Sonia to PM Modi: Speeches can not fill empty stomachs

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Gandhi said he is "pretty confident" that Narendra Modi would not be the next prime minister. "I'll be happy if his speeches can end hunger of the country but speeches cannot fill empty stomachs, food is needed for that", she argued.

Reacting to his remarks, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: "As far as Rahul Gandhi's desire to become the Prime Minister is concerned, that comes with a sense of amusement to us".

"Modi ji has a zeal for Congress-free India. Sonia Gandhi at Vijayapura", Ms Gandhi said.

A large crowd gathered in Bijapur city to hear Sonia speak, hours after Modi held an impressive rally in the nearby Bableshwar constituency, where state water resources minister and popular Congress leader from Bijapur, M B Patil, is an MLA. "So, send the mother (Sonia Gandhi) to ensure its candidates can at least save their security deposits", Modi said.

She said the Congress government in Karnataka had made it number one state in the country, and the Siddaramaiah government had waived off loans of 22 lakh farmers when they faced difficulties.

In Vijayapura, Prime Minister Modi launched fresh salvo against the Congress and raised questions on the grand old party's stand on women empowerment over Triple Talaq Bill. We started Mahatma Gandhi NREGA scheme which was objected by the BJP and by Modi Ji. It was not an insult to the CM, but also to Karnataka's farmers and their families.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday drew parallels between the functioning of RSS-BJP and the Muslim Brotherhood (a Sunni Islamist fundamentalist forum founded in Egypt).

"What is his model of ending corruption".

The Congress leader has not been a part of an election rally since August 2016 when she was taken ill during a roadshow in Varanasi.

"All drought-affected states were given compensation (by Centre)". I ask Modi ji, is this your 'sabka-saath, sabka-vikas?'

Claiming that the Modi government over the past four years had carried out only one task - of ending the good works of the UPA government, she accused him of speaking lies and distorting historical facts.

"Can you tell me the name of a single minister who is not facing allegations of corruption", he said, a day after Mr Siddaramaiah sent legal notices to PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, threatening to file civil and criminal defamation suit against them for making unsubstantiated allegations against him.