Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of creating friction between communities

Rahul Gandhi campaigns in Karnataka
Congress President today kept up a relentless attack on Prime Minister Narendra Gandhi on the third day of a four-day tour of election-bound Karnataka and accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating friction between communities wherever it was in power.
"Wherever the BJP is in power, like in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, you will see violence. You can see violence against Dalits, minorities, Adivasis. They make one community fight against the other, they ignite a fire," he said, addressing a public meeting at Jevargi in Gulbarga district.
He said that, on the other hand, in places such as Karnataka, where the Congress was ruling, there was peace.
"Peace prevails here, Modi-ji. Go and see what is happening in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Don't talk about violence and corruption when you visit Karnataka. The people of Karnataka are intelligent and they know everything," he said.
Mr. Gandhi dwelt at length on the achievements of the Siddharamaiah government in Karnataka and said it had delivered on its promises to the people. On the other hand, he said the Modi government at the Centre had failed to deliver on its promises.
He said Mr. Modi kept harping on corruption but has forgotten that the former BJP Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, had spent time in jail, as had some of his Ministers. He said the previous BJP government in the state had "broken world records" in corruption.
Mr. Gandhi said that while schemes such as demonetisation and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) had put large numbers of small businessmen out of business, one businessman -- Jay Shah in Ahmedabad, the son of BJP President Amit Shah -- had seen his revenues grow from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 80 crore in just three months during the BJP's rule. "Modi-ji cannot see corruption in such cases," he said.
He said that, in sharp contrast, there had no corruption taint against the Siddaramaiah government.
Mr. Gandhi said that Congress governments, whether at the Centre or in the states, had always worked for the welfare of the poor and the vulnerable sections of society. He cited the example of the waiver of farm loans worth Rs. 70,000 crore during the Congress-led UPA government's tenure at the Centre and the Rs. 8000 crore write-off of farmers' loans by the Siddaramaiah government.
He said the UPA had introduced the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme at the Centre, while the Karnataka government had launched schemes such as Indira canteens to provide food at affordable rates to the urban poor in Bengaluru.
Mr. Gandhi said the Congress would also never lie to the people and make promises it cannot keep. He said Mr. Modi had not been able to deliver on promises such as deposit of Rs. 15 lakh in people's bank accounts and two crore new jobs every year.
He said the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had failed to ensure fair prices for their produce to farmers and alleged that its policies had benefitted only a few chosen rich industrialists.
He cited numbers to show that the Congress government had done much more in various areas in the last five years as compared to the BJP government earlier.
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