BJP has mortgaged Karnataka's future to mafia: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi speaks during a campaign rally for the upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka. (AP)

Stepping up his offensive against the BJP government in Karnataka, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today accused it of having "mortgaged" people's future to "mafia" and "sold" the state to mining barons Reddy brothers.

Going ballistic against the BJP in the third lap of his campaign for the May 5 Karnataka Assembly elections, Gandhi charged it with having "built" the Reddy brothers G Janardhana and G Karunakara to come to power in the state.

"The BJP people talk about corruption. Yesterday in Parliament, they spoke about corruption. But they will not talk about Karnataka. They will not mention the corruption in Karnataka. They will not say a chief minister went to jail. They will not say Reddy brothers who they sold the entire state to... they talk about corruption," Gandhi said.

The BJP leaders "who have built" the Reddy brothers, "who have taken their money" and "who are responsible for corruption" in Karnataka go to the rest of the country and talk about corruption, he said.

Gandhi said there was a time when Karnataka used to shine and be talked about as a progressive and leading state but "the sad part is that in the last nine years, (when Congress was out of power), Karnataka's shine has disappeared."

For the first time in history, a Chief Minister had gone to jail, said Gandhi, apparently referring to B S Yeddyurappa, who is facing corruption charges and had to quit as Chief Minister on graft charge after his indictment by Lok Ayukta in its report on illegal mining.

".. and your future has been mortgaged to mafia," Gandhi said.

He said Karnataka had a lot of natural resources, among them huge iron ore reserve. "This wealth does not belong to one individual. It belongs to everybody in Karnataka. It belongs to the youth and old people of Karnataka.'

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