Karnataka Govt ‘gold medalist’ in graft, Congress insulting national heroes: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2018 09:41:01



THE Karnataka Government is a ‘gold medalist’ in corruption and Congress leaders are ‘drunk on power’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, as he gave an adrenaline boost to the BJP’s election campaign in the State days before it goes to poll.

Flagging nationalism, Modi flayed the Congress for ‘insulting’ national heroes and the Army.
He rubbished pollsters’ prediction about a hung Assembly and asserted that the BJP would form a government on its own as people have made up their mind to “demolish the Congress’s last fortress”.

Days after castigating Congress President Rahul Gandhi for ‘insulting’ former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda for calling his JD(S) the ‘B team’ of the BJP, Modi asked people not to ‘waste’ their votes by backing Gowda’s party as it was going to finish ‘a poor, distant third’ in the elections.

Under attack over the BJP giving tickets to the controversial Reddy brothers, allegedly involved in a mammoth mining scam, Modi launched a counteroffensive against the Karnataka Government, accusing it of thwarting the Centre’s attempts to check illegal mining by not formulating a mining policy.

Dubbing the Siddaramaiah government as “seedha rupaiah government” (corrupt), a punning allusion to the Chief Minister’s name, Modi said an ordinary man cannot get done any work without bribing officials. “Because of this seedha rupaiah Government Karnataka is immersed in debt,” he told an election rally in Ballari.

Addressing a rally in Bengaluru, he called the Siddaramaiah Government a “gold medalist in corruption where there is competition between departments and ministers over who is more corrupt.” “There is lawlessness in the city not because of nothing. A Congress MLA’s son beats up innocent people and the Government protects him...Their leaders are drunk on power,” he said, referring to lawmaker N A Haris’ son Mohammad Nalapad, who beat up a man at a cafe in Bengaluru some time back.