Modi and Yeddy-Reddy will loot Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on May 11 tweeted an article about a sting operation exposing the massive corrupt activities of B Sriramalu, a BJP candidate in Karnataka perceived to be close to the Reddy brothers. In a biting comment that the Congress President tweeted along with the article, he said, "This is how Modi & Yeddy are getting "Reddy" to loot Karnataka". This was yet another scathing attack on the BJP by Mr. Gandhi, who along with CM Siddaramaiah has given a tough time to the entire might of the BJP machinery.
The sting operations videos in question were released on the May 10, just two days before the state goes to polls, in a huge embarrassment to the BJP and the PM, who had no qualms about being seen sharing the stage with corrupt state leaders of the party. In the said videos, Mr. Sriramulu is heard claiming that he bribed former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishna. The amount heard being discussed in the video is more Rs. 100 crore. It is noteworthy that the said CJI gave the mining company owned by G Janardhan Reddy, a favourable verdict, only a day before he retired. These videos have now been taken off air as per orders from the Election Commission.
The Congress party has demanded that an FIR is registered against those people seen in the video, that Mr. Sriramulu is disqualified from contesting the election. The party questioned the EC’s decision to ban the video from being shown on television channels in Karnataka as it is an infringement on the freedom of the press. Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal and in-charge, communications, AICC, Randeep Surjewala demanded that the ban is lifted as the video shows a link between politicians and the judiciary and therefore must be part of the public discourse. The party has also slammed the BJP for violating laws of campaigning as it has aired advertisements on BJP-owned local news channels, promoting hatred amongst communities. The Congress party also petitioned the EC to stop these ads urgently.
Earlier in the day, the Congress President spoke to the workers of the party through a video message, thanking them for their hard work dedication in spreading the ideas and ideology of the party in every booth, village, and city. With only a day left to go before the polls, Mr. Gandhi urged the Congress workers to put in all their hard work so that in the battle of ideologies, the party wins.