Chidambaram said the BJP-led government at the Centre wanted to impose the ideology of ‘one history, one language and one living style’, which was a dangerous threat to Indian culture and to the nation’s hallmark of unity in diversity.
“BJP is trying to enter South India through Karnataka and we should stop them. It is a danger signal for the diversity of South India,” he added.
Sharply criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chidambaram said he should maintain the dignity of his post.
Every single statement regarding Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimayya that he made the other day in a campaign speech was wrong, he said
The former Union Finance Minister said petrol and diesel should be brought under the Goods and Services Tax.
He alleged that the Modi government was not doing this because it wanted to loot the people.
Chidambaram said the Indian Oil Corporation chairman has said people were panicking over hike of fuel prices and so they had put a break on price hike for a short time.
“I want to say, why he is not saying Modi ordered me to put on hold the daily price hike on petroleum products for the Karnataka election?”
Chidambaram said people were already panicking because of price hikes. The fuel prices should be reduced and there was no benefit in putting the hike on hold for a few days, he said.
He said that in the last five years, the GDP of Karnataka increased from Rs 6,43,292 crore to Rs 9,49,111 crore, recording an 8% growth.
The per capita income had increased by 1.25% in five years of Congress rule, and the revenue surplus was 0.8%, “which is a record in entire India.”
He said Karnataka has the lowest unemployment rate of 2.6%. Infant mortality rate had been reduced and electricity had reached villages. The development could be provided since the state had a stable government led by the Congress, he said.