To: Anantkumar Hegde. From: Narendra Modi. RSVP: regret.

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Forget the “2+1” formula he hissed about in Santhemarahalli. Ignore the 15-minute “dare” he gave Rahul Gandhi while reminding him of his mother’s mother tongue.

Or the paeans he sung in praise of H.D. Deve Gowda in Udupi, and the wikipedia entry he read about Dakshina Kannada’s banking history.

The most important thing Narendra Modi said during his election rallies in Karnataka yesterday was in Chikkodi.

And it is not on page one in any newspaper.

The prime minister said, inter alia:

“No power on earth can remove the provision of reservations guaranteed under the Constitution written by Dr B.R. Ambedkar. Not just the BJP, no force on earth has the power to change the Constitution.”

The PM’s claim comes against the backdrop of minister of state for skill development Anantkumar Hegde‘s public assertion that the BJP had only come to power to change the Constitution.

Hegde’s comment has become the spark for a nationwide “Save the Constitution” movement.

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