Rahul never disrespected Gowda, says Cong after Modi's attack

Joining issue with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra on Thursday said while Cambridge Analytica has closed its "shop" the Congress party should not bank on erroneous and fraudulent data.

Addressing a rally here in poll-bound Karnataka, Gandhi said Modi was not answering the issues raised by him such as the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal and fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, and only launching a personal attack on him.

"There is no disrespect expressed ever towards Deve Gowda by Rahul Gandhi.it is not in the Congress culture to insult", deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma told reporters here.

"When we had got the opportunity to serve people of Karnataka earlier, so many development initiatives were undertaken", ANI quoted Modi as saying. "You have seen how the Congress has been defeated in all four corners of the country, we have seen the State being ruined for five years and we will not allow the State to be ruined further", he said.

Mr Gandhi has repeatedly said that PM Modi came to power on three planks - jobs creation, rooting out corruption and agricultural reforms and failed to deliver on all three.

There has been no contribution from the Centre to the Congress-led government's Rs 8,500 crore contribution in farm loan waivers, Gandhi said on Twitter. "He spoke at a rally in Belagavi". Could he not have spoken at least one word about Mahadayi? Did he speak anything about farmers? No.

"Such a unsafe party and such people are a big risk to democracy", Modi said.

In a jibe at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the prime minister said the state had a "Sidda-rupaiah" government that has burdened the state with debts. "They kept asking us for the proof!" I made a decision to resign, but Modi persuaded me against doing so. Rahul Gandhi never spoke about him disrespectfully. "When you go out to vote on 12 May, keep the better future of Karnataka in mind and vote for BJP", he said.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has replied today to PM's address in a series of tweets. The BJP was the only alternative to the people of the State, he added.

Leading this social media battle from the front is Congress leader and Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah.

However, the BJP leadership is not pleased and continues to doubt Kumaraswamy and his party for not respecting the mandate of the coalition in 2006 when both the parties had joined hands to form government. "We wanted OBC Commission to get Constitutional status but the Congress did not let it happen". I will only be playing an advisory role, " he explained.

  • Leroy Wright