi.

He questioned if these leaders are worth believing, "Can we trust these people or take their words seriously?”

Nikhil, who is Kumaraswamy's son, is contesting from the Mandya parliamentary seat whereas Prajwal, Revanna's son, contesting from the Hassan Lok Sabha seat.

Karnataka will go on polls during the second and third phases of Lok Sabha elections on April 18 and 23.