BANGALORE: Continuing to visit temples similar to his recent campaign in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi stopped at Kanakagiri in Koppal district of Karnataka on Monday to visit the Kanakachala Laxmi-Narasimha temple there. On a 4 day visit to the poll bound state, he also visited a dargah in Raichur the same day.
Responding to allegations that he suddenly remembers religion at the time of campaigning for elections only, he defended himself saying, ‘I like going to temples, wherever I get religious place I go there. I feel good and feel happy, and I will continue (to go).’
BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yedyurappa took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi alleging he had visited the temple after eating ‘javari’ chicken. He tweeted in Kannada, ‘At one side there is 10 per cent CM Siddaramaiah who took darshan of Dharmasthala Manjunatha after eating fish, on the other side there is Election Hindu @OfficeOfRG (Rahul Gandhi) who took darshan of Narasimha swamy after eating Javari chicken,’
Along with clippings that reported Rahul Gandhi visiting the temple after having chicken, Yedyurappa said in his tweet, ‘Why is Congress repeatedly hurting Hindu sentiments? Looking at everyone equally is Samajawad (socialism), yours is majawad (enjoyment).’
Rahul Gandhi, in keeping with his image of a progressive leader, interacted with business leaders and professionals in Gulbarga as he concluded his visit on Tuesday. He said that it was necessary to bring in more women in the administrative ecosystem in order to encourage female entrepreneurship.
He said, ‘I believe bringing as many women as possible in the administrative setup will boost entrepreneurship among women. As the President of Congress Party, this is what I wish to do and will do it.’ Calling the GST an ‘untested policy’, he said, it was imposed on the people of the country and promised to simplify the taxation policy after coming to power. ‘We asked Modi government to do a pilot test of GST and urged them to not impose an untested policy on the people. But they did not listen. We will simplify the GST,’ he said.
He also praised the Siddaramaiah regime for introducing and implementing pro-farmer policies in the state, saying, ‘Our policies reflect a balance between consumer and producer. We believe policies should protect farmers. Our government in Karnataka has done this.’ He also criticized the Centre’s pulses policy that had an adverse effect on farmers of Karnataka.
Rahul Gandhi also retaliated to the PM’s recent speech in Bangalore during the culmination of the Parivartan Yatra saying that Mr. Modi need not lecture Congress about governance, and it was actually Karnataka, a Congress ruled state, that is a corruption free and peaceful state, as opposed to BJP ruled states that are riddled with corruption and break down of law and order. He also alleged that the Central govt. had no money to waive off farmers’ loans while it could afford to waive off Rs. 1,30,000 crores of loans that big business houses had borrowed.