Invoking Basavanna, Rahul Gandhi promises ‘clean’ Congress government in Karnataka

Former AICC President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday invoked 12th-century social reformer Basavanna to launch an attack on the BJP while promising that the next Congress government in Karnataka would be “clean and honest”.

Rahul’s invocation of Basavanna is no coincidence as he was addressing a massive crowd in Davangere, where the Lingayats form the majority of the population.

“Ours will be a clean and honest government, which will connect with the United States to transform Karnataka, a government which will support the weak but be there for everyone, a government which will not spread hatred in this wonderful state, a government that will follow Basavanna principles,” Rahul said at the celebration of opposition leader Siddaramaiah’s 75th birthday.

The Congress leader has focused on corruption and communalism to target the BJP, which is likely to be the party’s voting board for the 2023 Assembly elections.

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“While Congress brings people together and creates harmony, BJP divides people. The whole of Karnataka can see the level of corruption that the BJP government has created,” Rahul said. “They (BJP) tilt the head in front of Basavanna and rob the people of Karnataka. Where did Basavanna say you can rob? Basavanna said tell the truth. This is the opposite of what the BJP government is doing,” a- he declared.

Listing various welfare programs (Bhagya) of the Siddaramaiah government and those rolled out by the UPA, Rahul said the flagship program of the BJP was demonetization.

“The demonetization was a transfer of money from the poorest to the richest 5-10 people close to the Prime Minister. After that they imposed a flawed GST which was also meant to destroy the poor, the farmers, the workers etc. he said, calling the two programs “national disasters.”

Rahul said the farm laws were meant to “steal” farmers’ money. “While Congress distributes the wealth, the BJP-RSS takes it away and gives it to the wealthiest people in the country,” he said.

Siddaramaiah said the BJP government was “the most corrupt and communal I have seen” in its 44 years of political life. “You all must resolve today to overthrow this BJP government,” he said, expressing his confidence that the Congress will win 2023 in Karnataka and the 2024 polls in Lok Sabha.

Slamming the BJP government on the ‘40% commission’ accusation, Siddaramaiah called on Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to ‘resign and go home’.

“I gave so many diagrams. What did you do, Bommai? he said.

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