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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Apr 2014

Rahul says BJP govt 'looted' Karnataka for 5 years

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bengaluru, April 23, 2013
First Published: 14:42 IST(23/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:37 IST(2/5/2013)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who kickstarted his election campaign in Karnataka on Tuesday, tore into the BJP, saying the party had "looted" the state for the past five years and they were "past masters" in the game.

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Launching his campaign for the upcoming assembly elections on May 5 in Raichur district, 394 km north of Bengaluru, Gandhi said the ruling BJP had promised many things in its poll manifesto but none had been realised, such as employment, water and round-the-clock power supply.

"Aren't you people angry with them," Gandhi asked the crowd.

Connecting with the common man, Gandhi reiterated his party's commitment to welfare measures and said it was not for the rich; instead it would work for the aam aadmi.

Flaying the state BJP for giving the ticket to the Reddy brothers, who are mining barons, he said, "Your iron ore is being supplied to China, and they (BJP) are earning crores of rupees."

He said the government was spoiling the good name of Bengaluru. "It is your sweat and blood, the hard work of the farmers and the youth that have made Karnataka shine. Whenever a state moves forward, it is through the people."

He promised irrigation works worth Rs. 10,000 crore for the Krishna basin.

Gandhi mentioned the special status given to north Karnataka and said he fulfilled his promise given before. Gandhi also addressed crowds in Bagalkot and Bijapur, northern districts of the state, as part of his Karnataka election tour.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh are also expected to come to Karnataka as part of their election campaign.

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