Addressing a rally in Koppal, Karnataka, PM Narendra Modi on Friday lashed out at Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) Chief H.D Kumaraswamy’s remarks that ‘he would take ‘sanyas’ from politics if BJP forms the Central Government post the 2019 polls’ asking if the father (Deve Gowda) has not retired from politics, will the son (Kumaraswamy) quit politics?
“I have been told that Devegowda’s son (H.D Kumaraswamy) has said that if BJP forms a government in the Centre then he would take up ‘sanyas’ i.e. retire from politics. Do you believe him? Do you think any of them speak the truth?”, he asked the crowds.
Reminding the crowd of Kumaraswamy's father, former PM Deve Gowda’s statement in 2014- that he would retire if Modi wins- the Prime Minister said:
“You will remember in 2014, former Prime Minister Devegowda had said if Modi becomes PM, then he would retire. Did he retire? When father did not retire do you think the son will retire? The entire family is now given a ticket to contest.”
Setting the objective of this Lok Sabha elections as a fight between the nation and political dynasties, he added:
“Seeing your enthusiasm, and realizing from his IB report, he (Kumaraswamy) would not have said this again. The direction of this election is seen from your enthusiasm. This election is between nationalism and dynasticism. Nation first or Family first. Both JD(S) and Congress who are the symbol for dynasticism, are connected to their family as much as they are disconnected from the nation.”
PM Modi in his speech referred to the time when the Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had said that he would retire from politics if the audio clip released by him about the BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa trying to lure a JD(S) MLA with a bribe and other offers was fake.
Karnataka is set to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in two phases. On April 18, the state will vote for 18 constituencies while on April 23 the remaining 14 polls will go to polls. Lok Sabha polling will take place in seven phases for all the 29 states and seven Union Territories beginning from April 11 to May 7, 2019. The results will be announced on May 23, 2019.