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NaMo’s comment on Rajiv Gandhi not right: Srinivas Prasad

Mysuru, May 9:- “Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying Rajiv Gandhi was corrupt is not right. I don’t agree with that statement of Modi,” said the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader V Srinivas Prasad.

He was addressing a press meet in the city on Wednesday.

“Rajiv Gandhi never indulged in corruption. When he faced corruption allegations, he said he would quit politics and go elsewhere. Delhi High Court too acquitted him of all charges. Modi shouldn’t have made allegations against Rajiv in Lucknow. Rajiv had once said that he did not enter politics to make money, but for the respect, the people had for his family. Rajiv died for the nation. He was named as Mr Clean. I knew him from a very close range,” he said.

Responding to questions on Janata Dal (Secular) state president AH Vishwanath meeting him, Prasad said he and Vishwanath are good friends for over 45 years and the political differences didn’t affect their friendship.

“We discussed the political happenings. We didn’t speak of anything that might happen in state politics in future. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will come back to power again. BJP will win a maximum number of seats in the state. There is no need for me and Vishwanath to discuss what happened during the Lok Sabha elections. We are not bothered about Siddaramaiah becoming chief minister again. There is no cooperation in the coalition government. It is their internal matter. Everyone knows what Siddaramaiah did when he was the chief minister,” he said.

“BJP received a lot of cross-votes because of the internal clashes of the coalition parties though we had no role to play in it.  District In-charge Minister G T Devegowda has commented that JD(S) workers voted for BJP. Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh had spoken about problematic issues in the coalition even before the Lok Sabha elections. Though the coalition cooperation committee chairman worked for the common candidates, the party workers didn’t unite. Congress may lose its base in Mandya, Hassan and Tumakuru. BJP needs nobody’s support. Other parties joined hands with us knowing the strength of BJP,” he added. (MR/KS)

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