The UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that mere rhetoric and election speeches will not ' fill people's stomach'.
"Mere good speeches cannot end people's hunger," Ms Gandhi told an election rally here while making a blistering attack on Prime Minister on his allegations of corruption against the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka The Congress leader,, who had stayed away from heat and dust of electioneering primary due to her ill health, addressed her maiden rally in Vijayapura - which is considered hub of Lingayat politics. Incidentally, Mr Modi also addressed a rally in the region this morning.
"What is your model of fighting corruption? Is it the one that is followed by tainted leaders in Karnataka or are you following the model of the son of your close associate," Ms Gandhi said in reference to BJP's Chief Ministerial face B S Yeddyurappa, who was jailed on charges of corruption during his first tenure as Chief Minister and also in reference to Mr Amit Shah's son. Ms Gandhi pin pricked Mr Modi's much-hyped 'model' to fight corruption and accused him of sharing the stage with scam-tainted leaders in the state. Ms Gandhi also charged Prime Minister with spreading "hatred" in his election speeches in a state like Karnataka -whose very characteristic is about inclusive politics.
She said Prime Minister Modi is virtually carrying a "ghost (bhoot)" of eradicating Congress from political relevance in the country. The Congress leader said Prime Minister Modi has been also indulging in spreading falsehood and has often abused the historical figures and country's freedom fighters as 'pawns' in the game of chess.UNI