Rahul Gandhi today demanded answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the BJP giving tickets to those allegedly involved in corruption, including its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.
With only a week left for the Karnataka elections, the Congress president put out a video titled ‘Karnataka's Most Wanted’ on his Twitter account to highlight the issue.
The video had photographs of Modi and other BJP leaders with the party’s election candidates, including former ministers who have cases of corruption registered against them.
The video says, “Dear PM, Will you speak for 5 minutes on eight tickets to the Reddy Brothers Gang? Making someone who has 23 cases of corruption, cheating, forgery, your CM candidate?.”
“When will you speak on your top 11 leaders facing corruption cases?” the video says, carrying pictures and names of BJP leaders Sriramulu, Somashekhar Reddy, TH Suresh Babu, Katta Subramanya Naidu, CT Ravi, Murugesh Nirani, ES EN Krishnaiah Shetty Malur, Shivana Gauda Nayak, R Ashok, Shobha Karandlaje, who are candidates in the upcoming polls.
It goes on to accuse Modi of putting a lid on Rs 35,000-crore illegal iron-ore mining scam of the Reddy brothers. Taking a dig at the prime minister, the video says, "Awaiting your reply! “PS: You can refer to a paper for answers.” The reference is to Modi’s earlier remarks that Gandhi cannot speak for even five minutes without referring to notes.
This was Modi’s response to the Congress chief's challenge to face him in Parliament when he alleged that the prime minister could not stand for five minutes in Parliament if he allowed speaking for 15 minutes.
The Karnataka Assembly elections are slated for May 12 and results will be out on May 15.