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Rahul Never Disrespected Deve Gowda, Says Congress After Modi's Attack

The Congress on Wednesday said, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who 'disrespected' his two predecessors (Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda) and sought an apology from him for it.


Updated:May 2, 2018, 11:29 PM IST
Rahul Never Disrespected Deve Gowda, Says Congress After Modi's Attack
(From left) Congress president Rahul Gandhi, JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bengaluru: The Congress on Wednesday said its president Rahul Gandhi has not shown any disrespect towards JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda as stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hitting back, the party said it was Modi who 'disrespected' his two predecessors (Manmohan Singh and Gowda) and sought an apology from him for it.

"There is no disrespect expressed ever towards Deve"Gowda by Rahul is not the Congress culture to" insult," deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma told reporters in Bengaluru.

Accusing the prime minister of assaulting the dignity"of his office with his expressions and language, he said during campaign speeches he had"said things that were not true.

"This government's very foundations are on false promises, lies, deceit, propaganda and boastful claims," he alleged adding Modi and his government were in the "departure lounge".

He said Congress knew Gowda was a very senior and respected" leader.

"When Deve Gowda ji was prime Minister his government had the full support of the Congress party. Rahul Gandhi has not said anything derogatory about Shri Deve Gowda," he said.

Sharma alleged there was an "opportunistic understanding and unholy nexus" with the JDS that the prime minister and BJP chief Amit Shah had sought and created. That was the reason a question had been asked and criticism levelled, he said.

In remarks that raised eyebrows in political circles, Modi, addressing an election rally on Tuesday, had lashed out at Gandhi for 'insulting' Gowda, saying it showed his'arrogance'.

Sharma insisted that Modi apologise for repeatedly insulting former prime minister Manmohan Singh, whom he described as "one of the respected elders, leaders and statesmen."

The country had seen how "insulting and disrespectful" Modi had been towards Singh in the Parliament itself. "So let him apologise," the senior Congress leader said.

He recalled Gowda had in the run up to 2014 elections said he would take political sanyas if Modi became the prime minister. Modi had also said he would send Gowda to a "old age home," Sharma alleged.

"Let him also apologise to Deve Gowda ji... Let the people of Karnataka know this prime minister has a forked tongue and basically he is a master in the art duplicity and hypocrisy," he added.

Attacking the government on a host of issues including women's safety, farmer issues, bank fraud and Rafale deal, Sharma said, "Modi should know the time has come and the countdown for BJP will start from Karnataka."

"...he is in the departure lounge ; his government is in the departure lounge. People of India are not disappointed but fed up of untruth, lies, false promises and false claims," insulting the wisdom of the people and they are waiting to send them off," he charged.

Charging that the announcement on creation of 15 million jobs in the country had been made with an eye on Karnataka polls, he said, "This is yet another lie and a false claim."
| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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