Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, saying he only speaks about himself in Karnataka and not about anything else.
He also questioned why Modi remained silent on the issue of corruption in Karnataka and never mentioned his party’s Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, his predecessor BS Yediyurappa, or state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra.
Gandhi reminded the people that the Karnataka Assembly elections that are scheduled to be held on 10 May are about their future and their children, not Narendra Modi.
During a public meeting in Shivamogga district, Gandhi said “Have you seen the meeting of the BJP? Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives and does not take the name of any leader. The way I mention the name of former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress state president D K Shivakumar, or Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge, but Modi will never talk about their leaders.”
He claims Modi never refers to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai or former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s names “as if they don’t exist.” Every Karnataka resident is perplexed as to why Modi is not using the names of his own leaders, including state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, who is running from Thirthahalli, Gandhi said.
The former Congress president claimed that rampant corruption occurred during the recruitment of sub-inspectors, but Modi never took the name of Karnataka’s Home Minister.
He further added that “There are two reasons behind it (not taking the names of his leaders). One is that Narendra Modi talks only about Narendra Modi. For example, there is an election going on in Karnataka and others are talking about the people of Karnataka, development and corruption but Narendra Modi talks only about Narendra Modi in the Karnataka election. He never speaks a word on what the BJP government did in the last three years.”
He continued “If you are afraid of taking the name of Yediyurappa, Bommai or Home Minister, then at least explain what did you do to check corruption? What steps did you take to stop corruption?”