PM takes dig at Cong dynastic rule

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"I met PM Narendra Modi and asked him to waive the loan of the poor farmers just like he waived the loans of the businessmen".

In a Congress rally in Mulawad, he said, "On one side there is his party's (former) chief minister (B S Yeddyurappa) who had gone to jail and on the other side are the other four former ministers of the BJP government who had gone to jail; sitting in between them, PM Modi speaks about corruption".

Reacting angrily, Narayanasamy told ANI that Modi's choice words was "unfortunate.' He said, "It is unfortunate that the prime minister, holding the highest position, made such a remark. We need to ask ourselves what did we lack in our political culture, our system that we are still lagging behind several nations", Modi, who was addressing a rally in Puducherry, said".

"I posed the same question to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He not only replied but also waived the loan", Rahul said.

"Aapne desh ke 10 sabse ameer udyogpatiyon ka loan maaf kiya, Modi ji kya aap hindustan ke kisaanon ka loan maaf karoge?"

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Christened as "Shakti", the communication bridge between Gandhi and the party's booth-level functionaries is expected to be launched before the second week of March.

Mr Gandhi, invoking 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara from Karnataka, said "Nudidante Nade" (practise as you preach), and asked the prime minister to walk the talk on such issues.

"Gandhi will tour Belagavi, Vijayapura, Bagalkot and Dharwad districts in the state's northwest during the second leg of his visit to Karnataka as part of our "Jana Ashirwada Yatra" to seek blessings of the people for the upcoming assembly poll" party's state unit president G. Parameshwara told reporters here. Rahul has accused the Modi government of "looking the other way" while those guilty of financial irregularities, like diamantaire Nirav Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, fled the country. During his visit, he also stopped at several prominent local temples and religious centres.

Predicting the electoral reverses for the Congress in elections to north-eastern States and Karnataka, he said the Congress rule would be limited to a few States, including the Union Territory of Puducherry.

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