Karnataka elections: Congress brought disrepute to Ballari, says PM Modi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi waves during a public meeting at Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology Ground in Aurad on Thursday
Congress president Rahul Gandhi waves during a public meeting at Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology Ground in Aurad on Thursday
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05 May, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hinted that the Indian National Congress, after its recent losing streak, will be reduced to a regional party post the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled for May 12.

Talking about the new State Congress president, he said, "The contest in Madhya Pradesh is between corporate supporters and farmers, and so the Congress will not be able to defeat the BJP".

"After the Karnataka results, Congress will become PPP Congress- Punjab, Puducherry and Parivar Congress", the prime minister said at the rally here.

Claiming that the BJP-RSS is assaulting Dalits across the nation, he said, "Half the money that the Indian (BJP) Government gives to the Dalits and tribal people, the Congress gives in Karnataka alone". Here's a primer on your candidate selection in Karnataka.

Continuing his tirade against the opposition party, Shah said that the BJP stood for farmers and the poor, while the Congress was synonymous with "corporate interests".

The Congress manifesto for the Karnataka Assembly polls, released on April 27, promised to create one crore jobs and spend Rs 1.25 lakh crore on irrigation over the next five years if re-elected to power.

Similarly, YSR Congress Party has also come out with anti-Congress posters there.

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Ridiculing the Congress party on its pro-farmer approach, Modi said, "Since Indira Gandhi's time, the Congress kept chanting "Gareeb" and betraying the poor to win elections".

He also said that the Congress never tried to solve the water problem in Tumakuru.

The Prime Minister had said that despite Deve Gowda opposing him, when he came to Karnataka for campaigning during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the JD (S) leader should live for 100 years and serve the society.

He pointed out that the Congress and the JD (S) have been in an alliance as they were ruling the BBMP in Bengaluru.

Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had launched a scathing attack on Bharatiya Janata Party over corruption. We would further improve this record by increasing women employment.

"The people of Karnataka are well aware of Yeddyurappa's commitment to farmers".

"Helping and serving farmers is an opportunity that comes with good fortune, but the Karnataka government's game is only to do politics in the name of farmers, instigate them, and spread false information", he said. If he would know of that promise he would not be misleading the people, says Modi.


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