Bengalore:Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi led the political battle in Karnataka on Thursday ahead of the Assembly elections in the state, which are scheduled to be held on 12 May. Modi and Rahul traded allegations on several issues, ranging from corruption to divisive politics.
Modi termed the Karnataka government a “gold medalist” in corruption. On the other hand, Rahul said the Congress would defeat the ‘hate-mongering’ BJP with love. Uttar Pradesh chief minister also campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state and accused the Congress of supporting ‘jihadis’.
The Congress president launched the eighth phase of his campaign in Karnataka on Thursday. Resuming his “Jana Aashirwada Yatre”, Rahul took part in four corner meetings starting from Aurad. Addressing the gathering in Aurad, the Congress president described the election in Karnataka as a “battle of two ideologies”.
“On one side there is Congress which believes in empowerment, while on the other side are RSS-BJP, and Narendra Modi and BS Yeddyurappa who want to spread RSS’ ideology across India. They only want that the ideology from RSS’ Nagpur office should prevail in India,” he said.
Rahul attacked Modi on the issue of farm loan waiver and drew a contrast between the prime minister and Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s approach to the issue. “We gave you a manifesto five years ago. We fulfilled 90 percent of those promises in the manifesto. Modi has waived Rs 2.5 lakh crore of 15 of the richest people in India. I approached Modi in his office and appealed to waive farmers’ loans. He just stared at me and said nothing. I raised the same issue with Siddaramaiah, and he waived farmer loans in the next ten days,” he said.
The Congress chief also took a dig at Modi for supporting BJP chief ministerial face BS Yeddyurappa. “Modi ironically speaks of anti-corruption from a stage he shares with Yeddyurappa,” he said.
He said that the Congress followed Basavanna principle of “walk the talk”. “All promises made to you from this stage will be fulfilled,” he said.
Addressing a gathering in Bhalki, Rahul further sharpened his attack on Modi over the issue of corruption by claiming that the prime minister had “fielded the entire gang of Gabbar Singh”, hinting at the BJP’s association with the Reddy brothers. “You brought Gabbar Singh Tax but this time you have gone even further. You have fielded the entire gang of Gabbar Singh. There is Gabbar, Sambha, Kalia, and all of them…. Reddy brothers gang, which was in jail…. You are trying to get them inducted into the Assembly, and you tell the country that you are fighting against corruption,” he said.
Rahul also attacked the prime minister on the issue of absconding businessman Nirav Modi and the Rafale deal. “In Rafale (deal), you snatched contract from (public sector) HAL. The Aircraft which was to cost Rs 700 crore, you bought for Rs 1,500 crore,” he alleged.
The Congress president also sought to highlight the Karnataka government’s contribution towards education for the girl child and alleged that Modi will turn Karnataka into Gujarat. “While Karnataka worked to offer free education to the girl child, in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, people have to struggle to afford education for their children because of blatant privatisation (of schools). Here you can do it for free. That’s the difference between his governance and ours,” Rahul said.
“Modiji had said, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’; but now the whole country has come up with a new slogan ‘Beti Bachao from BJP’s MLAs’,” Rahul added. He also targeted Modi over his ‘failure’ to provide 2 crore jobs to the youth and asked him to “practice what you preach”.
The Congress chief said that his party would defeat the “hate-mongering BJP” with “love”. “The battle is between two ideologies. The hate-mongering BJP has launched a systematic attack upon Karnataka’s people, its history, language and Basavanna’s ideology. But it won’t win. We will defeat them but with love. Because that is our culture,” Rahul said.
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