Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday profusely thanked the people of Karnataka in general and of Mandya and Bangalore rural in particular for bringing Congress to power in the state.
“It was a show of unity in opposing an unholy nexus of parties that wanted to defeat the secular forces,” she said in “thanksgiving” to the electorate of Karnataka.
The ‘Iron lady’ as the people of Mandya preferred to address her, became emotional for a fleeting moment over the massive mandate the Karnataka voters gave her party, but gathered her composure and launched a tirade against the “parties that had woven an anti-democratic network” to defeat the secular forces in the state.
“By bringing Congress to power in the assembly elections in 2013 and again sustaining the support in the by-elections to two Parliamentary seats of Mandya and Bangalore Rural, people of Karnataka have reiterated their support to democracy and secularism, which are the arch stones of Indian nation. I thank you,” she declared.
Sonia also expressed her gratitude to Kannadigas for rejecting “individualism” in the elections and for supporting the Congress that had maintained highest internal democratic standards.
Complimenting the Siddaramaiah government for its performance
since it came to power, Sonia said: “The Siddaramaiah government has introduced schemes like Anna Bhagya (subsidised rice) and Ksheera Bhagya (milk programme for school children) within hours after coming to power in the state, in a definite pro-poor and pro-downtrodden statement,” she said.
“We should now ask the same people who criticised the UPA and Congress, why their governments did not think of such pro-people programmes,” she said.
Siddaramaiah said the BJP tried to play the communal card in the last elections and had partnered strange bed fellows like the KJP and the JD(S) to defeat the Congress, but the people of Karnataka wanted a stable government under the Congress, which fought the elections alone.
“With the Congress coming to power, the BJP has been booted out from South India. In the next parliamentary elections, Congress will reduce the BJP in all states under the guidance of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
In a scathing remarks against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Siddaramaiah said: “Modi was daydreaming of becoming the prime minister, but he is in for a rude shock. He is counting his chicken too early, as the voters of India were moving away from communal politics,” he added.
The chief minister took the opportunity to nettle leaders of the JD(S). “The JD(S)’s so-called strong fort in Old Mysore area has been shattered and they are now shelterless,” he observed.