Karnataka election 2018: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Siddaramiah-led Congress government of Karnataka, the chief minister hit back. Addressing a public meeting in Mysuru on Monday, Modi alleged that reports of new scams and corruption charges against Siddaramaiah were emerging on a daily basis.
Mysuru, a Congress stronghold, is the home district of Siddaramaiah. The BJP has no representation from the district in Karnataka assembly. Modi recalled that he had earlier said called Siddaramaiah was running a “10 percent government”. But, Modi said he had later learned that corruption in the state was more than 10 percent.
The prime minister said he had received called from several people after his previous remarks against Siddaramaiah. The callers were angry, said Modi, adding, ” they said my information was not
correct.It was not 10 percent, but more than that.”
“Every day, a new scam, new corruption, a new allegation is being leveled against their one or the other leader, against one or the other minister or one or the other programme of the government, in one or the other part of Karnataka,” Modi was quoted as saying by PTI.
Karnataka CM Siddaramiah reacted strongly to Modi’s remarks today. In a Tweet, Siddaramiah asked the prime minister’s reaction on the alleged over Rs 11,000 crore PNB scam.
“Dear PM @narendramodi ರವರೆ, since you are fond of talking about commission let me ask you- You made common people stand in queues to deposit their money in the Banks & then let #NiravModi run away with over 12,000 cr of people’s money. What percent of people’s money is that?,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
Dear PM @narendramodi ರವರೆ, since you are fond of talking about commission let me ask you-
You made common people stand in queues to deposit their money in the Banks & then let #NiravModi run away with over 12,000 cr of people’s money.
What percent of people’s money is that? pic.twitter.com/whvsOIFYEi
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) February 20, 2018
The chief minister also attacked Modi for making “disparaging” remarks against some Mysurians. “PM @narendramodi makes disparaging comments about certain Mysurians. Mysuru has produced Tigers who fought the British, built a modern state, brought land reforms. Someone from Mysuru would never have allowed a fugitive runaway with 11500 cr under his Chowkidari,” the CM had tweeted on Monday.
Karnataka assembly elections 2018 are expected to take place in April-May this year.