Modi attacks Rahul and hierarchy politics, seeks support for safeguarding democracy

The Congress is looking to retain power under incumbent CM Siddaramaiah. "That is when you can hold the government responsible", Modi said.

Prefacing his speech with a reference to the BJP and its forerunner Jana Sangh's connect with Udupi, the prime minister recalled how people of the city voted for the nominees of the saffron party 40 years ago when their flags hardly fluttered anywhere else.

He also accused the successive Congress governments at the Centre of allowing a handful of people to "loot" banks while denying loans to poor.

Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev questioned Prime Minister's remark that Mr Gandhi should speak without a script, saying, "Do you have the integrity to speak, let alone 15 minutes, can you speak for even 15 seconds without lies and misrepresentation?"

Replying to a query on whether Siddaramaiah's repeated reference to his incarceration for alleged corruption at election meetings was harming his image, Yeddyurappa said, "He is confusing and misleading public because all corruption charges against me have been set aside by the court".

The JDS is contesting the Assembly elections in an alliance with Mayawati's BSP, which the Karnataka party hopes will be able to corner a substantial portion of the state's 24 per cent Dalit votes. Cheif Minister Siddaramaiah is also campaigning extensively to garner support for Congress.

Accusing the Congress government in the state of shielding sand mafias, Modi said those who loot can not be accepted to remain in power.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unleashed an all-out assault on the ruling Congress in Karnataka as campaigning for the May 12 assembly election entered the last leg.

"If such is the mindset, how can they think good for the people of Karnataka", wondered Modi, as the grand old party had also never respected Babasaheb Ambedkar or accepted his views.

"Was it fear that drove you to contest from two parliamentary constituencies (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat) Mr. PM Narendra Modi?".

Among the issues that have dominated this election so far are: corruption, unemployment, price rise and lack of access to drinking water. He claimed that the government led by Siddaramaiah had allowed the "sand mafia" to operate in the state.

Speaking on the Lingayat issue, the Chief Minister said, "Lingayat it is not an election issue for them but for BJP".

"The Congress must answer people of the state what work they have done in Karnataka", added Modi. For last 4 years, the Central Government has not appointed a Lokpal.

"Manmohan Singh said we will electrify villages by 2009". He lambasted Congress government in the state for looking the other way while scores of BJP workers were being killed in Karnataka.


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