Kharge Accuses Modi of Divisive Speeches, Urges Focus on Government Performance

Congress President Kharge accuses PM Modi of using "polarizing and sectarian speeches" to avoid defeat in upcoming elections, urges him to seek votes based on government's performance.

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Kharge Accuses Modi of Divisive Speeches, Urges Focus on Government Performance

Kharge Accuses Modi of Divisive Speeches, Urges Focus on Government Performance

In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge accused the PM of using "polarizing and sectarian speeches filled with falsehoods" to avoid an inevitable defeat in the upcoming elections. Kharge urged Modi to seek votes on performance of his government over the last ten years instead of resorting to "antagonistic speeches".

Kharge made these remarks in a letter rebutting the charges and attacks leveled against the Congress party by the PM in his letter to NDA candidates after the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls. Kharge denied the Congress's attempts to appease Muslims for votes, and instead accused the BJP government of appeasing China. He also challenged Modi to debate the Congress manifesto and his claims.

Why this matters: The war of words between the leaders of India's two main political parties highlights the increasingly polarizing nature of the ongoing Lok Sabha election campaign. The outcome of this high-stakes battle will determine the direction of the country for the next five years.

Kharge rebutted Modi's claims that the Congress party intends to snatch reservation from SC, ST, and OBC communities and give it to their vote bank. "The voters are intelligent enough to understand the Congress manifesto and its guarantees," Kharge said. He accused the RSS and BJP of opposing reservations since 1947.

The Congress President also criticized Modi for not addressing issues like inequality, unemployment, and price rise, and instead focusing on polarizing rhetoric. Kharge requested Modi to direct his party to return the Rs 10 crores that were allegedly swindled from poor Dalit farmers in Gujarat and given as electoral bonds to the BJP.

Kharge's letter comes as the Lok Sabha elections enter a critical phase, with voting completed in over half of the constituencies. The Congress party is hoping to unseat the BJP-led NDA government, which has been in power since 2014. The final phase of voting is scheduled for May 19, with results to be declared on May 23.

Key Takeaways

  • Kharge accuses PM Modi of using "polarizing and sectarian speeches" to avoid defeat.
  • Kharge denies Congress's attempts to appease Muslims, accuses BJP of appeasing China.
  • Kharge challenges Modi to debate Congress manifesto and his claims.
  • Kharge criticizes Modi for not addressing issues like inequality, unemployment, and price rise.
  • Lok Sabha elections enter critical phase, with results to be declared on May 23.