It's 'seedha rupaiyya sarkar': PM on Siddaramaiah govt in Karnataka

PM Modi puts millets in a bag which were presented to him by farmers as Karnataka BJP President and chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa looks on, during the party's 'Farmers Convention' at Davanagere. Photo: PTI
In a blistering attack on the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dubbed it as "seeda Rupaiya sarkar" (money first) which should not be allowed to continue 'even for a minute'.

"It is now certain that this Karnataka government will go," he told a BJP farmers' rally here, asserting that there was public anger against the Siddaramaiah regime.

The rally was organised to synchronise with the 75th birthday of state BJP President B S Yeddyurappa, who is being projected as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

Charging that everything was happening for a price in Karnataka, Modi mocked the Siddaramaiah government as "a seeda Rupaiya sarkar".

"You have such a chief Minister here. Some people feel that in Karnataka there is Siddaramaiah government. But the fact is that here there is seeda Rupaiya sarkar. In every thing there is seeda Rupaiya, only then work happens," the Prime Minister said.

Modi posed to the crowd, "You tell me do you want this seeda Rupaiya culture? Do you want seeda Rupaiya kaarnaama? Will a common man get justice only from this seeda Rupaiya?"

"This seeda Rupaiya government has to go," Modi said, adding, there should be an honest government in Karnataka. "That is the reason now, that in Karnataka instead of seeda Rupaiya business there should be a government that listens to its people and does their work."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during BJP's 'Farmers Convention' at Davanagere. Photo: PTI
Stepping up his attack on the Siddaramaiah government on graft and blaming the Congress culture for the ills facing the country, Modi said the situation had now come to such pass that because of the "weight of their own sins, let alone Karnataka, they will not be able to save the Congress."

"You see across the country. Whenever the people have got an opportunity they have first removed Congress. Because the country has come to know that the root cause for all our ills is Congress culture and when there is congress culture, every thing that we see is not good..nothing good we can see," he said.

In Karnataka, Modi said, the people were eager to see the exit of the Siddaramaiah government.

"I have travelled to a couple of places in the state. I have seen the mood of the people. I have seen the anger against this government. Every one is worried about this government. There is such anger against this government... such governments are very less."

This was the third visit of Modi in about a month to Karnataka, where the party is seeking to return to power in the elections, expected to be held in April/May.

"In this country there was never a raid on residence of any sitting minister. Here in their houses you get diaries, money. You get bundles of notes from houses of leaders. Where did this money come from?"

"...Whose money is this? If this is not seeda Rupaiya what it is?," Modi said, apparently referring to the raids conducted by the Income Tax department on a state minister and a close aide of the chief minister last year.

"The kind of destruction that has happened in Karnataka, such a government should not be allowed to continue even for a minute," Modi said.

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