New Delhi: Launching a blistering attack on the JDS-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday claimed that it (Karnataka government) was interested only in “development-free corruption”.

“People want corruption-free government, but Karnataka government wants development-free corruption,” Modi told BJP’s booth-level workers of the state during an interaction with them through video conferencing as part of the party’s ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ programme.

He also took a dig at  the agricultural loan waiver announced by the H D Kumaraswamy government by terming it the “most cruel joke” on farmers.

Responding to a question about farm distress and farmers suicide in the state, Modi said only a handful of agriculturists benefited from the government’s loan waiver programme. “Those who go around the country claiming credit for the farm loan waiver will they also take the blame for farmers suicide?” he asked.

Furthermore, PM Modi said that people of Karnataka had reposed faith in the BJP and it was the duty of the party workers to become the voice of people if the government was neglecting their welfare.

“It seems people in power in Karnataka are playing the game of musical chair. When people in power are not interested in the welfare of people, it is the duty of our workers to become the voice of people,” he said, referring to reported strains between the ruling coalition partners.

(With PTI inputs)