Addressing the sugarcane growers in Humnabad town here, Mr Shah refuted AICC President Rahul Gandhi's allegation and said "Congress leaders keep making baseless statements that the BJP government has waived industrial loans".
"I met Narendra Modi and asked him to waive the loan of the poor farmers just like he waived the loans of the businessmen. He had told the country not to make him Prime Minister but make him the chowkidar (watchman) of the country", he said at party rallies in Vijapura and Bagalkote districts in north Karnataka. "He lied to us and said that the Centre had not waived money or NPAs for industrialists, but we are aware of the truth". Narendra Modi was in full form on Sunday as he listed the achievements of his Government made during the last 48 months. When BJP national joint secretary (organisation) B L Santosh translated it to Kannada, the crowd roared, "No!" Gandhi went to temples and religious institutions known for their multi-religious and secular outlook on his four-day tour, but Shah took another tack and visited the famed Gurudwara in Bidar city and the Buddha vihar at Renukalgi, subtly underlining the BJP support to other minorities.
"You have adequate money to waive corporate loans of Rs. 17,15,000 crore and don't have money to waive farm loans of Rs. 12,60,000 crore". The Congress president said that Modi, who loves to give "long speeches", was quiet on the Rafale deal.
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Modi also said that the Congress would be left only with V.Narayanasamy as its Chief Minister from June onwards, as the party will be sent out in the three northeastern states where elections are being held, and similarly be voted out in Karnataka. Rao said Shah, who is also in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region of the state since Saturday, is meeting with representatives of various sections of he society, including farmers, backward class leaders, spiritual heads as well as booth-level workers as part of mobilisation for the elections. He alleged that during Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's tenure, around 3,781 farmers across the state had committed suicide.
The strategy to bring local issues to the fore is also part of BJP's plan to focus on the shortcomings of the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state which the former has branded as corrupt, "anti-Hindu" and lawless. "I have not seen a government as irresponsible and insensitive as this", Shah tweeted.