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JD(S) is BJP’s ‘B’ team, says Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka

Rahul Gandhi’s attack against the JD(S) is significant as this is the first time during his tours in karnataka that the Congress president has taken on the regional party.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2018 23:28 IST
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi offer prayers at Sharadamba Temple, Sringeri Mutt, during his visit to Chikmagalur in Karnataka on Wednesday. (PTI File Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday for the first time attacked the Janata Dal (Secular) in the latter’s stronghold Hassan, calling it the ‘B’ team of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The JD(S) has become the ‘B’ team of the BJP,” Gandhi said, “They have decided that no matter what happens they will make sure the BJP wins in the state elections.”

The Congress president was speaking at a rally on the second day of his two-day campaign tour of the coastal and interior districts of Karnataka. This is the third leg of his Janashirvada Yatra in the state, which is slated to go to the polls sometime in May.

The attack against the JD(S) is significant as this is the first time during his tours of the state that Gandhi has taken on the regional party.

Reacting to the statement, former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said Gandhi had no moral right to attack the JD(S). “If we were the ‘B’ team of the BJP why were Congress leaders standing outside our house begging us to form a coalition in the Bengaluru corporation?”

Kumaraswamy said it was apparent that the Congress had realised that it will lose. “It is clear that Gandhi is already preparing the ground for his party’s loss in the upcoming elections,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi had taken on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he spread falsehoods wherever he went, and predicted that the BJP would be voted out by the people in next year’s general elections.

Gandhi was speaking at a rally in Chikmagalur on Wednesday ..

The Congress president visited the Sringeri Sharadamba temple and visited the seer of the local math (monastery).

“When I had an interaction with students at the math, I asked them what they understood by the term Dharma, and they told me it meant truth,” Gandhi said. “This raised a question in my mind, a 14-year-old knows the meaning of Dharma, but the Prime Minister does not understand this,” he added, accusing Modi of making false promises to the people in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“I assure you, Modi is set to lose next year,” Gandhi said, “because when the country looks to its prime minister it wants to hear the truth and not speeches of hatred. They want to hear about love and brotherhood, they know that without truth this country cannot progress.”

Reacting to Gandhi’s allegations, state BJP leader S Suresh Kumar said it was unfortunate that Gandhi did not know about the history of his own party. “Since 1947, it has been their motto to spread falsehoods,” he said.

Kumar advised Rahul Gandhi to study the Congress party across the country and see how it functions. “Like MK Gandhi went across the country to get to know it, Rahul must do this with his party, because then he would not make such statements.”

First Published: Mar 21, 2018 22:01 IST