BJP manifesto hints at bloodbath: CM

'Saffron party's commitment towards building Ram Mandir affirms it'

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday asserted that by renewing its commitment on building the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya in its recently released manifesto, the BJP had alluded towards “creating a bloodbath again”.

Addressing the mammoth gathering during a rally which was addressed by party chief Sonia Gandhi, Siddaramaiah dared his Gujarat counterpart and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections in the State on April 17. 

He challenged Modi to chalk out poor friendly programmes like ‘Anna Bhagya’, an ambitious scheme of the State Government that offers 30 kg rice at the rate of Re one per kg to BPL families. 

Going a step ahead, Siddaramaiah said that the initiative was not only intended at giving food at the affordable price, but it also aimed at building a slum free, hunger free and disease free Karnataka.

Not withstanding Modi’s take on corruption blaming Congress during his public address on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah listed the names of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, former minister Sriramulu and others, who had “looted Rs one lakh crore”. “A former chief minister was also jailed, while 13 cabinet ministers (in the previous BJP government) made news for wrong reasons,” he said.

Siddaramaiah reaffirmed that Congress party would retain the seats in Mysore-Kodagu, Mandya and Chamarajangar constituencies, while it would wrest the seat from Janata Dal (Secular) (represented by Deve Gowda) at Hassan. 

He also reiterated that the party will win 20 of the 28 LS seats in the State. 

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