Vastavam web: Claiming that the Congress and the JD(S) have entered into a “secret” pact for the Karnataka Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday H D Deve Gowda’s party was “protecting” the Congress.Addressing an election rally here, Modi alleged that the Congress, for years, spoke about poverty eradication only to garner votes, while neglecting farmers and the poor”Poll surveys, political pundits everyone is saying the JD(S) cannot defeat Congress. They cannot form government. If anyone can change the government in Karnataka, it is the BJP.”Why are you hiding this? Congress should have the courage to speak out the truth to people.”
Modi, however, insisted he still has respect for Deve Gowda, who had announced before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls that he would commit suicide if he became the prime minister.The prime minister said despite Deve Gowda opposing him, when he came to the southern state of Karnataka for campaigning during the Lok Sabha elections, he said the JD(S) leader should live for 100 years and serve the society.But two days later at a rally in Bengaluru, Modi asked people not to “waste” their votes by backing Deve Gowda’s party as it was going to finish “a poor, distant third” in the elections
Modi said the Congress, which ruled the country for decades, with “one family” in power for most part, neglected the poor and farmers.”Garibi, garibi, garibi (poverty, poverty, poverty) was their constant rant. But once the son of a poor mother became the prime minister, they clammed shut…now they don’t talk about poverty,” he said.