PM Modi should learn how to run a govt from CM Siddaramaiah: Rahul Gandhi
Launching the Jana Aashirwada Yatre in Karnataka, Congress President Rahul Gandhi highlighted the achievements of the Siddaramaiah-led government and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to learn governance from the CM. While the Congress government in Karnataka has had a clean record, the BJP has broken world records in graft in the state. During the BJP’s time, there were scams one after the other, said Mr. Gandhi. The Congress President praised the Siddaramaiah government for its social welfare policies and commitment to serve all sections of society.
“Karnataka's riches belong to its women, youth, farmers, labourers. It does not belong to the affluent few,” Mr. Gandhi said.
In an interaction with agriculturists in Sindanur Taluk, Mr. Gandhi said that the farmers across the country are bearing the brunt of the ineffectiveness of the Modi government. “The reality is, without government support, farmers cannot fully benefit from agriculture. PM Modi has failed to provide that support. When we come to power, we will provide the right MSP and waive farm loans. During the UPA government, farmers were getting better prices than they are getting today under the Modi Govt. Demonetisation and flawed GST affected farmers much more than big industrialists,” he said. “Former PM Manmohan Singh-led UPA Govt had waived loans of farmers nationwide. The Congress party has always been with farmers. CM Siddaramaiah’s government is also doing excellent work for all of you,” Mr. Gandhi added.
He further said that the Modi government only works for the rich and is slowly waiving off Rs. 10 lakh crore worth of debts of businessmen, but not the loans of thousands of farmers across the country reeling under the agrarian crisis.
"Unlike Modi, Siddaramaiah walks the walk and waived crop loans (totalling Rs 8,165 crore) of over 22 lakh farmers who borrowed about Rs 50,000 each from state cooperative banks," Mr. Gandhi said. He added that while the Modi government had allotted Rs 55,000 crore for social welfare schemes across the country, the Karnataka government alone had spent half that amount for the benefit of state's people from its resources. The Congress President also used the occasion to remind the PM that his term was nearing an end and that he should work to fulfill his promises. “After the end of his term, he needs to tell the people what he has achieved,” he said. He added, “BJP failed to create jobs, bring back black money and brought down the economy, but all PM Modi talks about is 'Congress this, Congress that'”. Speaking about article 371(J), Mr. Gandhi said that it was rejected by the BJP, but the Congress-led UPA government had passed it. This greatly helped the Hyderabad-Karnataka region to develop rapidly, he said. “Due to this, Bidar, Kalburgi, and Koppal benefited with one medical college each," he added.
Mr. Gandhi’s visit to Karnataka only reinforces what the people of the state have known all along: only a Congress government can formulate people-centric policies, and take all sections of society along with it on the road to development. The state knows that only a Congress government can be inclusive, and sensitive to the needs of the people. The people of Karnataka have seen through the BJP’s vicious campaign which aims to divide people on the basis of religion, and they will ensure that Karnataka does not see a return to the days of unabated corruption under BS Yeddyurappa. To ensure that the state has clean, people-centric governance, the people will repose their faith in Mr. Siddaramaiah once again.