BJP brought Modi to drum up communal sentiments: Kharge

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Bangalore, Mar 18 (UNI) Congress in Karnataka today accused that BJP had brought Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the state to whip up communal passion and divide the people before the elections to the state assembly.

Speaking to newspersons KPCC President Mallikarjun Kharge said that the saffron party had invited Mr Modi to address a farmers' convention in Hubli yesterday to fuel communal sentiments and his call to the people to bring 'Gujarat type' of government in the state was nothing but a plan to divide the people on communal lines.

Ridiculing Mr Modi's claim that he had taken up construction of three lakh water bodies in Gujarat to help farmers after BJP assumed power, Mr Kharge said that the BJP leader was misleading people.

"There cannot be more than 25,000 villages in Gujarat and where did the three lakh water bodies come from. Even if you take into count three tanks per village it will not cross 75,000. Mr Modi was only trying to take the people of Karnataka for a ride," he said.

Saying that BJP was only shedding crocodile tears towards farmers' woes, the KPCC Chief said it was the Congress government that had brought down the interest rates on farm loans and announced the historic Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver. "UPA Government at the center had disbursed a credit flow of Rs 240000 crores to farm sector as against Rs 120000 crores during the NDA regime' Mr Kharge said.

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