Manifesto row: Congress accuses PM of attempting to create communal polarisation

Venugopal said Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has sought an appointment with the PM to "educate him" about the party manifesto.


Published Apr 22, 2024 | 3:23 PMUpdatedApr 22, 2024 | 3:23 PM

Donate for Desh crowdfunding KC Venugopal announced the Congress' new initiative. (Screengrab)

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his controversial speech at an election rally a day ago, the Congress on Monday, 22 April, accused him of attempting to create communal polarisation for electoral gains.

AICC general secretary in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal said Modi made statements that were not befitting the post of Prime Minister.

He alleged that the prime minister was quoting something that wasn’t there in the Congress manifesto and that he was attempting to create “communal polarisation” in the country for electoral gains.

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Kharge sought appointment with PM

Taking a jibe at Modi, Venugopal said Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to “educate him” about the party manifesto.

The Congress stepped up its attack on Modi after he suggested that if the Congress comes to power, it would redistribute people’s wealth to Muslims and cited former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s remark that the minority community had the first claim on the country’s resources.

Addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on Sunday, Modi had also alleged the Congress plans to give people’s hard-earned money and valuables to “infiltrators” and “those who have more children.”

Venugopal said all Congress leaders, including party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, will send copies of the manifesto to Modi.

He also alleged that Modi distorted the speech of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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