Battleground Karnataka: BJP makes ‘massive’ scam allegation against Congress, Rahul Gandhi guns for Narendra Modi

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New Delhi | Updated: Feb 25, 2018 6:55 PM

Karnataka election 2018: Ahead of the high-octane electoral battle in Karnataka, the BJP has alleged a massive borewell scam involving state's Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya.

rahul gandhi karnatakaRahul Gandhi addressing an election rally in Karnataka. (Twitter/@INCIndia)

Karnataka election 2018: Ahead of the high-octane electoral battle in Karnataka, the BJP has alleged a “massive” borewell scam involving state’s Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya. The BJP has alleged that “bogus” bills were submitted for thousands of borewells under the Ganga Kalyana scheme. However, the borewells remained only on paper, the BJP has alleged. But the allegation has been denied by the minister concerned.

At a press conference on Saturday, BJP’s Karnataka general secretary Sobha Karandale said that on 22 January alone the state government had granted 36,000 borewells at a cost of Rs 36 crore. A six-day deadline was also set for the same. Karandale alleged such deadline indicated “bogus” billing was done. The BJP leader further claimed that in Holalkere constituency, represented by Anjaneya, as many as 1800 borewells were grated in a single day. She said that it was impossible to drill so many borewells in just six days.

Reacting to chief minister Siddaramaiah’s claim that the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra was a “90 percent commission” government, the BJP leader alleged that the Karnataka’s Congress government was a “100 percent commission government” reflected by the Ganga Kalyan scam.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked PM Modi, saying: “Today’s government at the center is only for the rich. Congress Govt in Karnataka is inclusive. We have worked for the farmers. Water is farmers’ lifeline and our Govt has worked to launch various irrigation projects.”

Addressing a rally in Jamakhandi of Karnataka, Gandhi further said, “Our Govt in Karnataka today gives free education to women up to Post Graduation. This is unlike the Govt in Gujarat, where most of the institutes are privatized and students have to bear the burden of hefty fees.”

At Bagalkote in poll-bound Karnataka, Gandhi said, “PM ne 2014 ke chunav mein har Bhashan mein kaha ki main desh ka chaukidar banna chahta hu.Ek taraf unke Ex-CM or dusri taraf 4 mantri Jail me samay kaatke aaye hain, aur chaukidaar desh ko kehta hai ki mai bhrashtachar ke khilaf ladne aaya hu. (In 2014, PM said in every speech that he wanted to become the country’s ‘chowkidar’. On one hand their (BJP’s) ex-CM and four ministers have come after spending time in jail, on the other the country’s ‘chowkidar claimed he has come to fight against corruption.”

Meanwhile in Puducherry today, PM Modi attacked the Congress party.

Commenting on the Congress governments of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Modi said, “One family either directly or indirectly ruled the country for 48 years.” On the other hand, PM said the NDA government will complete 48 months in May and intellectuals can debate the difference between Congress and BJP-led regimes.

PM also targetted Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy, saying: “I want to congratulate the Chief Minister of Puducherry because the Congress is going to exhibit him as a specimen after June.”

Veeraswamy reacted to Modi’s remarks. “It’s unfortunate that PM, holding the highest position, said this. Congress will win Mizoram, Meghalaya, Karnataka. We are in a winning position in Haryana and Maharashtra. The situation is changing today, people want Congress’ government,” he told ANI.

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