Stop giving speeches and start working: Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi

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Yeddyurappa, who is BJP's Karnataka unit president, also took to Twitter to welcome the Congress president by calling him an "election Hindu".

Gandhi also claimed that the Modi government was slowly ignoring the loans of businessmen who had a debt of around Rs 10 lakh crore but was not ready to write off farmers debt.

"Hitting back at Modi for criticising the policies of erstwhile Congress governments, Gandhi had said at a public meeting at Ballari yesterday that he is running the country by looking just in the rear view mirror, "which will cause accidents".

BJP has come down heavily on Mr Gandhi and Mr Siddaramaiah who have been attacking the party on the issue of corruption and scams, for inducting MLA B Nagendra and former BJP Minist Singh, who are facing charges relating to illegal mining. "I want to tell a few things about this to you", he said launching "Janashirvad Yatra" of the ruling Congress in the state.

Rahul Gandhi will tour districts of Hyderabad-Karnataka till February 13 and end his visit at Bidar- the northernmost part of Karnataka.

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Noting that he had earlier visited the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, Modi hailed him as "one of the greatest leaders in history". Both sides signed agreements worth around USD50 million that includes setting up of a USD30 million super specialty hospital.

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.

Tearing into Modi's claims on development, Rahul advised the PM to learn from Chief Minister Siddharamaiah on how to run the Government.

"Arun Jaitleyji yesterday (Thursday) said in Parliament that we did not disclose the prices of defence purchases".

Gandhi is on his maiden visit to Karnataka after taking over the reins of the party in mid-December from his mother Sonia Gandhi and ahead of assembly polls in the southern state, due in late April or early May. He further stated that since the party's victory in the 2014 elections, the saffron party has used social media effectively to dispense the message that they have gone the last mile using social media.

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