Chamarajanagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lamented that development in Karnataka has been blocked by the ruling Congress due to its obsession with family politics.

“Where there is Congress, all roads that lead to development are blocked. There is only family politics, corruption and lack of harmony,” Modi told a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Santhemarahalli village, about 170 km south of Bengaluru.

Launching the BJP’s election campaign in the district for the upcoming assembly election, Modi addressed hundreds of people, including party cadres. “We hear in Delhi that there is a BJP wave in Karnataka. But as I see it, it’s not just a wave but a storm,” thundered Modi.

The Prime Minister’s 40-minute speech in Hindi was simultaneously translated into Kannada, a first since his visits to the southern state over the past few months, so as to connect with the people in the local language.