Congress trying to win Karnataka by hook or crook: Amit Shah

HD Kumaraswamy

HD Kumaraswamy

Rahul had first expressed his interest to become prime minister a year ago when he had a frank conversation with the University of California, Berkeley, students. "Such is the arrogance of the 'naamdhaar'". Political pundits wrote him off as a lightweight, reluctant politician who didn't stand a chance in Indian politics. "Throughout last 15 years, I've been visiting temples, mosques, gurudwaras, every religious institution I come across". How can someone just declare himself the prime minister? "This is simply nothing but sheer arrogance".

"The BJP has viewed Karnataka as a "gateway to the south" and the Karnataka prize could help the party acquire a pan-India profile", she said.

Referring to BJP leader and Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde's controversial comments in December a year ago, Gandhi said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was dreaming about running the country but that the Congress will not give them this opportunity.

Out of seven states that have the most number of tribals, BJP has a government in six states, the Prime Minister said.

- Referring to the fake voter identity card scandal, Amit Shah says the Congress is desperate to win the election.

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He alleged that the Modi government was not doing this because it wanted to loot the people. "Congress is trying to win elections with undemocratic ways".

He also targeted the BJP for attacking him over recent visits to temple.

"People of Karnataka will not forgive the Congress for this".

Former BJP chief minister Sadananda Gowda posted pictures of trunks filled with seized fake voter IDs and said "democracy is being attacked" by Congress. "Institution after institution is being attacked by the RSS", he said.

Hitting out at the Congress, Modi said it did not allow the functioning of Parliament to avoid giving constitutional status to the OBC Commission.

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"This is not the Rahul Gandhi of 2014".

On Aadhaar, Mr Gandhi said the Congress had brought Aadhaar cards to make the lives of people easy, but NDA looks at it as amechanism for control and monitoring.

The Prime Minister said he would continue to follow the orders of the "high command" - the countrymen, the citizens. The BJP President also accused the Congress of siding with the "anti-national' forces".

Despite disappointing news being spread that there will be a hung assembly, Karnataka BJP workers have played a key role in maintaining the atmosphere of enthusiasm in favour of the party, Modi said. "It is not my problem", the Congress President said.

"They have started defaming the EC after they started seeing defeat". We may lose election but will never sit with them. I attract that anger because he sees a threat from me.

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