Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday launched a scathing attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by calling him a mass murderer.
“It is appropriate to call him ‘Narahantaka Modi’ instead of ‘Har har Modi, ghar ghar Modi’. He will create communal disharmony in the country by pitting one community against another,” he alleged while addressing an election meeting at BTM Layout organised by Bangalore South party candidate Nandan Nilekani as part of the poll campaign.
He said though there were senior leaders in the BJP, the party chose to make Modi its prime ministerial candidate because he was a hardcore RSS man. RSS men are those who killed Mahatma Gandhi, he said.
Siddaramaiah also accused Modi of being corrupt and misleading the people of the country on the development of Gujarat. “From where is he (Modi) getting so much money to organise hundreds of rallies? Has he earned it honestly? There is corruption in Gujarat and corporate houses are funding his campaigns,” he alleged.
“There is nothing called Modi wave. He will have no influence on Karnataka. There is only the Congress, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wave in the State,” he said and claimed that Gujarat was way behind many states on several parameters of development.
He charged Bangalore South BJP candidate Ananth Kumar with involvement in the Hudco scam. Senior leader C M Ibrahim sought to know whether any of Modi’s family member had sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country.
Nilekani, in his brief address to the gathering, said he had entered politics with the twin objective of development of Bangalore and creating opportunities for the youth. “Everybody is saying Ananth Kumar should be sent home this time and change ushered in,” he said.
‘Stepping up campaign’
The ruling Congress in the State on Monday stepped up its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah joining the campaign trail from Bangalore South parliamentary constituency.
He, along with a number of party bigwigs, including ministers K J George, Roshan Baig, Ramalinga Reddy and C M Ibrahim, participated in campaign meetings organised by the party’s candidate Nandan Nilekani at BTM Layout, Jayanagar IV Block and Hanumanthnagar.
The chief minister had so far confined himself to holding meetings with the candidates and leaders of each of the 28 constituencies, as part of the poll preparations. He will campaign in Bangalore North and Bangalore Central constituencies on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Siddaramaiah is scheduled to tour almost all the constituencies in the State in the coming days. President of the State unit of the Congress G Parameshwara is set to start his statewide election tour from Koppal on Tuesday.