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Karnataka elections: Modi’s speeches ‘don’t fill empty stomachs’, says Sonia Gandhi, PM accuses her of destroying Congress to save dynasty

  
  
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  Karnataka elections: "The country is surprised that wherever he (PM Modi) goes he speaks wrong. He distorts history, and for his political selfishness he uses our great freedom fighters as pawns on the chess board," said Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday. Raising political temperatures in what is perceived as a close fight in Karnataka which goes to polls on May 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday attacked each other and left no stones unturned to woo the electorate in the state. The face-off came in the district associated with Lord Basaveshwara, a 12th century social reformer and philosopher who founded the Lingayat religious order. Both the parties are making hard efforts to woo the numerically-significant community. Prime Minister Modi, who addressed a rally in the afternoon, made a sharp attack at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia, saying that the party was being destroyed to save a dynasty. “One thing is clear that the dynasty furthering which the Congress destroyed the nation, today to save that dynasty, Congress party is getting destroyed”, he said. Also read | Assembly election Highlights With the UPA chairperson set to address a rally in Vijayapura hours after him, Modi had taken a dig at Rahul, saying even leaders in his party doubted his ability to steer the Congress to victory in Karnataka. “Even Congress leaders have begun to feel that the son would not be able to help the party win Karnataka. I saw a Congress leader’s interview. So, send the mother to ensure its candidates can at least save their security deposits,” Modi said. Modi targeted the ruling Siddaramaiah government, saying there was not even a single minister “who has not faced allegations of corruption.” “If you bring the mother (Sonia) to Karnataka and she does something, then maybe the deposits can be saved. This is what Congress leaders have started speaking,” he said. Sonia Gandhi, who addressed a rally in the evening, accused PM Modi of making wrong statements and using freedom fighters like pawns of chess for his political interests.
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