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'Only Congress can revive Brand Bangalore'

india Updated: May 09, 2008 01:28 IST
B R Srikanth
B R Srikanth
Hindustan Times
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On the last day of electioneering for phase I of assembly polls in Karnataka, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rolled out a script to go well with urban voters, in particular the tech industry, on Thursday. His message: support Congress to restore the glitter of Brand Bangalore.

At a “citizens meet” organised by the party, the Prime Minister doffed at the people of Bangalore, and how they played a role in transforming the economy and effect a change in India’s image worldover. “Bangalore is a global brand. You are the symbol of a new India, an India on the move, rising to fulfill its destiny on the global stage. The success of the IT revolution in Karnataka has placed it on the world map. Investors come from across the world to Bangalore, because Kannadigas are so gracious, so gentle, so talented, so forward looking,” he said.

Singh’s lament being that the city and Karnataka suffered during the last four years due to instability and poor governance. “The Congress-led coalition government (June 2004-January 2006) was held hostage to the selfish desires of other parties. The BJP and the Janata Dal (S) then entered into an opportunistic alliance just to gain power,” he said.

The Congress, he said, was better placed to provide a government that would strive for development of Bangalore, and Karnataka. “Our record in Karnataka and in Delhi speaks for itself. We will transform the state and transform Bangalore. We will ensure that Bangalore retains its global image,” he said.