Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for giving tickets to mining mafia Reddy Brothers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that the Prime Minister was trying to unleash “Gabbar Singh gang” (Reddy Brothers) upon Karnataka. “PM Modi plans to unleash his “Gabbar Singh gang” (Reddy bros) upon Karnataka,” Gandhi said while addressing a rally in Aurad, Karnataka.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi said that the former speaks on anti-corruption but is sharing the stage with a corrupt. “Modi ironically speaks of anti-corruption from a stage he shares with Yeddyurappa,” he said.
While talking about personal attacks being made against him by the Prime Minister, the Congress president said that PM Modi has nothing to say about Karnataka and to its people due to which he resorts to personal attacks. “PM Modi has nothing to say about Karnataka and has no plans for the people of the state. This is why he resorts to personal attacks against me. His jibes are unbecoming of a PM,” he said. He further alleged that the BJP-RSS duo did not care about Karnataka, but was only interested in polarising people to win elections.
Pitching for Congress, the party president said the grand old party has always stood for unity, compassion and an inclusive Karnataka, while the BJP has always resorted to hatred and division. “This election is a contest between two ideologies. On one hand, there’s Congress with its ideology of unity, compassion & an inclusive Karnataka while on the other, we have BJP-RSS with its ideology of hatred & division,” he said.
Drawing a contrast between Prime Minister Modi and himself, Rahul Gandhi said that he has never resorted to personal attacks but the former does that all the time. “PM Modi resorts to personal attacks and character assassination when he’s desperate. I never resort to personal attacks. Instead, I ask questions. Questions PM Modi doesn’t answer,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi also said that they follow leader Basavanna’s philosophy “walk the talk” and asserted that his party would fulfil all the promises being made from the stage he is standing on. “All promises made to you from this stage will be fulfilled,” Rahul Gandhi said. He also mentioned that they fulfilled 90 percent of the promises they made in 2013.
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12, the results of which will be announced on May 15.