Kumaraswamy is every one’s punching bag: Modi

Hubballi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the JDS-Congress coalition government in Karnataka and said there was not even a single day when the country doesn’t see the drama of the Kumaraswamy government.

The Prime Minister said the “New India” wanted a model that was strong and not a model that was helpless.

“Every single vote of yours will decide whether there will be honesty or dishonesty, progress or dynasty, whether there will be positivity or negativity. Whether you want clarity or confusion. The answer to this questions will decide our destiny,” he further said.

He further said the government was helpless and that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has become a punching bag.

Even as the State is facing a political turmoil Modi launched BJP’s campaign for Lok Sabha polls in north Karnataka. Speaking at the event, he stated that the Opposition wants to impose the same model on the country if it comes to power.

The Prime Minister’s visit also comes when BJP state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa is at the vortex of a row after Kumaraswamy released an audio clip of his purported conversation to lure a JDS MLA through his son in his alleged toppling game. Yeddyurappa, however, has dismissed the audio clip as fake and a complaint has been filed against the Chief Minister with the Vidhana Souda police.

Referring to the alleged brawl between MLAs Anand Singh and J N Ganesh, Modi said MLAs are fighting at hotels and breaking their heads. Several Congress leaders are fighting for their supremacy. “The Chief Minister here is every one’s punching bag. Every day he is getting threatened. Chief Minister’s whole energy is spent on saving his seat from big Congress leaders,” Modi said, referring to Kumaraswamy who, facing coalition pressures, has often openly expressed his ‘helplessness.’

He further said the CM publicly he weeps about his helplessness and he is being challenged by anyone and every one and that this model of Karnataka’s helplessness was being sought to be imposed on the country by the opposition parties, who have formed a grand alliance against BJP.

Apparently referring to Robert Vadra and Karti Chidambaram, he said “You are witnessing in Delhi who all are falling in line…about whose income people used to fear talking. They are made to make their appearances before court and agencies and answer questions. They are giving an account of their benami properties in the country and abroad,” he said.

Modi launched projects worth Rs 5,000 crore: the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Facility that includes 1.5 million metric tonnes reserves at Mangaluru (Rs 1227 crore) and 2.5 MMT at Padur (Rs 1693 crore) in Udupi district.

Foundation stone for the Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Information Technology at Dharwad, near Hubballi, was laid by the Prime Minister.

NT Bureau