Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came down heavily on the alliance government led by Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) at a rally in Karnataka’s Chitradurga accusing them of “neither respecting soldiers nor science”.
“When we attacked terrorists it hurt Pakistan, and Congress and its allies wept over the action. Just like air strike, they also raised questions on strike in the space. They didn’t have the courage to sanction missile tests,” the PM said at a massive Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in this constituency in south Karnataka.
“They neither respect soldiers and nor science. It’s about time to teach a lesson to such parties and people,” he said.
The PM said that the two parties – Congress and JD(S) – created divide in the society based on religion and caste for votes during the state assembly elections last year.
“Congress did injustice with capability, resources and dreams of the country. We didn’t deserve such govt. They have done injustice with four generations of this country,” he said.
“No one knows who’s running Karnataka’s government because both of the defeated parties have come together for the power in the state,” he added.
Following the elections, BJP emerged as the single-largest party but could not form a government as it was just short of the majority. The Congress and JD(S) formed an alliance to form the government led by HD Kumarawamy.
Taking a jibe a Kumaraswamy, Modi said that when India attacked terrorists in Pakistan, the CM of Karnataka raised questions on the valour of the forces.
“We attacked terror in Pakistan, but some people in India felt the pain. The CM here went a step further – he said talk of the valour of our forces should not be done. It damages his vote bank. I want to ask him: is your vote bank in India or Pakistan?” the PM said.
Underlining the developmental schemes for the farmers in the state, the PM said that the BJP has in its manifesto promised to “make changes in the current scheme and all farmers, irrespective of small or big, will benefit from PM Kisan scheme”.
He also said that the Congress-JD(S) government in the failed to waive off loans of farmers despite their promise.