Mysuru: Launching the party's campaign in Chamarajanagar, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using the Ram Mandir issue and the surgical strike on a terror camp in Pakistan for his political ends with the Lok Sabha poll approaching.
Addressing the “Parivarthana Yatre” of the Congress in Chamarajanagar to kick off the campaign for its sitting MP, R Dhruvanarayan, Mr Siddaramaiah said that he was not against building the Ram Mandir, but it had been 27 years since the Babri Masjid was demolished and it had still not been built.
“What happened to the money raised by the people for it? It is only during elections that they say they will build the Ram Mandir,” he charged. As for the air strikes against Pakistan, he said that when the Congress was in power at the Centre, it had carried out 15 surgical strikes against it and defeated it in two wars.
“But the BJP, which has done only two surgical strikes, is now trying to gain political mileage from them,” he claimed, adding, “I have not seen a politician who lies as much as Mr Modi does. The ‘acchhe din’ have came only for him, Amit Shah, Nirav Modi and Mallya. The BJP has tried to change the Indian Constitution and if democracy has to be saved, no one should vote for it.”
Targeting state BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa next, he recalled that when he was Chief Minister he had refused to waive farm loans. “Now what moral right does he have to comment on our government waiving these loans. What has Mr Narendra Modi done? He has not waived farm loans given by nationalised banks despite appeals," he said.
KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao accused Mr Modi of merely giving speeches and seeking publicity, while the unemployment in the country stood at seven per cent.
“They are trying to win by attacking Pakistan. Let Mr Rahul Gandhi contest from even the south and we will get him elected to make him Prime Minister, like we did with Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the past,” he said...