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Karnataka elections: Congress offers ‘lollipops’ to some caste groups before polls, says PM Modi

"The shortcomings in other parties are also due to the Congress culture. Until we free mainstream politics of the Congress culture, I do not think we can purify politics in the country,” PM Modi said.

Written by Johnson T A | Kumta (karnataka) |
Updated: April 27, 2018 12:49:58 am
Karnataka elections: Congress offers 'lollipops' to some caste groups before polls, says PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File)

BJP workers and candidates must fight the Karnataka Assembly elections on the NDA government’s development agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, describing as “lollipops’’ offerings made to caste groups by rival parties.

Addressing party workers via the NaMo mobile app, Modi also warned against being disheartened by the “lies” being spread by rival parties like the Congress.

“They do not want to discuss issues of development because development is something that can be measured. We can measure what existed earlier and what exists now. This is not acceptable to the other political parties because they have conducted all their politics on the basis of caste, creed and tradition and other countless divisive bases,’’ he said.

“What they do every time is give a lollipop to some caste or community such that they get trapped in that for the entire elections. They are then forced to vote emotionally. When the next elections come around, they will abandon this community and latch onto another community.”

He blamed the Congress for the ills in mainstream politics. “Can anyone deny the fact that the mainstream culture of India’s politics is linked to the lies and sins of the Congress party? The shortcomings in other parties are also due to the Congress culture. Until we free mainstream politics of the Congress culture, I do not think we can purify politics in the country,” Modi said.

“We want to fight the polls on the basis of development. We want to fight the polls on the strength of the organisation. We want to win the confidence of people and win the elections. We do not want to cheat people and win elections. If we win the hearts and minds of people, then no one can defeat us,’’ he told BJP workers and candidates.

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“After losing the last few elections, the Congress has been making false promises. Earlier they would only make a few promises without basis. You have to fight the lies and the campaign and the attempt to mislead, the use of foreign agencies. Workers should not lose confidence. We have to fight on our principles and ideology,’’ the PM said.

He outlined the work on toilet construction and renewable energy carried out in Karnataka since his government came to power, to highlight the development agenda that BJP workers and candidates must focus on while campaigning. “The development of Karnataka is the development of India,’’ he said.

Modi also said that party workers must call on voters to give the BJP a clear mandate since rival parties are trying to spread the message that the polls will throw up a hung Assembly.

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