Karnataka elections: Rahul Gandhi asks JD(S) to come clean on its support to BJP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in the fourth round of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2018 18:10 IST
Press Trust of India, KR Pete/Karnataka
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AICC president Rahul Gandhi during his Janashirvada Yatra in Chamrajnagar to Malavall. (PTI File Photo)

Continuing his attack on the Janata Dal (Secular), Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asked former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s party to come clean on its support to the BJP.

“JD(S), they have to make it clear whether they are the BJP’s B team or not,” Gandhi said at a public meeting in KR Pete in the Vokkaliga belt of the old Mysuru region, considered a JD(S) stronghold.

“They (JD-S) have to make it clear whether they are supporting the BJP, if yes, why? The JD(S) stands for ‘Janata Dal Sangh Parivar’,” he added.

The Congress president, who is in the fourth round of campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka, is currently touring the old Mysuru region, where the Vokkaliga community has a significant presence. The JD(S) enjoys the support of the Vokkaligas.

The assembly election is due in Karnataka by April-May.

Terming employment generation the “biggest problem” in the country, Gandhi attacked the BJP-led central government for “not” fulfilling the promises it had made to the people such as job creation and addressing the issue of farmers’ distress.

Praising the Siddaramaiah government in the state, he said it had worked for the poor, downtrodden and backward communities.

Gandhi even credited the chief minister with running a “clean government”.

Raising the Nirav Modi issue and alleging that the diamond merchant had run away with Rs 22,000 crore, the Congress president questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the matter.

“What kind of chowkidari (watchman’s job) is Narendra Modi doing,” he asked.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi visited Beluru in Hassan district to pay homage to Congress MLA YN Rudresh Gowda, who passed away on Saturday.

First Published: Mar 25, 2018 17:35 IST