Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, in Chikkaballapur on Saturday. Image Credit: ANI

Bengaluru: A man who ran towards India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election roadshow was intercepted by the police in Karnataka’s Davangere on Saturday, reports said.

The intruder, who has been identified as a young man from Koppal district, is being questioned by the police, NDTV said.

This was the second attempted security breach after a similar incident in the BJP-ruled state’s Hubballi district.

Senior police officer Alok Kumar on seeing the man try to breach the barricade ran towards him and intercepted him. A Special Protection Group commando also ran after him, the report said.

In January, a boy jumped on the road suddenly and managed to get within an arm’s length of PM Modi in Karnataka’s Hubballi. He was intercepted at the last minute and whisked away by the SPG.

The boy was carrying a garland and was apparently trying to felicitate PM Modi, who was riding on the running board of an SUV and waving to cheering crowds, NDTV said.

Earlier, Modi said India will emerge as a “developed” nation by 2047 with efforts of every single individual.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating Madhusudan Sai Medical Sciences and Research Institute of Satya Sai Ashram at Muddenahalli in Chikkaballapur.

“People ask how will India progress to become a developed nation within a short period by 2047, which marks the 100th year of independence? The answer with conviction and commitment would be “sab ka prayason se” (with the efforts of all).

The dream will turn into a reality with the hard work of every single individual of the country. The government is encouraging collective efforts. The role of social and religious institutions in this regard is also important, Modi stated.

There were less than 380 medical colleges in the country and after BJP took over, the number has increased to 650. Among them, 40 are located in the aspirational districts. The number of medical seats have been increased in the country considerably, Modi said.

Number of doctors who passed out in 75 years, will now graduate in 10 years. There are 70 medical colleges in Karnataka and a double engine government has established one in Chikkaballapur, he noted.

The previous governments were engaged in enacting games over languages. No step was taken to ensure medical and engineering education in Kannada language. No interest was shown. “Now, provision has been made to pursue medical education in all Indian languages, including Kannada,” Modi explained.

The opposition has treated the poor as their vote bank. But, BJP made it the highest objective to uplift the poor. The BJP is providing them with medicines at a cheaper price through Pradhan Mantri Janaushad outlets. The poor did not dare to go to hospitals and the government has made arrangements to get free treatment up to Rs500,000, Modi said.