‘Prajwal Revanna raped 400 women,’ alleges Rahul Gandhi; ‘Why did Modi campaign for him?’ asks DK Shivakumar

At an election rally in Karnataka, Rahul Gandhi targeted Modi and said he should apologise to women for seeking votes for a "mass rapist"

BySouth First Desk

Published May 02, 2024 | 4:02 PMUpdatedMay 02, 2024 | 4:02 PM

Rahul Gandhi. (X)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that Hassan JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna had raped 400 women and made their videos, and sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for soliciting votes for him.

Addressing an election rally Shivamogga, he targeted Modi and said he should apologise to the women of India for seeking votes for the “mass rapist”.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said the Congress was questioning Modi over the alleged sex assaults involving Prajwal as he had campaigned for him in the Lok Sabha elections.

He was responding to state JD(S) president HD Kumaraswamy, who asked why Congress questioned the prime minister.

Prajwal, grandson of former prime minister and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda, is facing allegations of sexually abusing women. The state government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case.

Scores of explicit video clips allegedly involving the 33-year-old MP had started making the rounds in Hassan in recent days.

He was the NDA candidate in the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held on 26 April. JD(S) joined the NDA in September last year.

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‘Not scandal but mass rape’

“The PM should also apologise to the mothers and sisters of India. Prajwal Revanna rapes 400 women and makes videos. This is not a sex scandal but mass rape,” the former Congress president alleged.

“The prime minister supported the mass rapist on the stage in front of Karnataka. He (Modi) told Karnataka that if you voted for this rapist, it will help me,” Gandhi alleged and added: “Every woman in Karnataka should know when the prime minister was asking for your vote, he was aware of what Prajwal did.”

He further alleged that every BJP leader was aware that Prajwal was a “mass rapist” and yet they supported him and the party formed an alliance with JD(S).

“The PM has insulted every woman of India. The PM, Home Minister Amit Shah and all the BJP leaders should apologise to every woman of the country,” he charged, claiming that no leader in the world would have asked for votes for a “mass rapist”.

“It is news worldwide that the PM solicited votes for a mass rapist. This is BJP’s ideology. They are ready to form alliances and do anything for power,” Gandhi said.

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‘Prime minister campaigned for him’

Speaking to reporters in Kalaburagi, Shivakumar said, “The prime minister campaigned for the accused Prajwal Revanna. He is an NDA candidate and hence we are questioning him.”

To a question, Shivakumar, also state Congress president, said not a single BJP leader is talking in favour of victims on the Prajwal issue.

He said BJP leaders, Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, should go to the houses of the victims and console them.

“When they say they have respect for women, and when the photographs are there of their party workers (victims), they should meet them. Why aren’t they meeting them?” he asked.

(With PTI inputs)