Bengaluru, Apr 8 (PTI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi today asserted that the mood in Karnataka was in favour of his party and it would win the May 12 polls, as he concluded his six rounds of “Yatra” in the run-up to the elections.
Addressing a public rally here to mark the culmination of his “Janarshivad Yatra” covering all regions of the state, he also accused the Narendra Modi government of discriminating against the Congress-ruled Karnataka.
“Karnataka’s mood is in favour of the Congress party and we will the election,” Gandhi said, winding up the last lap of his “yatra”, which he devoted to mainly attack the Modi government.
The visit also saw Gandhi visit temples and other religious places and interact with Hindu seers, besides holding roadshows and mingling with crowds.
“Whereever Modi ji goes he speaks his man ki baat.I would like to tell you that the Congress party will listen to man ki baat and on the basis of what is in your mind we will run the government.”
“We will work towards progress by taking everyone together. It will be government of everyone,of every religion, caste and language,” he told the gathering at the sprawling Palace Grounds.
Gandhi said the Karnataka elections was a “fight between two ideologies.”
“On one side Congress that like Bengaluru works for joining everyone, spreads brotherhood and love. On the other side BJP, RSS and Nagpur’s ideology. It’s the ideology of spreading anger, hate and dividing.”
He also attacked BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks equating opposition parties with animals.
“I want to tell you from this stage that no Congress leader can ever make such statement.”
At a rally in Mumbai to mark BJP’s foundation day on Thursday, Shah had equated opposition parties to ‘snakes’ and mongoose’ and ‘dogs’ and ‘cats’, who are seeking to unite despite their inherent differences to take on BJP in next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Shah later said what he meant was political parties having no ideological similarities were coming together out of fear of Modi.
Gandhi said “when Modi speaks, he should from the stage speak about Nirav Modi, Rafale aircraft, Amit Shah’s son, Gujarat petroleum scam and Yeddyurappa.”
“Modi should also say that he did not help Bengaluru and Karnataka. He has given only Rs 1 crore for suburban rail.
Congress has earmarked Rs 700 crore,” he said.
Gandhi also alleged that when Karnataka faced drought for the last four years, it was given less money compared to other states.
“It is true that there is the Congress party government here, but Karnataka is also part of India and Karnataka has not committed any mistake,” he said.
Gandhi said Maharashtra was given Rs 8,000 crore for drought and Gujarat Rs 3,800 crore while Karnataka got Rs 1,400 crore.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.