Bengaluru, May 8: Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he speaks like an actor, but his oratory skills alone can’t fill hungry stomachs, employ the unemployed, cure those suffering from diseases or empower women.
Gandhi who joined campaign trail after a gap of two years, while addressing a rally at Vijayapura stated “Wherever Modi Ji goes, he says wrong things and distorts historical facts. He uses the names of heroes from our history for his political motives”.
Highlighting the schemes introduced by the Siddaramaiah government in the state, the Congress veteran said ” Schemes like Anna Bhagya, Ksheera Bhagya and Krishi Yantradhare have improved the lives of crores.
“Indira Canteens have been set up because we believe that affordable and nutritious food is everyone’s right”, she added.
“All states that suffered drought were given compensation (by Centre), Karnataka was provided with the least, this was like rubbing salting into the wounds of farmers. I ask Modi ji, is this your ‘sabka-saath, sabka-vikas?’ asked Gandhi.
The Congress leader accused PM Modi of insulting Karnataka and its farmers.
“The Karnataka Chief Minister approached PM Modi to ask for help for farmers, but he refused to even meet him, and thus, insulted the people of the state”, she stated.
“We have worked tirelessly for the poor. We started Mahatma Gandhi NREGA scheme which was objected by the BJP and by Modi Ji,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi poised several questions for the Prime Minister: What happened to promise of non-corruption? Where’s Lok Pal? What is your model of anti-corruption, PM Modi- the model adopted by your candidates in Karnataka, or by the son of your closest aide?, she asked.
The Congress veteran concluded her public address stating “I’m confident that the people of Karnataka would see through the lies of the BJP and will re-elect Congress for inclusive governance”.
With the election in 224-member Karnataka Assembly nearing, the state has become a political battleground
Voting for the crucial polls is slated to take place on May 12, while the results will be declared on May 15.