Modi blasts Karnataka govt to India thrash SA in second ODI: Top stories of the day

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounding the BJP’s poll bugle in the southern state to Indian techies offering to fund US president Donald Trump’s Mexican wall proposal for a shorter wait to get a Green Card, here are the top stories from Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the agenda for the BJP’s election campaign in Karnataka, attacking the state’s Congress government for alleged corruption. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav outsmarted South Africa to help India win their second ODI in the six-game cricket series. These stories made news on Sunday. Here is more about them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election campaign in Karnataka, telling a public rally in Bengaluru that his government at the Centre was working for “ease of living” while the state’s Congress government talked of “ease of doing murder”. “Anyone who opposes them ends up losing their life. This is dangerous for democracy and shameful for the state government,” he said. “The Congress government is at the exit gate.”

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said the Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in three by-elections last week was a “wake-up call”. Her party lost both Lok Sabha seats – Ajmer and Alwar – to the Congress. It also lost the assembly constituency of Mandalgarh to its main national rival. The results could have a bearing on Raje as she led the BJP’s campaign.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will not leave the National Democratic Alliance for now but press the central government to ensure that the state gets “its due”, said a party leader. The TDP is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s biggest southern ally and it is upset over “being ignored” in the February 1 Union Budget.