No ‘Modi wave’ in Karnataka, says DCM and state Congress chief DK Shivakumar

On Union Home Minister Amit Shah reportedly levelling corruption charge against him, Shivakumar said it was a political allegation.


Published Apr 03, 2024 | 6:40 PMUpdatedApr 03, 2024 | 6:40 PM

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar speaks during Dakshin Dialogues 2023 in Bengaluru on Saturday, 7 October, 2023.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress president DK Shivakumar on Wednesday, 3 April, said his party is in a comfortable position as there is no “Modi wave” in the state.

He claimed that the BJP did nothing in the state during its four-year rule and did not fulfil any of its promises.

“Congress is in a very comfortable position as far as Karnataka is concerned. There is no Modi wave in Karnataka because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not left any footprint in Karnataka during the last 10 years of his rule,” Shivakumar said in an exclusive interview with PTI.

He said while crores of rupees had been collected as taxes from Karnataka by the Union government, the state did not get anything in return, even during the severe drought being faced in 230 out of 236 taluks.

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Confident of victory in Bangalore Rural

On BJP fielding noted cardiologist Dr CN Manjunath against his brother and three-time MP DK Suresh in Bengaluru Rural constituency, Shivakumar claimed that Congress will win with a victory margin of over two lakh votes.

Regarding the BJP-JD(S) electoral tie-up in Karnataka, Shivakumar said it is a failed alliance and the people will reject it.

“(HD) Kumaraswamy (JD(S) leader and NDA’s Mandya candidate) and all the JD(S) candidates will lose,” he claimed.

On Union Home Minister Amit Shah reportedly levelling corruption charge against him, Shivakumar said it was a political allegation against him.

“There is nothing against me, they can’t prove anything. These are baseless allegations against me,” Shivakumar added.

Shivakumar denied any dissent in the party over ticket distribution for the Lok Sabha polls stating that the entire Congress party is united.

“There is no dissent and within 24 hours we will sort it out. But in the BJP, the party is burning from within. The BJP workers are going to kill the BJP itself. The BJP has changed (candidates) in around 10 seats and they know that they are losing in the campaigns,” he said.

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