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Previous BJP government in Karnataka broke graft records: Rahul

IANS  |  Hospet (Karnataka) 

on Saturday hit out at the (BJP) saying the previous BJP government in the southern state "broke graft records" with numerous scams.

"While talks about corruption, he forgets that it was the BJP government led by that broke records in corruption with land scam, mining scam etc.," Gandhi said, addressing a party rally here in Hospet in district, about 350km from Bengaluru.

Yeddyurappa, the BJP state unit's president, was the Minister of the state from 2008 to 2011, when he was forced to step down from the post over his alleged involvement in a land scam.

Gandhi is on a four-day visit to the poll-bound state, where legislative assembly elections are due in April-May. This was his first visit to the state after he took over as the party in December.

He kicked off the party's poll campaign from Bellary, the constituency from where his mother and former had defeated BJP in the 1999

He claimed the Siddaramaiah-led state government was a "clean" administration.

"We are proud that was a clean administration. When we come to power next, we will work twice as hard," the asserted.

The Congress party, however, will not claim that any one party or person has developed Karnataka, said Gandhi.

"is not built by any single person, but by its farmers, women, youth and labour," Gandhi reiterated.

Gandhi also met the beneficiaries of Article 371-J under which people from the old Hyderabad-region are given employment and seats for education on preference and priority.

"made sure the Hyderabad-region got its special status and kept the promise, at a time when the BJP said it was not possible," he recalled.

The region currently receives Rs 4,000 crore, as against to Rs 350 crore grants it earlier got, Gandhi added.

Gandhi later also visited in the neighbouring Koppal town and Gavi Siddheswara Lingayat Mutt to meet its

Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, state Congress G. Parameshwara, Siddaramaiah were among the others present at the public rally.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 19:46 IST