Modi’s comments not fit for PM: Mallikarjun Kharge

AICC chief invites PM for open debate on Congress manifesto
AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting  in Channapatna.
AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting in Channapatna.(Photo | PTI)

CHANNAPATNA(BANGALORE RURAL): AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge here on Monday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi for remarking that if Congress comes to power, it will redistribute the country’s wealth among Muslims and for likening the Grand Old Party’s manifesto to Muslim League’s.

AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting  in Channapatna.
Only Congress fulfills its promises: Mallikarjun Kharge

Addressing a Congress rally for Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha candidate DK Suresh, Kharge said Modi is an escapist and a hit-and-run politician. He challenged Modi to come for an open debate on the Congress manifesto in the national capital.

“Providing jobs for youth, is it only for Muslims? Is Naari Nyay, in which Rs 1 lakh per annum will be given to women head of households, only for Muslims? Legislation on minimum support price for farmers, is it for Muslims? Modi speaks erratically. He said Congress will conduct the caste census and take away the assets (from Hindus) and give them to Muslims. A PM should speak with some knowledge, not like an ‘agnani’ (ignorant). Speaking like this is not becoming of his stature,” he said.

“I am ready for an open debate anywhere, even in Delhi, to discuss our party manifesto, which he termed as Muslim League’s and against the country,” he said.

Kharge observed that Modi has been talking “haphazardly” and attacking Congress irrationally after realising that the situation has turned adverse for BJP across the country. That is because he has not delivered on the promise of creating two crore jobs every year and failing to check the price rise.

“If any leader has divided the country along the Hindu and Muslim lines and instigated a fight between Dalits and other communities, it’s none other than Modi,” he thundered.

“If we ask for roti, he says the cake in the bakery is ‘sasta’ (cheap) and if we ask for water to drink, he shows us the ‘Gangajal’ of Varanasi. We are not against Modi, but against his ideology which is that of RSS,” he said.

He attacked Modi for claiming that rice has been distributed to 80 crore people, while it was the previous UPA government that passed the right to food law. Kharge asked Modi if he would withdraw the MNREGA employment guarantee scheme, too, which is also a law.

He alleged that Modi is trying to take credit for all the schemes introduced by the UPA governments. “It is like mehnat kare murga, anda khaye fakir,” he mocked.

He alleged that Modi has let businessmen who looted Rs 16 lakh crore go scot free, but is acting against farmers, whose farm equipment like tractors are being seized for non-payment of loan instalments.

“He has threatened and collected donations through electoral bonds from companies, but let ED, IT and CBI after those who were willing to donate to Congress. All the corrupt are sitting in his ‘jolige’ (bag),” he alleged.

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