Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today underlined that Rahul Gandhi must continue as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) President since there is no alternative.
“He [Rahul Gandhi] should continue in the post as the party needs him in the present situation. I am sure he will continue to lead the party,” he told newsmen here .
Responding to questions on the country’s economic growth under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he alleged that the country’s economic growth had gone down drastically and growth was said to be the lowest in the last 45 years. “This has resulted in escalating unemployment problem, besides the collapse of the rupee value,” he added.
Siddaramaiah alleged that the five-year rule of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had messed up the economy and wondered why people still chanted the ‘Modi’ mantra in spite of the slow economic development. The economy could not be resurrected under the BJP-led government since it had failed in its previous regime.
“Instead of focusing on development issues, the BJP leaders made speeches, told lies and raised emotional issues to mislead the people,” he charged.
He alleged that BJP leaders were successful in making the people believe in their ‘dramas’ and ‘lies’. “The people got misled by it and the media should also take the blame for what happened,” he said.
The Congress-JDS Coalitionn Government Coordination Committee Chairman said the Pulvama attack was the fallout of intelligence failure and the government covered up its lapses on national security. “We get the flak if we question their lapses. Being a citizen of this country, I have the right to speak on my country’s economy and lapses. They cannot stop me,” he said.
Siddaramaiah said that “the people get angry with us if we tell the truth. We are in a predicament.”