Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday tweeted Central government's report card on agriculture and gave the Prime Minister Narendra Modi an "F" Grade for his performance in the agricultural sector in poll-bound Karnataka.
Gandhi said the election in Karnataka was not about Narendra Modi or himself but it was about the future of the people of the state.
The Congress, in its manifesto released on April 27, vowed to create 1 crore jobs in the southern state over the next five years.
The outcome of the last 10 days of campaigning for the Karnataka Assembly elections will cast considerable light on how the Lok Sabha polls may play out whenever they are held, in April-May 2019 or earlier.
Calling the Karnataka elections a contest between two ideologies, Gandhi said that on one hand there is Congress with the ideology of unity, compassion & an inclusive Karnataka while on the other there was BJP-RSS with the ideology of hatred & division. "We hope more rallies of the PM will tilt the balance in the BJP 's favour", the first BJP leader said.
The Vijayanagara kingdom was a model State with much natural resources and wealth, said Modi.
"Are you not trying to induct the Reddy brothers into the Assembly?"
The 47-year-old Congress leader questioned Modi's silence when Nirav Modi fled the country with thousands of crores of rupees of public money and on the alleged windfall profits registered by BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay Shah's firm after the BJP took power at the Center in 2014.
He said, "Look at the rising illegal mining in the state".
Not a single project could be undertaken in Karnataka without corruption and bribery, The Indian Express quoted Modi as saying.
Addressing a massive gathering, Modi said, "The Congress has not lost any opportunity to defame this former region of Vijayanagara for its own political ends".
No MSP+50%, for Karnataka farmers.
"While the poor people of the country stood in queues and went through troubles post demonetisation, the likes of Chhota Modi looted people's money and escaped", said Gandhi referring to the Nirav Modi scam adding that the PM never speaks on the issue.
"The army won the battle against Pakistan in 1948 under the leadership of General Thimayya, but the man who saved Kashmir had to resign because of insult and to protect his self-respect".