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Rahul Didn't Contest from Karnataka Fearing 'Revenge' from Gowda, Says PM Modi

PM Modi said though the Congress party has an understanding with the JDS in Karnataka, the Congress president chose Kerela fearing a defeat in the Karnataka if Gowda happened to bring back old rivalries.

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Updated:April 9, 2019, 6:52 PM IST
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Rahul Didn't Contest from Karnataka Fearing 'Revenge' from Gowda, Says PM Modi
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Mysuru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi did not contest Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka fearing revenge by coalition partner JDS' supremo HD Deve Gowda for being 'backstabbed' by Sonia Gandhi when he was removed as prime minister.

Addressing a rally here, he said the only vision and agenda of the Congress was "Modi Hatao" (remove Modi), which was also shared by the partners of "Mahamilavat", a derisive reference to the "grand alliance" of opposition parties.

Modi said Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has become a "punching bag" for the Congress.

He said though the Congress was sharing power with JDS in the state, Gandhi preferred Kerala for his second seat beside the traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh rather than Karnataka.

Modi claimed this was because the Congress feared that Gowda might take revenge over former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi "backstabbing" him when he was removed as Prime
Minister heading the United Front government in 1996.

He also said one could imagine the plight of the Congress today when its president's existing seat itself was in danger, referring to Rahul Gandhi contesting from the
second seat of Wayanad in Kerala.
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