Cong President Rahul Gandhi seeks answers from PM Modi on tainted candidates

Cong President Rahul Gandhi seeks answers from PM Modi on tainted candidates

"Why are you hiding this? But JDS has done a big disservice as they have invited from other states extremist (ativadi) and highly communalist (ati-sampradayvadi) forces and those who support extremism into Karnataka and have formed an alliance with them", Modi said. Congress failed to transform the lives of the poor of India, says Modi.

Through the video, the Congress President asks the Prime Minister if he would speak for five minutes on questions pertaining to the BJP leaders facing corruption charges, and who have been given tickets for the upcoming polls. "Congress should have the courage to speak out the truth to people", he remarked.

Siddaramaiah labelled it a "mutual admiration club", noting that Congress was now fighting a BJP-JD (S) alliance.

Showering praises on seers and saints, the PM said that they have contributed immensely to the development of the nation.

The state was given Rs 836 crore by the central government under the "Smart City" project to develop Bengaluru, but the state could spend only Rs 12 crore on the city, he lamented.

Claiming that the Congress government in the state has delivered on its promises via various welfare schemes, he said that even the Prime Minister has acknowledged the state's better employment record.

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"But still Narendra Modi is not happy, he wants them to sit in Karnataka assembly", he said.

He said the Congress government would also set up food processing plants to add value to agricultural products and benefit farmers. The Congress, he said, would waive the loans of farmers within 10 days of coming to power at the Centre after the 2019 polls.

The Prime Minister added that the income of farmers had doubled under the BJP regime across the country. "For years, the Congress kept saying- Gareeb, Gareeb, Gareeb".

The cosmopolitan city of Bengaluru was being destroyed by the Congress through its "corruption and culture of chaos", the prime minister alleged.

In Udupi district, the memorandum said, the deputy commissioner allegedly at the behest of the Congress ordered removal of saffron flags from temples and banned a traditional art and cultural practise.