Former PM Deve Gowda Campaigns for BJP in Karnataka, Accuses Congress of Looting State

Former PM Deve Gowda campaigns for BJP-led NDA in Karnataka, accusing Congress of misappropriating resources. CM Siddaramaiah hits back, calling PM Modi 'useless'. High-stakes political battle ahead of 2024 polls.

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Former PM Deve Gowda Campaigns for BJP in Karnataka, Accuses Congress of Looting State

Former PM Deve Gowda Campaigns for BJP in Karnataka, Accuses Congress of Looting State

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, the 91-year-old Janata Dal (Secular) leader, has hit the campaign trail in Karnataka for the BJP-led NDA ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Gowda accused the ruling Congress party in the state of misappropriating resources and failing to fulfill its promises to the people.

During his campaign speeches, Gowda took aim at the Congress government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He alleged that the Congress has been exploiting caste compositions for its own political gain rather than working for the welfare of the state. Gowda questioned why Karnataka did not receive its rightful share of taxes and funds from the central government during times of droughts and floods under Siddaramaiah's leadership.

In response, CM Siddaramaiah launched a scathing attack on both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Deve Gowda. He called Modi a 'nalayak' (useless) and accused him of betraying the youth by not fulfilling his promises. Siddaramaiah also criticized Gowda for supporting Modi and the BJP, despite the alleged injustices faced by Karnataka under their rule.

Why this matters: The high-profile campaign by Deve Gowda, a veteran politician and former PM, for the BJP-led alliance highlights the intensifying political battle in Karnataka ahead of the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The accusations and counter-accusations between the Congress and BJP camps reflect the high stakes involved in securing the southern state.

Gowda's son and former Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy, who is the NDA's candidate from the Mandya Lok Sabha seat, clarified that there are no plans for a merger between the JD(S) and BJP at this stage. He stated that the two parties will work together for now. Kumaraswamy also defended the secular credentials of the JD(S), saying, "The Congress has been misusing caste compositions for its own benefit."

Key Takeaways

  • Former PM Deve Gowda campaigns for BJP-led NDA in Karnataka ahead of 2024 polls.
  • Gowda accuses Congress govt of misappropriating resources and failing to fulfill promises.
  • CM Siddaramaiah hits back, calls PM Modi 'useless' and criticizes Gowda's BJP support.
  • No plans for JD(S)-BJP merger, but parties to work together for now, says Kumaraswamy.
  • Intense political battle in Karnataka as parties vie for advantage in 2024 Lok Sabha polls.