Wealth redistribution: Former PM HD Deve Gowda accuses Congress of insulting its 2 former PMs

“Rahul Gandhi wants to do a wealth survey and redistribute it. Does he think he is a Maoist leader?”: HD Deve Gowda asks

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 24, 2024 | 4:44 PMUpdatedApr 24, 2024 | 5:51 PM

File photo of HD Deve Gowda.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Wednesday, 24 April, said that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi insulted its own two former prime ministers — PV Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh “by speaking of wealth redistribution”.

“Rahul Gandhi wants to do a wealth survey and redistribute wealth. Does he think he is a Maoist leader? Is he dreaming of a revolution? By speaking of wealth redistribution Rahul Gandhi has insulted and humiliated two Congress Prime Ministers who brought market reforms and increased the wealth of this nation,” he said in a statement.

He accused Rahul Gandhi of tearing up the economic reforms of the former prime ministers “like he had torn up an ordinance issued by the Manmohan Singh government”.

“He is indirectly trying to say that all that the two Congress prime ministers did was wrong,” said Deve Gowda.

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‘Wants to turn the country upside down’

He also accused the grand old party of wanting to turn the country upside down.

“The Congress has promised so many things in its manifesto that only a party that is very sure of never coming to power will promise so much. They want to turn this country upside down. They want power at any cost,” the JD(S) supremo said.

He also questioned Rahul Gandhi’s promise of providing 30 lakh new jobs.

“Rahul Gandhi wants to give 30 lakh new central government jobs. I have run this country. There are only 40 lakh sanctioned jobs. How can he overnight add 30 lakh more jobs? How much will he pay these people? Where will he employ them? Will he make them lift operators in government offices in four shifts?” he asked.

“Only someone with no practical knowledge can speak like this,” the former prime minister added.

He also questioned P Chidambaram, who was the Congress’ manifesto committee chairman.

“Does he agree with Rahul Gandhi’s immature economic ideas?” asked Deve Gowda.

Deve Gowda’s JD(S) is contesting the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka in alliance with the BJP with the regional party fighting in three constituencies and the saffron party in the remaining seats.

Lok Sabha elections will be held in the 28 constituencies in Karnataka in two phases on 26 April and 7 May.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)