Congress President Rahul Gandhi (File Photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday invoked the legacy of grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi while addressing the public in Chikmagalur district in poll-bound Karnataka.
"You supported my grandmother when she needed it the most. I can never forget this. Whenever you need me, I will always be available," said Rahul Gandhi, referring to Indira Gandhi's political comeback which started with the Lok Sabha bypoll win in Chikmagalur in 1978.
Expressing confidence Rahul Gandhi said that the ruling party will win the polls because of unity and hard work of its cadres, Congress President also requested people to bless him with their support as they did to his grandmother.
"I humbly request you to bless me with your support like you supported my grandmother Indira Gandhi," the Congress president said.
He also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for telling "lie". he said Modi was talking about corruption while sharing stage with party members who were jailed on graft charges.
Modi doesn't see corruption in the sudden rise in turnover of a company owned by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, he said.
The Prime Minister was also not addressing corruption cases of state unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa and diamond jeweller Nirav Modi, said Gandhi his 30-minute address delivered in Hindi and translated into Kannada by a party leader.
"People do not want to listen to lies or hate speeches. They want to listen to truth and issues that concern them.
"Four years of Modi's rule has gone by and he has only one year left. He is going to lose the next (Lok Sabha) elections in 2019 with this kind of rule."
The 47-year-old party chief was on a two-day visit across the coastal districts of the state since Tuesday. This was his third visit to the state since February.
Earlier in the day, he visited Sringeri Mutt and interacted with the students of "Veda Pathashala".