Congress asks PM Modi to apologise for insulting people of Karnataka
The Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of insulting the city of Bengaluru and the people of Karnataka through his remarks during campaigning and sought an apology from him.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the Prime Minister had heaped a “special insult” on Bengaluru and its citizens by calling it a “city of sins” and “city of garbage”.
“He (Modi) has insulted the people of Karnataka, insulted its entrepreneurs, IT technologists by labelling the city, which is known as India’s Silicon Valley, as ‘valley of sin’,” Singhvi said.
“A city and a state which symbolises development, aspirations, youth, opportunities, has been reduced to city of sins. This is a special insult that the Prime Minister has heaped upon Bengaluru and people of Karnataka,” he added.
Modi, while addressing a rally in Bengaluru on Thursday, had accused the state’s Congress government of having reduced Bengaluru to a valley of sins from Silicon Valley, and added that the city had been changed from a garden city to garbage city, from computer city to crime city, and from a start-up hub to a pothole club.
Taking strong exception to Modi’s remarks, Singhvi said that the remarks and the language used were “totally unbefitting of a Prime Minister”.
“While terming it as ‘city of sin’, the Prime Minister totally ignored that ‘S’ stands for superior, ‘I’ stands for information technology and ‘N’ stands for novelty. This is what Bengaluru is. It’s the real start-up hub,” Singhvi said.
“But Modi only finds sin in that, and that is deplorable. You don’t create jobs, can’t stop farmers suicide, you have the lowest agriculture growth rate in a very, very long time and you accuse the Kannadigas of being a valley of sin. It is shameful and country needs an apology which we are never likely to get,” the Congress leader said.
Singhvi said the fear, frustration and follies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were growing in the face of an imminent defeat in the upcoming state assembly elections.
He said that Modi also made “false and superficial statements” regarding former Indian Army chiefs General KM Cariappa and General KS Thimayya - both Kannadigas - which proved his “lack of grasp of history” and “incapacity of his army of researchers to feed him correct information”.
In an election rally in Karnataka, Modi on Thursday claimed that after the 1948 India-Pakistan war, General Thimayya was insulted by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon.
However, the Congress pointed out that in 1948 General Thimayya was not the chief of the Indian Army nor was Krishna Menon the defence minister.
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