‘Not just 56-inch chest, Modi should’ve caring heart’

‘Not just 56-inch chest, Modi should’ve caring heart’

Minister for Urban Development U T Khader drives the former chief minister Siddaramaiah to the Congress rally venue after they were forced to abandon their official cars following the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, in Udupi on Sunday evening. DH PH

A 56-inch wide chest alone is not enough, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also have a compassionate heart to feel the pulse of the poor, said Coalition Coordination Committee chairman Siddaramaiah on Sunday.

Addressing the Parivarthan Rally at Royal Garden Maidan in Kalsanka, Siddaramaiah said, “This election, the fight is not between AICC chief Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. But the fight is to save the democracy and safeguard the Constitution,” he stressed.

In Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts, the BJP is inciting hatredness between the communities, he said.

Siddaramaiah accused Narendra Modi of coming to power with attractive lies.

“Today he does not make a mention about the assurances made in the past. In the past 45 years, unemployment during Modi regime is an all-time high.”

“Initially, the BJP forced Attorney General to lie before the Supreme Court that the files related to Rafale deal were stolen. Then in the same court, the principal legal advisor to the government declared that the files were not stolen but duplicated. The developments raises a suspicion that the ‘chowkidar is also a chor (thief)’,” he charged.

KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao, Udupi district-in-charge Minister Dr Jayamala, Minister for Urban Development U T Khader, Congress leaders Oscar Fernandes, B K Hari Prasad, Pramod Madhwaraj and Ivan D’souza.