Karnataka 2023 has no implication on India 2024, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated right now in an interview with Ednbox, downplaying the Congress’s enormous electoral victory within the southern state. He stated the individuals wish to transfer ahead with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of inclusive improvement, and the state ballot loss will not dampen the ruling occasion’s prospects in subsequent 12 months’s normal elections. 2024 is a foregone conclusion, and PM Modi will proceed to control the nation to its future, he stated.
“Anybody who’s a sane observer of the progress India has made within the final 9 years, in comparison with the 65 years earlier than that, will ever have an inkling of doubt about which approach the nation needs to go, which approach the individuals of the nation wish to transfer. We’re on a path to turning into the third-largest financial system on the planet, to creating alternatives for every Indian with out discrimination, no matter faith, and we’re embarking on that path,” he stated.
Mr Chandrasekhar slammed the grand outdated occasion’s social welfare ensures earlier than elections, terming them as “revdi” (freebies) — a time period typically utilized by the PM to criticise opposition events providing subsidies and social safety schemes to the individuals at the price of the state.
One of these revdi economics is extraordinarily harmful, particularly after Chief Minister BS Bommai and his authorities rebuilt the Karnataka financial system after Covid, the minister stated, estimating that the guarantees of the Congress authorities will result in further spending yearly of round Rs 60,000 crore.
“This implies, primarily, that future generations of Kannadiga must incur and repay the debt that’s being borrowed right now by the Congress authorities. I feel it is actually not a superb factor for the state, actually not a superb factor for anybody who thinks about the way forward for the state, and it is actually not a superb factor for the youth of the state who’d be bearing the load of that debt,” he advised Ednbox.
Mr Chandrasekhar additionally took a swipe on the Congress for its pre-poll guarantees, alleging that the occasion fails to ship on them later.
On the BJP’s efficiency within the capital Bengaluru, the minister stated the metro metropolis has responded “very considerably” this time to the decision for a decisive majority. “Sadly, that did not work for the remainder of Karnataka. However I’m happy and comfortable, and proud that Bangaloreans have seen that the longer term is finest beneath a BJP authorities although we could not make the mark on the elections,” he stated.
Calling Bengaluru essential, not only for Karnataka, however for the “total India story imaginative and prescient that the Prime Minister is scripting”, he harassed that Bengaluru should transfer out of the “city chaos and exploitation that we now have seen for a number of years and a long time”, and that it strikes to trendy governance, creating “ease of dwelling for all” of its residents and residents.
He accused the Congress of treating Bengaluru as an “exploitation alternative” when in energy within the state.
“During the last 65 years, when Congress has ruled Karnataka, it has all the time checked out Bengaluru as an exploitation alternative. I am not holding my breath, about Congress with the ability to ship something,” he stated.
Responding to a query on the rivalry between Chief Minister-designate Siddaramaiah and his to-be deputy DK Shivakumar, he referred to as the 2 leaders “poster boys of every little thing that’s mistaken with Karnataka politics”.
“Each symbolize very various kinds of politics that we ought to be strolling away from, and transferring in the direction of a brand new sort of politics. They’re each two sides of the identical coin, and the coin is rampant corruption. There’s a large quantity of exploitation of public cash and public sources. Whether or not it’s mining, or contracts, each these leaders have an illustrious, long-standing observe report, together with masquerading as socialists however sporting a Rs 70 lakh watch,” Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated.