PM Modi attacks Congress in Karnataka poll campaign, dares Rahul to speak for 15 minutes without a paper

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PM Modi attacks Congress in Karnataka poll campaign, dares Rahul to speak for 15 minutes without a paper

New Delhi: While addressing an election rally in poll-bound Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on Congress party and its president. Without taking name, he challenged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak for 15 minutes without seeing any paper and in any language.

He called Rahul a “Naamdaar”, while saying that he was a “Kaamdaar”.

Modi said the Congress president was a ‘Naamdaar’, so how does he know about the efforts of Kaamdaars. He went on to further say that, “We are Kaamdaars. What is our level that we can sit with people like the Congress president, who look down on us?”

He said the Congress president did not even bother to congratulate the hardworking labourers (mazdoors) because of whom every village was getting electricity. He was referring to the BJP’s efforts at ensuring that electricity reached all the villages in the country.

He said, “He (Rahul Gandhi) had challenged him that if he spoke for 15 minutes then I will not be able to stand in front of him. Yes, you are right, you are a ‘naamdar’, what right do we ‘kaamdaars’ have to even sit in front of you.”

Daring Rahul to a debate, the PM added, “For 15 minutes, without taking a paper in your hand, can you please talk about the achievements of your government in Karnataka. You can speak in any language —English, Hindi or Italian.”

Attacking Congress party for not being able to provide electricity to all, he said, “I want to ask those who ruled India for a majority of the years since 1947- why did they not think about the 18,000 villages not having electricity.”

He said when there was Congress rule all roads of development were jammed because of corruption.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also figured in Modi’s speech. He questioned that in 2005, during the time of Sonia Gandhi’s government, Manmohan Singh had said he would provide electricity to every village by 2009. What happened to that?

Karnataka is going to vote on May 12.

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