Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed when the saffron party formed government in the southern state, there were “scams one after the other”.
Taking a fresh jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of corruption, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka had a scam- free rule while the BJP had broken “world records” in graft in Karnataka.
Continuing with the first leg of his poll campaign in north Karnataka for the second day, Gandhi claimed that when the saffron party formed government in the southern state, there were “scams one after the other”.
Ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in Karnataka, Gandhi said, “In the last five years there was not even a single scam, and during their (BJP) time there were scams one after the other, from mining to what not, different scams.”
Speaking at roadside meetings in Koppal district during his ongoing ‘Janashirvad Yatra’, the Congress leader said, “Elections are coming, support the Congress party and Siddaramaiah. Once again bring our government here so that we can together work for you.”
Rahul Gandhi – who is travelling by a special bus along with other state leaders further hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talking about corruption in Karnataka overlooking his own party’s “track record” while running the government in the state.
Rahul Gandhi stated that previous BJP government had seen three chief ministers – while four ministers had gone to jail and had to resign. He said, “But still Modiji comes here and speaks about corruption against us.”
“The previous BJP government in Karnataka broke world records in corruption and they come here and talk on corruption pointing at us,” added Gandhi.
Earlier on Saturday, speaking at a rally in Hosapete of Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi hit out at PM Modi for criticising the policies of the previous Congress governments.
Stating that the Modi government is running the country by looking at the rear view mirror, Gandhi said, “You (Modi) drive the vehicle by just looking in the rear view mirror, which will cause accidents. This country cannot be run by looking in the rear view mirror.”
Claiming that PM Modi, during his latest one-hour long speech in the Parliament, did not speak about the burning issues pertaining to agrarian problem, unemployment, tribals and Dalits, Gandhi said, “Modiji, this country has not made you prime minister to talk only about the past. This country wants to know your future plans for the country.”