Srirangapattana (Karnataka); With the Karnataka state assembly gearing up for elections, its war cry from Congress, that is known to have always been on the defensive, rarely venturing into an offensive, that seems visible now. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday raised questions against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stand against corruption, trashed his claims of having curtailed it and instead asked him to clean up his own party first.
“He (Prime Minister Modi) talks about corruption whenever he visits Karnataka, but does not notice his own stage. On one side there is an ex-chief minister (B.S. Yeddyurappa) who has spent time in prison,” Rahul said while addressing a public rally here.
“If you are actually against corruption, why are you not instigating an investigation against these ministers,” he added.
Branding the Prime Minister a liar, Rahul took a potshot at the former for not fulfilling his promise of waiving farmers’ loan.
“The Prime Minister cannot waive farmers’ loans. I went to office and raised the matter to him, but I got no response from him. I raised the same question to Mr Siddaramaiah and the other Congress Ministers in Karnataka, and within ten days, he sanctioned Rs. 8,000 crores to waive the loans,” he said.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica row, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, alleging that the Narendra Modi App is leaking data to US companies.
Turning up the heat on Twitter, he claimed that the Indian Prime Minister is himself allowing ‘American companies’ to take away the data of the users who sign up for the Namo application. He humorously mocked and tweeted
Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India's Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies.
Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you're doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always.https://t.co/IZYzkuH1ZH
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 25, 2018
Racheting up against the BJP and allies in Karnataka, he went on to claim that the Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) party has become a wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said, “Earlier, the ‘S’ in JDS used to stand for ‘Secular’, but since they have become a B-team for BJP, JDS means Janata Dal ‘Sangh Parivaar'”.
With elections for the 224-member Karnataka assembly on the horizon, the state has witnessed frequent visits by national leaders, from both the Congress and the BJP.
While the ruling Congress is on a stronger footing, trying to retain power in Karnataka, the BJP on the other hand is eyeing to regain the southern state.