Rahul Gandhi offers prayers, seeks blessings of Goddess Chamundeshwari

Brenda Watkins
March 25, 2018

Apart from several scheduled programmes throughout the day, the Congress President will hold a public meeting at Malavalli, Mandya in the evening.

Addressing a rally in poll-bound Karnataka after visiting a temple of Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysuru, he said the BJP was not only snatching away people's money through note ban and GST, but "there is new fashion now, they are attacking the Constitution".

Invoking Basaveshwara's teachings, Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of not following the philosopher's famous dictum of practising what one preaches.

With elections for the 224-member Karnataka assembly on the horizon, the state has witnessed frequent visits by national leaders, from both the Congress and the BJP.

Prasad recently insisted that the Congress has used the services of Cambridge Analytica and said several media reports about the opposition party using the services of the firm had appeared in October and November previous year and it never denied those stories till the BJP raised the issue.

"I want to tell Congress workers and leaders who have stood behind us that the Congress will win the next Karnataka election with a bang".

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Gandhi said transparency alone can check corruption and black money and the Congress government had taken certain steps like Right to Information.

Stating that the Congress believed in the ideology of 12th century saint, social reformer Basavanna, Gandhi said JDS call themselves secular, "but they have become the B team of BJP and are supporting them".

He had earlier toured the northern, coastal and Malnad regions.

Prasad termed Gandhi's attack "deeply reprehensible" and tweeted: "Mr. Rahul Gandhi, the notice given to Cambridge Analytica for Data Manipulation has naturally anxious you". The students mobbed Mr. Gandhi for selfies after the interactive session.

One person experimenting with the nation was unsafe, he said.

During the interaction, a student, Afreen, asked Rahul Gandhi why there was free healthcare in Singapore even though they have only one GST slab of 7%, which India lacks despite having 28% GST.

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