Modi calls Rahul Gandhi 'Mr. Golden Spoon', campaigns for BJP in Karnataka

Last Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013 11:19 hrs
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Mangalore: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left no stone unturned in wooing the voters of Karnataka ahead of the May 5 state assembly polls, and took an indirect jibe at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi by calling him 'Mr. Golden Spoon'.

A confident Gujarat Chief Minister asked the Karnataka voters to cast their votes on the basis of the work done by a political party for the state's development

"It is our responsibility when we come here to ask for votes to give you all an account of the work that we have done. It is also the right of the voters to ask for an account of the work done. And then decide whether to give them this responsibility in the future or not," he said.

Modi charged the Congress Party of not fulfilling the promises made to the people of this country.

"The Prime Minister came here. It would have been better if the Prime Minister told you what the Government in Delhi has done for the development of Karnataka. When he has done nothing how will he give an account of the work?

'Mr Golden Spoon' came here. Even he is not ready to give an account of the work done. Making false and baseless allegations, misleading the people and telling the voters of Karnataka to vote for the Congress," said Modi.

"The Congressmen should show at least some good work so that the people of the country have some trust. You have sunk the country. You have not fulfilled the promises made to the people of the country," he added.

Modi also poked fun at the Congress Party for naming its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the state assembly polls

"Our BJP leaders in Karnataka are repeatedly asking as to who would be their chief ministerial candidate. The Congressmen are not ready to name their chief ministerial candidate. They are hesitant. If they cannot take a decision on their leader before the polls, then what will be the situation after the polls you can just imagine my friends," he said.

Modi asked the voters to judge the BJP and the Congress on the basis of its work and then take a final call as to who would be better for Karnataka.

Modi further alleged that the Congress politics is divide and rule.

Highlighting the rising cases of crimes against girls in the national capital, Modi said if the Congress cannot take care of women in New Delhi where it has its own government then how could it take proper care of them in Karnataka.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna are some of the prominent names of the Congress Party who have so far campaigned in Karnataka.

An estimated 2,900 candidates have entered the fray for the assembly polls in Karnataka.

Indian National Congress (INC) has fielded 224 candidates for the Karnataka polls, while the BJP has given tickets to 223 candidates this time.

Elections to the 224-member Karnataka legislative assembly are to be held on May 5 and the counting of votes will be taken up on May 8. 

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