Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday released the party’s manifesto for Karnataka at a rally in Mangaluru district, ahead of Assembly elections on May 12. Gandhi said the manifesto contains the “Mann Ki Baat of people of Karnataka.”
He claimed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto will be written by just three or four BJP leaders sitting in a room. “It will be a manifesto of the RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] and in it they will put what they think is good for Karnataka,” he said. “There will be a certain amount of corruption hidden in that manifesto.”
The Congress manifesto, on the other hand, was written after visiting “every single district, every community, every region of this state”, he claimed. Gandhi quoted social reformer and philosopher Basavanna, saying, “When you say something, it must have some weight. It must mean something.” He said, “What we are going to say in this manifesto is going to be done. In our last manifesto, almost 95% of things that we said have been done. We have stood up to the ideals of Basavanna.”
He targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “The prime minister guaranteed a corruption-free government and you can see one scam after another, whether it’s Amit Shah’s son or Nirav Modi.”
Speaking at the rally, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “Karnataka is the top job-creating state in India and we have received the maximum investments. We will continue in our efforts to build a Nava Karnataka.”
G Parameshwara, president of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, said the manifesto is a big step in taking the state to the next level. “We will win the election and ensure that our Government will fulfill the promises made in the manifesto”, reported The Indian Express.