Rahul in Kolar: Targets Modi, says Adani is a symbol of corruption

During his first visit to Karnataka after the announcement of Assembly polls on March 29, Rahul singled out the Adani issue to take on the Prime Minister.

Rahul Gandhi in Kolar
(From left) Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, and at the 'Jai Bharat Rally' in Kolar, Karnataka. Image: Twitter/@INCIndia

In the district headquarters town of Kolar in Karnataka, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raising the Adani “corruption” issue on Sunday (April 16).

It was back in 2019, during his visit to Kolar, when he commented on the Modi surname, resulting in his conviction for criminal defamation and subsequent removal from Parliament membership.

In his first visit to Karnataka after the Assembly polls were announced on March 29, Gandhi emphasised on the Adani issue to target the Prime Minister.

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“Adani is a symbol of corruption,” he said addressing the Jai Bharat rally here.

Expressing confidence that the Congress would come to power in Karnataka, where Assembly elections are set to take place on May 10, Gandhi said the first Cabinet meeting after the party formed the government would approve its key poll promises, paving the way for their implementation.

“I am very glad the Congress party is fighting Karnataka Assembly elections unitedly,” he said.

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Senior Congress leaders including AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala, KPCC chief DK Shivakumar, and legislature party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah were among those who addressed the public meeting.

Rahul Gandhi was on March 23 sentenced to two years in jail by a court in Gujarat’s Surat in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his “why all thieves have the Modi surname” remark. A day later, he was disqualified from the Lok Sabha from the date of his conviction in the case. The Gandhi scion had made those remarks at Kolar in April 2019 during the Lok Sabha poll campaign.

(With agency inputs)