AURAD: Escalating the battle in his eighth phase of campaigning in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa of spreading Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology across India.
While addressing a rally in Karnataka's Aurad, the Congress chief said that forthcoming Karnataka Assembly polls is a battle between two ideologies- Congress which believes in empowerment and the other is RSS-BJP.
"Prime Minister Modi and BS Yeddyurappa want to spread RSS' ideology across India. They only want that the ideology from RSS' Nagpur office should prevail in India," he said.
The Congress chief even alleged that both the BJP and the RSS's prime agendas are to polarise people to win elections.
"The BJP-RSS duo doesn't care about Karnataka's aspirations, it only cares about polarising people to win elections," he said.
He also questioned the silence of the Prime Minister on "Chhota Modi"(Nirav Modi) scam and BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay Shah's "dubious deals."
"He answers no questions on the scams perpetrated by his friends," Rahul added.
The Congress supremo also took a jibe at Prime Minister Modi for supporting Yeddyurappa and said, "Prime Minister Modi ironically speaks of anti-corruption from a stage he shares with Yeddyurappa."
Highlighting the achievements of the Congress government ruling in the state said, the Congress chief said that the election is not about the Prime Minister or him, but about the future of Karnataka.
He asserted that the Congress government in the state fulfilled 90 percent of the promises made in the manifesto in the previous assembly election.
"He (Prime Minister Modi) is campaigning in the state but he can't attack us on education because we have provided education right from kindergarten to children. He can't even attack us on the construction of roads, neither can he question us on farmer issues," Rahul said.
The Congress chief, who later addressed another rally Bidar, said that he would never make a personal attack on the Prime Minister, owing to his stature.
"'No matter what he (Prime Minister Modi) says about me, I will never make a personal attack on him as he is the Prime Minister of the country, but I can ask him questions," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, lashed out at the Congress for disrespecting the sacrifices of the country's soldiers and questioning them during the surgical strikes against Pakistan.
Addressing an election rally in Kalabugari district of poll-bound Karnataka, the Prime Minister said "Congress has no respect for the sacrifices of our soldiers. When our soldiers did surgical strikes, the shameless Congress party questioned the strikes and kept asking for proof," he said.
The Prime Minister also hit out at the Congress party for its 'disrespectful attitude towards the country's Armed Forces.'
"From insulting Field Marshall Cariappa and General Thimayya to calling our Army Chief a 'Sadak ka goonda' right after surgical strikes, they (Congress) have consistently shown their disdain for our brave heroes," he added.
Reminding the crowd of how Congress had let down its voters in the last election, Prime Minister Modi said, "During last elections, Congress promised they will make Mallikarjun Kharge Ji the Chief Minister. They misled the Dalit community. This is typically how Congress plays politics."
"We have seen the state being ruined for five years and we will no longer allow the state to be ruined further. People are seeing that in all corners of India the Congress is being rejected," he added.
Urging the people of Karnataka to vote for the BJP, the Prime Minister said that upcoming elections in the state is not only about electing MLAs but about the security of women and development of farmers.
Prime Minister Modi kickstarted a series of election rallies in the poll-bound state on May 1 by addressing three rallies in Chamarajanagara, Udupi and Chikkodi district in which he targeted the Congress party and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Today he will address two more rallies-one in Ballari and another in Ramanagar district.
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 225-member assembly. The results will be out on May 15.