Congress pursuing policy of “divide and rule”: Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of pursuing the policy of “divide and rule”, and asserted the party would be uprooted from Karnataka in the Assembly elections.Modi lashed out at the Siddaramaiah government over alleged corruption, saying there is not a single minister who is not facing allegations of financial wrongdoing.Modi repeatedly referred to Basaveshwara, the 12th century reformer-statesman, who is worshiped by the Lingayats, in an apparent effort to win over the numerically strong and influential community.

The state’s ruling Congress has recommended religious minority tag for the Lingayats, a traditional vote base of the BJP, a move, many feel, was aimed at splitting their votes.”Tell me the name of a single minister who is not facing allegations of corruption,” he said, a day after Siddaramaiah sent legal notices to Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, threatening to file civil and criminal defamation suit against them for making unfounded allegations against him.

Modi claimed now even senior Congress leaders have lost confidence in Rahul Gandhi’s ability to secure victory for the party in Karnataka.