Rahul questions PM on campaiging for 'tainted'

Rahul questions PM on campaiging for 'tainted'

All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi rides a bullock cart during a protest against hike in the prices of petroleum products in Malur on Monday. DH Photo

Congress president Rahul Gandhi had a field day on Monday as he made pointed attacks on the BJP and the JD(S) during his tour of the Bengaluru Rural district.

Speaking to reporters at Hosakote, Rahul said BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa was “the most corrupt chief minister the country had ever seen.”

Later, while addressing a rally at Hoskote, Rahul asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi should explain why Yeddyurappa was chosen as the BJP’s chief ministerial face. “Modi says he’s fighting corruption, but he’s got right next to him Yeddyurappa who ate jail food. Modi should say, what is Yeddyurappa’s qualification to the BJP’s chief ministerial face?” Rahul said. “I’ll tell you what the qualification is. Yeddyurappa and Reddy brothers will loot money from Karnataka and give it to Modi’s marketing.”

At Devanahalli, Rahul trained his guns at the H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S). “This election is a battle of ideologies. On one side is the BJP and on the other side is the Congress. In between is the JD(S). The question is, where does the JD(S) stand in this battle,” Rahul asked.

“The ‘S’ in their name stands for Secular, but in this election it looks like the Janata Dal has changed its name to Janata Dal (Sangh Parivar).

“In what has become his signature, Rahul invoked Basavanna’s Nudidante Nade (practise what you preach) while asking the JD(S) to “speak its heart out.” He also used the line against Modi. “He simply doesn’t understand what this means.”  

Rahul decried Modi’s speeches and said he never disrespected the prime minister. “I ask questions to Modi, but I do so with respect. Modi uses ulte-seedhe words about me and makes
fun of me. Modi is nearing 70 years of age. He’s elderly. I’ve been taught to respect elders,” Rahul said.

Rahul told reporters that Modi functioned akin to a cell phone. “A cell phone has three modes - work mode, speaker mode and airplane mode. Modi’s cellphone is always on speaker and airplane modes, not work mode.”

Addressing his last rally at Doddaballapur, Rahul expressed confidence that neither Yeddyurappa nor Reddy brothers will enter the Vidhana Soudha. “That’s because the Congress will defeat them.”

Farm loan waiver in 10 days

Rahul promised voters in both Hoskote and Devanahalli that the Congress, if voted to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, would waive farmers’ loans all over India within ten days.

“This isn’t a promise like Modi’s. In Karnataka, Congress waived farm loans worth Rs 8,000 crore. We will show Modi how it’s done when we come to power.”