Mysuru: Launching the party's campaign in Chamarajanagar, previous Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for utilizing the Ram Mandir issue and the surgical strike on a terror camp in Pakistan for his political ends with the Lok Sabha election approaching. Addressing the “Parivarthana Yatre” of the Congress in Chamarajanagar to commence the campaign for its sitting MP, R Dhruvanarayan, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that he was not against building the Ram Mandir, yet it had been a long time since the Babri Masjid was demolished and it had still not been built.
“What happened to the cash raised by the people for it? It is just during elections that they say they will construct the Ram Mandir,” he charged. Concerning the air strikes against Pakistan, he said that when the Congress was in power at the Centre, it had done 15 surgical strikes against it and vanquished it in two wars. “Yet the BJP, which has done only two surgical strikes, is now attempting to gain political mileage from them,” he asserted, including, “I have not seen a politician who lies as much as Mr. Modi does. The ‘acchhe din’ have come just for him, Amit Shah, Nirav Modi, and Mallya. The BJP has tried to change the Indian Constitution and if democracy has to be saved, no one should vote for it.”
Targeting state BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa next, he recalled that when he was Chief Minister he had refused to waive farm loans. “Presently what moral right does he need to remark on our government postponing these loans? What has Mr. Narendra Modi done? He has not waived farm loans given by nationalized banks in spite of offers," he said. KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao blamed Mr. Modi for just giving speeches and looking for attention, while the unemployment in the country remained at seven percent.