Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi called upon party state leaders and cadres to work unitedly and assured a congress win in 2018 Karnataka Assembly Election, which is due in April-May next year. He said the party will win because of the work done for farmers, Dalits, Adivasis, backward class and weaker sections. He was addressing a rally in Karnataka’s northern region, 500 KM from Bangalore.
The party, which returned to power in May 2013 after a decade in the opposition, will contest the assembly election on the basis of its performance over the last four years, including various welfare schemes for the people across the state, he said. The party’s state unit felicitated Gandhi for his role in getting special status to the region during the UPA rule by an amendment to Article 371(J) of the Constitution, which provides more seats in educational institutions and government jobs for its people.
Accusing the NDA Central government of making hollow and false promises but not delivering them, Gandhi said the Congress always fulfilled the promises it made in its election manifestos. Lauding the state government for waiving farm loans of the drought-hit farmers, Gandhi mocked Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for waiving loans of rich industrialists but not of farmers.
Recalling the contribution of the UPA government to the farmers, Gandhi said the Minimum Support Price (MSP) on crops used to increase 15 per cent annually as against two-three per cent yearly since the BJP came to power in 2014. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, party leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge, party General Secretary and state in-charge K.C. Venugopal, state unit President G Parameshwara and other party leaders were present on the occasion.