In poll-bound Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi counters BJP’s charges

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New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing press conference at AICC, New Delhi. PTI

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing press conference at AICC, New Delhi.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while campaigning in the poll-bound state of Karnataka on Monday. On the third day of his visit, Gandhi refuted with the BJP’s allegation on the Congress, saying they must instead look inwards.

“Modiji you talk of corruption. Modiji, if you have some time after talking of the past, look at your left and right sides… On one side is (B S) Yeddyurappa who has been to the jail. On the other side, as many as four (former) ministers who went to jail… and behind, 11 leaders who had to resign on charges of corruption,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi’s retort came in response to Prime Minister Modi’s oft-repeated allegations on the Congress and the previous UPA government, which faced graft allegations including the one involving coal allocation.

Criticising Centre’s economic policies in his Janashirvad Yatra, Gandhi accused the government of “failing” to create jobs and address farmer distress.

“Modiji, people of this country gave you work, farmers had given you work, youth had told you that our competition is with China. China provides job to 50,000 youths in 24 hours. Modiji has failed,” he said.

Citing his meeting with the Prime Minister on the issue of providing relief to the farmers, the Congress president said, “I had personally gone to his office and requested him to waive their loans, Narendra Modi did not even utter a word and he kept quiet.”

Lauding his party-run government in the state, Gandhi referred to the loan waiver announced by the Karnataka government. He also added that the Congress governments in the past have always worked in the interest of farmers and the poor.

“Start giving jobs to the youth, start helping farmers by waiving their loan. You don’t have much time. One year is left… Heard you are even planning to advance elections. Start working, stop giving excuses,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Referring to various initiatives of the Congress government like Article 371(J) of the Constitution, giving special status for Hyderabad-Karnataka region, farm loan waiver, employment to youths, Gandhi said, “We will work even better in the coming years on being voted to power.”

The Hyderabad-Karnataka region comprises the districts of Bidar, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, Ballari and Kalaburagi which were part of the Nizam-ruled Hyderabad state till 1948.

(With inputs from PTI)