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Rahul Gandhi's rally in Karnataka updates: Congress chief dismisses JD(S) as BJP's B-team, says parties struck deal through back door

Rahul Gandhi will continue his Karnataka visit on Wednesday. On his itinerary are meetings with Congress leaders, visit to temples and public meetings.

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Rahul Gandhi's rally in Karnataka updates: Congress chief dismisses JD(S) as BJP's B-team, says parties struck deal through back door

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Mar 21, 2018 - 19:36 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi concludes address by thanking people of Karnataka

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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.  

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 21, 2018 - 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. 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi started the second day of his Karnataka visit on Wednesday. On his itinerary are meetings with Congress leaders, visit to temples, interactions with students and public meetings.

He visited the Shringeri Sharadamba Temple in Chikkamagaluru along with other Congress leaders.

Gandhi is on a two-day visit to poll-bound Karnataka, the third in over a month. His complete schedule is as follows: 8.30 am: Meeting with Block Congress presidents, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi 9.30 am: Meeting with senior leaders of Dakshina Kannada & Udupi 11.20 am: Visit to Sharadamba Temple, Sringeri Mutt 12.25 pm: Interaction with students of Rajiv Gandhi Sanskrit University, Sringeri Mutt 3 pm: Public meeting at Chikkamagaluru 6 pm: Public meeting at Hassan

On Tuesday, Gandhi had said the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were "not inclusive" as he ignored farmers but waived off loans of big industrialists. "Modi speaks about Basavanna but his policies are not inclusive. If he can waive off Rs 25 lakh crore worth loans of big industrialists, why can't he help farmers?" he asked at a public rally in Karnataka's coastal Udupi district.

Rahul Gandhis rally in Karnataka updates Congress chief dismisses JDS as BJPs Bteam says parties struck deal through back door

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter@INCIndia

He told the gathering that though farmers had pleaded for the right Minimum Support Price for their produce, it was not fulfilled. "In contrast, our government in the state has spent thrice the amount on irrigation projects than the Modi government did for the entire nation. We do not spread hatred, we abide by the principles of Basavanna," he said a day after the state cabinet agreed to grant status of religious minority to Lingayats and Veerashaivas, who are followers of Basavanna.

Observing that the motto of his party's government in the state was Basavanna's principle of "follow what you preach", Gandhi said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took the lead in waiving farmers' loans.

He also lauded the state's youth for the IT revolution they spearheaded in Karnataka.

Addressing another rally in the port city of Mangaluru, Gandhi said as Modi had only one more year left, he should work towards generating employment to fulfil at least his promise of providing 2 crore jobs during his tenure.

The party chief also accused the prime minster of "helping his industrial friends" in converting their black money during the 50-day note ban period from 10 November to 31 December, 2016, while "the common people had to stand in queues to exchange their hard-earned money".

Stressing that the country doesn't run on false promises and speeches, he said: "This (upcoming Karnataka assembly) election will be run by candidates who have worked hard for the people and the party. We will defeat our opponents with love and truth."

Siddaramaiah, state unit president G Parameshwara and Lok Sabha MP from the state KC Venugopal were among the other party leaders present at the rallies. During the day, Gandhi had interacted with the fishermen community in Udupi and also visited temples and churches in the coastal region.

With inputs from IANS

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