Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka updates: Congress president slams Narendra Modi for note ban, says PM keeps lying

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Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka updates: Congress president slams Narendra Modi for note ban, says PM keeps lying
  • 19:36 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi concludes address by thanking people of Karnataka

  • 19:32 (IST)

    JD(S) not a serious contender, playing BJP's team-B

    "JD(S) is nothing but BJP's B-team. They have decided, they are here to make BJP win. They are helping BJP through the backdoor, thinking that the people of Karnataka don't understand what is happening. I want to say that let them bring in A-team, B-team or C-team, only Congress party will win, because it represents everyone from Dalits to backwards to tribals," Rahul said. 

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Modi's talk on corruption hollow; PM was flanked by those who spent time in jail

    "Because Modi ji has raised the issue of corruption, even I will add two words. Modi ji talks of corruption but is accompanied by those (BS Yeddyurappa) who have been to jail. While Congress party made banks accessible for people, Modi ji made you stand in lines by implementing note bank," Rahul said. 

  • 19:24 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi recounts Siddaramaiah's welfare schemes

    Rahul Gandhi recounted the welfare schemes by the Karnataka government. He said that the government ensured free education from KG to PG for girls, gave out free 7 kg rice to each and every poor person and opened Indira canteen for subsidised food. 

    He also said that the Siddaramaiah government spends half of what the Centre spends across the entire nation on welfare of dalits and tribals. 

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Guru Narayandas' teachings run in our blood 

    "Guru Narayandas and Basvanna's teachings runs in Congress' blood. And the same teachings run in the blood of every person in Karnataka. Prime Minister Modi speak of their teachings but they don't understand it," Rahul said. 

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi brings Mahabharata analogy again, calls BJP power hungry kauravs

    "The whole of India knows that Kauravs fought for the truth while the Pandavs fought for the truth. We are fighting for the truth but BJP can do anything for power. They bought power in Arunachal Pradesh, purchased MLAs in Goa. They will do whatever it takes o snatch power." Rahul said. 

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi draws Gujarat analogy to praise Siddaramaiah govt

    "Here in Karnataka, from kindergarten to PG, every girl child gets free education and the cost is borne bu the state government. If you go to Gujarat, you will find that 90 percent of the educational institutes have been privatised by Modi ji and his party. They have handed over schools and colleges to the richest men there," Rahul said.  

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi slams Modi for denying 70 years worth of India's progress

    "Narendra Modi says nothing was done in India since 70 years. Does this means that all your forefathers, the poor farmers in India have not done anything for their growth? Has no one done anything for India before him?" Rahul asked. 

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Narendra Modi speaks of corruption but blind to own party's fault

    "He comes here and speaks of corruption. But his own party here is led by someone who has spent time in jail. He doesn't see corruption there. When he himself changes the Rafale jets' contract to give benefit to his friends, he doesn't see corruption. He doesn't see corruption when Amit Shah's son Jay Shah suddenly becomes rich," Rahul said. 

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Unlike Modi we don't promise, only deliver: Rahul

    "Narendra Modi ji speaks so much but is always silent on the issues of importance, whether it is joblessness, farmers' crisis, or any other issue. But we don't make promises like them We just deliver," Rahul said. 

    He then cited the example of Anna Bhagya scheme, under which each person from a poor family is eligible to 7 kg free rice. 

  • 15:54 (IST)

    PM Modi doesn't understand Basavanna's teachings of truth

    "Even a 14 year old child knows his dharma. Even a 14 year old says Satyamev Jayate, but the country's prime minister doesn't' understand what that means. He said he will put 15 lakh in every account when elected to power, where is that money. Modi talks of Basvanna but doesn't understand his teachings of truth," Rahul Gandhi said. 

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Will channel all energy to stop BJP, RSS from dividing the nation: Rahul

    Speaking at the rally here Rahul said that he was thankful to the people for supporting his grandmother Indira Gandhi when she was facing a tough time in politics. "I humbly request you to bless me with your support like you supported my grandmother," he said while adding that he will channel all the support and power he gets from the people to stop the BJP and the RSS from dividing the nation.

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi met Bharati Tirtha Swami, the Shankaracharya of  Sringeri Mutt in Chikamagaluru

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in Chikamagaluru shortly

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally in Chikamagaluru in Karnataka. Today is the last day of the third phase of Rahul's Jana Aashirwada Yatre. 

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Updates for Day 2 begin

  • 22:25 (IST)

    The Congress president seeks blessings at Sri Gokarnanatheshwara temple

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi interacts with crowd in Rosario Church in Mangaluru

  • 20:45 (IST)

    We will defeat our political opponents with love and truth: Rahul Gandhi

  • 20:31 (IST)

    Unlike Gujarat, in Karnataka girl gets free education from KG to PG: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi says, "During my campaign in Gujarat, students told me that they had to spend around ₹15 lakh for their graduation. But in Karnataka, a girl child gets free education from KG to PG."

  • 20:23 (IST)

    KPCC president Dr Parameshwara talks of NavaKarnataka Nirman

  • 20:10 (IST)

    In 2019, when we return to power, we will waive off all farm loans: Rahul Gandhi

  • 20:07 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi on note ban, says during demonetisation PM Modi helped his industrialist friends

    Rahul Gandhi attacks Prime Minister Narendra Modi on note ban and says, "During Demonetisation PM Modi helped his industrialist friends to turn their black money into white when the common people had to stand in queues to exchange their hard-earned money."

  • 20:05 (IST)

    Rahul recalls Rafale deal and corruption surrounding it

  • 20:03 (IST)

    BJP president is accused of murder, whole country knows this: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi attacks Amit Shah, says, "Today BJP's president is accused of murder and the whole country knows this. These things are expected from a party like BJP, whereas the people hold the Congress party at a high standard."

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Modi's ministers agree that unemployment is highest today: Rahul Gandhi

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Modi's ministers agree that unemployment is highest today: Rahul Gandhi

  • 19:57 (IST)

    We didn't wait to win polls and then give you Indira canteen, says Rahul

  • 19:55 (IST)

    We didn't make grand promises but when we thought farmers need us, we went out of our way to help them: Rahul Gandhi

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Rahul slams Modi on note ban, says unlike BJP Congress party has taken banks to every village

  • 19:37 (IST)

    BJP like the Kauravas will do everything for power, Modi will continue to lie for it: Rahul Gandhi

  • 19:36 (IST)

    BJP bought MLAs in Goa, in Meghalaya Arunachal, they bought voters: Rahul Gandhi

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Watch Rahul Gandhi address a gathering in Mangaluru

  • 18:53 (IST)

    Gandhi to tour southern parts of state during third visit

    Gandhi, who visited northern parts of the state in the earlier two rounds, will be touring the south coastal and Malnad regions during his two-day visit. Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru that has strong BJP presence, and Hassan, the home district of the former prime minister and Janata Dal Secular supremo HD Deve Gowda will be part of the Congress president's visit this time. Continuing with his visit to religious places, as done in the last two rounds, Gandhi will visit Gokarnatheswara temple, Rosario church, Ullal dargah, Sringeri  Sharadamba temple and also Sringeri mutt.- PTI

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah accompanies Rahul Gandhi's roadshow in Mangaluru

  • 18:23 (IST)

    People gear up for Rahul Gandhi's arrival in Mangaluru

  • 18:19 (IST)

    This is the itinerary of Rahul Gandhi's third visit to Karnataka

  • 18:17 (IST)

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives in Mangalore for his third visit to Karnataka ahead of polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "insulting" the common man by claiming credit for India's progress, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday, as he embarked on this third visit of poll-bound Karnataka.

Rahul accused the BJP of dividing people despite its talk of dharma. The Congress leader also accused the prime minister of favouring big businesses by waiving their loans while ignoring farmers.

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

"Wherever Narendra Modi goes, he says 'nothing has happened in the last 70 years'. He is insulting your parents, poor farmers, labourers, small businessmen of India.

"If this country stands as equal to other countries of the world today, it has not happened in two years. It has taken years of time, sweat and blood of common people. Modi should stop insulting the common man," he told a party rally at Padubidre in coastal Udupi district.

No single person can take a country forward, he noted.

Rahul spoke about social reformers to attack the BJP, which he accused of dividing people.

"BJP people talk about dharma, but wherever they go, they divide people by pitting one against the other. On one side they praise Basavanna and Narayana Guru (social reformers), and on the other every day they indulge in things that these two great people fought against," he said.

Rahul, who visited the northern parts of the state during the previous two rounds, in now on a two-day trip of south coastal Karnataka and Malnad regions.

Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, which have a strong BJP presence, and Hassan, the home district of former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Deve Gowda, are on his itinerary.

Noting that five major banks originated in Udupi district, Rahul said the Congress party's idea behind that was to take banks to the people, and blamed the Modi government for mounting non-performing assets (NPAs).

"We took banks to villages. But if you see today, there are NPAs worth lakhs of crore of rupees of rich people.

"About 10-15 rich persons of India have taken away your Rs 8 lakh crore. In the last few years, BJP has waived Rs 2.5 lakh crore loans taken by 15 rich people... but when a farmer asks for loan waiver Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley say it is not our policy," he added.

Repeatedly invoking social reformers Narayana Guru and Basavanna, Rahul said the two preached "we are all one".

"Modi speaks about Basavanna and Narayana Guru. I want to ask him a question. You speak about Basavanna and Narayana Guru, then why do you differentiate between rich and poor?" he said.

Rahul, who has been visiting religious places during his election tours recently, will pay obeisance at Gokarnatheswara Temple, Rosario Church, Ullal Dargah, Sringeri Sharadamba Temple and also Sringeri Mutt. He will also meet the Shankaracharya of the Sringeri Mutt.

The Assembly elections in the state are likely in April-May.

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Updated Date: Mar 21, 2018 19:36:05 IST

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