After casting his vote in Kalaburgi (Gulburga), Karnataka, on Tuesday, former president of All India Congress Committee and Kalaburgi Lok Sabha candidate, Mallikarjun Kharge, interacted with the media and slammed the BJP for suppressing the big issues by propagating false agenda on Rahul Gandhi's apology regarding the 'Chowkidar chor hai' comment.
"BJP always makes small issues big and big issues small. They are perfect in marketing, in advertising, false propaganda and telling lies to people is their business. And nobody is going to listen. This is a fact," Kharge said.
He added that the Supreme Court was aware of the misdoings in the Rafale deal and the facts will come out inspite of the BJP' diversion tactics.
"In Rafale deal, something has happened which Supreme Court also knows. The naming slogan in the election is a different issue. But you can't suppress the facts. You say that this word (chowkidar) or that word is not good, that is not the question."
On Monday, in an affidavit in response to a contempt of court plea filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Rahul Gandhi had admitted that he had wrongly attributed his 'Supreme Court has said Chowkidar Chor Hai' remark made after filing his nomination in Amethi to the apex court 'in the heat of political campaigning' and was regretful for the same.
Kharge, meanwhile, on being questioned about the chance of the Congress and the Grand Alliance against the BJP and its allies in this Lok Sabha elections, said that he felt confident of their victory according to the positive feedback of the people.
"See, I am hopeful that my party and the grand alliance will come to power and we have succeeded in stopping the BJP if you see the enthusiasm among the people voting in Gulbarga district and the entire nation. We are getting good feedback from the various parts of the country and we are going to win comfortably."
The phase three of the Lok Sabha polls is currently underway with one-fifth of the Lok Sabha seats (117 seats) are up for grabs. Polling is underway in 15 States and Union territories. This phase will also see the completion of voting in Gujarat (26 seats) and Karnataka (14 seats). Other states in contest are Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Uttar Pradesh (10 ), Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7 seats), Odisha (6), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1), Goa (2), Jammu and Kashmir (1) and Tripura (1).
The high profile seats in the poll fray are:
Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Amit Shah (BJP), Feroze Varun Gandhi (BJP), Azam Khan (SP), Jaya Prada (BJP), Shivpal Singh Yadav (PSP-Lohia), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF), Sharad Yadav (RJD), Ranjeet Ranjan (Congress), Sarfaraz Alam (RJD), Vijay Baghel (BJP), Jyotsna Mahant (Congress), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Arpita Ghosh (TMC), Abhijit Mukherjee (Congress), Badaruddoza Khan (CPI-M), Abu Taher Khan (TMC), Prakash Hukkeri (Congress), VS Ugrappa (Congress), Ananthkumar Hegde (BJP), Supriya Sule (NCP), Girish Bapat (BJP),