‘BJP broke world record in graft in Karnataka’

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KOPPAL (Karnataka): Stepping up his attack on the BJP over the issue of corruption, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said while the Congress’s Siddaramaiah government had a scam-free rule, the BJP had broken “world records” in graft in Karnataka.
The Congress president, continuing with the first leg of his poll campaign in north Karnataka for the second day, said when the BJP was in power in the state, there were “scams one after the other”.
“In the last five years there was not even a single scam, and during their (BJP) time there were scams one after the other, from mining to what not, different scams,” he said.
At roadside meetings in Koppal district during his ongoing ‘Janashirvad Yatra’ here ahead of assembly polls in the state, Rahul Gandhi said, “Elections are coming, support the Congress party and Siddaramaiah. Once again bring our government here so that we can together work for you.”
The Congress president, who is travelling by a special bus along with other state leaders, received an enthusiastic response from party workers and people who had gathered in large numbers on both sides of the road at different places.
At the public meetings, Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talking about corruption in Karnataka overlooking his own party’s “track record” while running the government in the state.
Pointing out that the previous BJP government had seen three chief ministers, he said four ministers had gone to jail and had to resign.
“But still Modiji comes here and speaks about corruption against us,” he said.
The BJP government in the state had seen three chief ministers — B S Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar — in five years from 2008.
“The previous BJP government in Karnataka broke world records in corruption and they come here and talk on corruption pointing at us,” he added.
Asking the people to support Congress in the coming elections, Rahul Gandhi urged them to thereby contribute towards the progress of Karnataka at a much “faster pace”.
He targeted PM Modi on issues of unemployment, demonetisation and the GST, referring to the tax regime as the “Gabbar Singh Tax”.