New Delhi, Apr 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lashed out at the Congress while addressing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and candidates ahead of the upcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 via the Narendra Modi app. Taking a dig at the Congress, Modi said that the party does not speak of development and development is quantifiable. “We know other political parties hesitate to talk on development because development can be quantified. This was unacceptable to those parties which only concentrated on division. They give a lollipop of fake promises to a particular community and then do the same with another community in next elections. We govern and also fight elections based only on development model,” Modi said. Also Read - Govt Mulls Phased Withdrawal of 21-day Lockdown; Asks States to Come up With Common Exit Strategy

He accused the Congress and its ‘well-wishers’ of spreading “lies” in the media through “fake opinion polls” predicting a hung assembly in Karnataka. Modi said that the Congress is scared of the outcome and is, therefore, spreading lies that there will be a hung assembly so that the voters get demotivated and do not come out to vote. Also Read - Nationwide Lockdown May Extend Beyond April 14 as Coronavirus Cases Rise Over 2,000; Death Toll at 53

Hitting out at the Congress government in Karnataka, Modi said, “In 4 years of UPA, only 20 lakh household toilets were built with Rs 350 crore, whereas in 4 years of NDA, 34 lakh toilets were built with Rs 2,100 crore.” He added that the politics of the country won’t be purified till “Congress culture” exists in the country. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Discusses COVID-19 Situation

Speaking with BJP workers in Karnataka, Modi said all ‘karyakartas’ in the state must connect with the voters.

Karnataka is set to go to polls on May 12 while counting of votes will take place on May 15. A few opinion polls have pointed at the possibility of a hung Assembly in Karnataka, indicating that the Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party while BJP could be a close second. However, PM Modi has dismissed such polls as ‘propaganda’ saying that the BJP is confident of winning and the Congress is “scared”.