Karnataka: Peace & harmony very important for businesses to prosper, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said harmony and peace were the most important things for businesses to prosper and pledged to restore them in Karnataka if the party was voted to power.

Gandhi’s comments at former CM Siddaramaiah’s 75
th birthday celebrations at Davanagere come in the backdrop of recent killings in coastal Dakshina Kannada and the assembly polls that are about nine months away.

People in the US, Gandhi said, would say Karnataka never faced the kind of violence it was witnessing now, and a divided society was detrimental to businesses.

When Congress was in power in the state, it brought all people together and nurtured harmony. But the BJP regime was dividing people and creating hatred, he said, adding that it was working against the principles social reformer Basava preached.

In an assertion that the Congress leaders were united, the former AICC president said he was happy to see Siddaramaiah and KPCC president DK Shivakumar hug each other. The Congress was completely united to defeat the BJP and RSS in Karnataka, he said, in an implicit message to voters that there was no rift between the two tall leaders.

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He praised the five-year rule of Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar’s contribution to building the party in a bid to project them as one team working for the success of the party.

The Congress party, if elected to power, would not only rebuild peace, but would deliver a clean and honest government focussed on the future of the state, Gandhi said.

He slammed the Basavaraj Bommai government as the most corrupt, and later tweeted that the “BJP’s 40% commission govt” ran opposite to Guru Basavanna’s ideals of honesty and work is worship. The Congress, he vowed, would “uproot this corrupt and inefficient govt.”

Siddaramaiah ran the Congress government with a sense of fairness to everyone with several pro-people programmes such as Anna Bhagya, Ksheera Bhagya, Krishi Bhagya and Indira Canteens, but the BJP government was destroying everything the Congress built.

“You will get a government that will work for every person in Karnataka,” the Congress leader said, appealing for voter support at the next elections, and added his party regime would re-establish the ties between the US and Karnataka to build a robust Bengaluru.

Karnataka was put at the centre of computing in the world by the Congress party led by the late Rajiv Gandhi just when the BJP leaders were ridiculing computers, the Congress leader said at the event.

The Congress leader attacked the Modi government saying its twin programmes of demonitisation and flawed GST had destroyed small and medium business and hurt farmers.

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