Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru, calls ‘Karnataka govt most corrupt’
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during his Bengaluru visit attended the Karnataka Congress Extended Executive meeting on Friday morning.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on a visit to Bengaluru has tacitly kicked off the party's poll campaign for Karnataka by setting a target of over 150 seats for the party. The MP, who is on a two-day visit to the state was accompanied by the Congress state unit President DK Shivakumar, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah and other senior state party leaders.
Rahul Gandhi echoed the '40% commission minister' remark during his speech at the party meeting and stated, "Karnataka government is the most corrupt. BJP’s aim is to snatch funds from the poor and give them to the rich. They want to divide the nation. But we want to raise real issues like the economy and unemployment. We want to unite the nation." He further added, “Congress needs to focus on youth and women for the upcoming elections.”
Rahul Gandhi's visit comes at a time when the state is debating issues like the Hijab ban, restrictions on non-Hindu traders conducting business inside temple premises and the Halal meat row. Speculations are rife that his visit is set to kick off Karnataka Congress' 2023 Assembly elections campaign.
Earlier he visited the residence of late actor Puneeth Rajkumar here and paid tribute to the late Kannada superstar.
"I paid my condolences to Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar and other family members of famous Kannada actor late Puneeth Rajkumar after visiting their home. Puneeth left unforgettable memories for all Kannadigas at a young age," Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Kannada after his visit.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, the party's Campaign Committee chairman M B Patil, and former union minister KH Muniyappa also accompanied Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress leader had earlier taken part in the 115th birth anniversary event of late Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumar Swamiji. “Offered my respects to Late Shri Shivakumara Swamiji on the occasion of his jayanti celebrations at Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkuru, Karnataka. Known for his selfless service to humanity, the late Swamiji was instrumental in educating lakhs of poor youth & shaping their future,” he tweeted.