In Siddaramaiah's home turf Mysuru, Narendra Modi slams Congress govt, calls graft an everyday occurrence in Karnataka

Mysuru: Escalating his attack on Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on graft, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said new scams, corruption charges and fresh allegations were emerging under his rule "every day".

Taking the battle to Siddaramaiah's home turf at a rally in Mysuru, Modi said he had earlier called his administration a "10 percent government" but later came to know his information was not correct and it was much more.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a BJP campaign rally ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections in Mysuru. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a BJP campaign rally ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections in Mysuru. PTI

In his second public rally in a fortnight in poll-bound Karnataka, Modi singled out corruption to attack Siddaramaiah and asked, "Do you want a commission government in Karnataka or mission government? Commission or mission?"

Recalling his Bengaluru remark that "it is a 10 percent commission business," Modi said many people were angry with him, some even called him, some sent messages and others expressed their anguish...." they said my information was not correct.It was not 10 percent, but more than that," he said.

"Every day, a new scam, new corruption, new allegations are being levelled against their one or the other leader, against one or the other minister or one or the other programme of the government, in one or the other part of Karnataka," Modi said.

He charged that Central government funds under various schemes meant for the poor and middle class were not being properly utilised by the state.

"Their priority is political squabble, keeping Delhi (high command) happy, and send them whatever is needed to keep them happy. Their interest is only in it...keeping their party bosses happy so that their seats are safe."

Saying that no state can function like this, he said, "They don't care about the people and their feelings... Such governments, such leadership and personality will never strengthen democratic system."

Taking a jibe at Siddaramaiah, Modi said: "Mysuru is the land that spreads the message of social unity, Mysuru is the land of energy and youthfulness, Mysuru is a land that creates an atmosphere of harmony... but the person who was born from here should not have gone on the wrong path."

"He is associated with such people that whatever Mysuru taught him, he completely forgot them on his way to Bengaluru, and is now taking entire Karnataka towards destruction."

Modi also hit out at the Congress for spreading "lies repeatedly" and asked the people to question their record.

He said "ask those who come here, make speeches. For 50 years one family got an opportunity to rule. What is the reason that four crore families are still living the life of the 18 century?."

"They don’t even feel a bit of shame or sadness. They think by lying, by lying repeatedly, lying wherever they go, by lying loudly, by many people lying, not one or two days but for months on end, the people of this country will believe."

"You are talking from a wrong place; the country can never believe you, the country will never accept your lies. You will have to answer...." he told the Congress.

Modi said the NDA government at the Centre wants to take the country forward at a faster pace, but Congress governments wherever they are, are working to stop the pace of the country. They work as 'bumps,' he said.

Modi said he has come to assure the people and see to it that the BJP government that would be formed in Karnataka would work with a mission. It would work towards changing the destiny of Karnataka, he said.

"The way the government is functioning in Karnataka and political developments are going on, you know that bundles and bundles of notes were seized and they are not ashamed of it."

"Diaries and what all were entered in it... Karnataka needs to get rid of it or not? Those who destroyed Karnataka.." Modi said, apparently referring to the raids by Income Tax department on some ministers recently.

Modi also announced a six-lane 117 km Bengaluru-Mysuru national highway project at a cost of Rs 6,400 crore and a world-class new satellite railway station at Mysuru at an investment of Rs 800 crore.

He dedicated to the nation an electrified railway line between Mysuru and Bengaluru and flagged off the Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru and Udaipur.

The train with only AC features connects five states in western India, according to South Western Railway.

The electrification of the railway line between Bengaluru and Mysuru, costing Rs 220 crore, is expected to benefit 25,000 passengers.

Assembly polls in Karnataka are due early this year.

The BJP is pulling all stops to unseat the Congress and return to power for the second time after its 2008-2013 rule that saw squabbling among its leaders and change of chief minister thrice.


Updated Date: Feb 19, 2018 20:41 PM

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