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Karnataka Cong chief lashes out at PM

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Hours before launches BJP's campaign in for the polls, the Sunday questioned the saffron party over its alleged bid to topple the coalition government is the state.

The is scheduled to address a rally at Hubballi in northern part of the state later this evening.

Speaking to reporters here, Pradesh posed a few questions to Modi and demanded answers from him.

"Your (PM's) popular slogan has been, 'Na khaoonaga, na khaane doonga' (I will neither indulge in corruption, nor let others indulge in it). Then how did you let horse-trading and bribing of MLAs by your party leaders take place in Are you willing to take any unethical action in order to attain power?" he questioned.

"How do you justify statements of your (B S) Yeddyurappa in an audio clip that surfaced, where Yeddyurappa offered money to MLAs to switch sides and spoke about your illegitimate control over the judicial system," he asked.

"Please make it a point to answer these very legitimate questions during your visit to Hubballi. These questions aren't political in nature. These are quintessential questions of public importance, especially to the people of Karnataka," he said.

Amid the turmoil in the ruling coalition that has cast a shadow over the stability of his government, H D Kumaraswamy had Friday released the audio clip in which Yeddyurappa was purportedly trying to lure JD(S) MLA through his son.

The state BJP strongman had, however, said the audio clip was 'fake' and a "concocted story".

The also alleged discrimination by the Centre against the state, saying was reeling under drought and had requested Rs 2,400 crore to deal with it, but the Centre has released only Rs 900 crore.

On the other hand the central government's assistance to NDA-ruled stood at Rs 4,714.28 crore, he claimed.

He said mandatory payments of MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) workers to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore is still pending, and hit out at the for claiming credit for establishing an IIT in Dharwad, without acknowledging the state government's contribution for allotting a 500-acre prime land.

Ahead of the BJP rally, the PM is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the (IIT-Dharwad) on Sunday.

Alleging that the Karnataka was not officially invited to the event, Rao termed it an 'insult' to the state.

He also targeted the PM on Rafale deal and alleged "sidelining" of Bengaluru-headquartered HAL.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 18:25 IST