BENGALURU: Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that democracy might not survive if he returned to office.
Siddaramaiah was raising the stakes against the Congress’ main opponent in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
“If democracy has to survive we need to defeat the BJP. If Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister again he will become a dictator and it is doubtful if there will be elections in the future," Siddaramaiah said while addressing a public meeting in Raichur, about 415 kms from Bengaluru.
The Congress, under Rahul Gandhi, has been trying to highlight the dangers of giving another term to Modi. Gandhi has been trying to state how Modi had helped several people to defraud banks to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees.
His earlier statements that “All Modis are chors", referring to Lalit.K.Modi and Nirav Modi, faced a backlash.
Lalit Modi, founder of the Indian Premier League, on Friday threatened to sue Gandhi for his remarks. “The #papu@rahulgandhi says “All MODIs are CHORs". Well he will be taken to court in the UK by Me. But reality is that the world knows 5 decades of daylight #looting of #India was and is done by none other than the #Gandhi #family 🙏 @narendramodi," he wrote on Twitter.
The Congress has been trying to push the BJP into a corner for letting several economic offenders flee India, lending credence to its slogan ‘Chowkidar chor hai’.
Gandhi, also in Raichur with former PM H.D.Deve Gowda and Andhra Pradesh CM, N.Chandrababu Naidu, said Modi had cheated the youth of Karnataka by giving the Rafale contract to industrialist Anil Ambani.
Gandhi addressed a rally in Gujarat and is scheduled to address another public meeting in Chikodi in Karnataka.
Gandhi addressed a rally in Gujarat and another public meeting in Chikkodi in Karnataka.
Speaking in Chikkodi, Gandhi took a jibe at Modi on the treatment meted out to veteran BJP leader, L.K.Advani. “In India nothing is greater than the guru. Modi talks about tradition but look at what he did to [former deputy prime minister LK] Advani. He should be ashamed, look what Advani did for him and Modi sidelined him in 2 minutes. He doesn't even greet him, looks the other way," Gandhi said.