PM Modi tweets on kickstarting Karnataka campaign, Siddaramaiah asks ‘Would G Janardhan Reddy be joining your rallies?’


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he will be visiting Karnataka to address election rallies. This was after the BJP had announced that the prime minister will arrive in the poll-bound state, where he’s expected to address three election rallies.


PM Modi’s tweet read, “Looking forward to being in Karnataka today. I will be addressing three rallies across the state.”

This prompted Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to take a swipe at the prime minister with a series of tweets. Using a hashtag #AnswerMaadiModi, he said, “Heard you are visiting Namma Karnataka tomorrow. We welcome you to our state. While you are here, we Kannadigas would like you to address the following concerns.”

In another tweet, Siddaramaiah asked, “Would G Janardhan Reddy be joining your rallies here? You have given his family & friends 8 tickets, hoping it will help BJP in 10-15 seats. And then, you lecture us on corruption. Please end this hypocrisy. Kannadigas aren’t wearing Kamala on their ears.”

Mining baron Janardhan Reddy had to spend three years in jail in connection with several cases of corruption and illegal mining in 2012. The BJP has fielded him as its candidate once again. Siddaramaiah also taunted Modi by asking if BS Yedyurappa was still the saffron party’s Chief Ministerial candidate in Karnataka. He asked, “You first make scam tainted @BSYBJP your party’s CM face in Karnataka. Then media reports that you don’t want to be seen sharing the stage with him at rallies! Karnataka wants to know if Yeddyurappa is still your CM candidate?”

The incumbent chief minister also took a swipe at the BJP for its decision to field two former ministers as candidates despite they having been caught watching porn inside the assembly hall. In 2012, Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi was caught watching pornography on his mobile phone while the Assembly was in session. Also joining him were Minister for Ecology, Environment and Ports J Krishna Palemar and Women and Child Welfare Minister CC Patil.

All three had to resign from the cabinet after the national outrage left the saffron party utterly embarrassed. Six years later, the same party decided to field two of them as its candidates once again.

Siddaramaiah wrote, “In Karnataka, you give tickets to rape accused & MLAs who watched porn in Assembly. In UP, CM Adityanath protects a BJP MLA who raped a 16 Yr old girl. In J&K, your MLAs defend rapists of a child. And then your party makes bombastic Ads to politicise rape in Karnataka?!”

Karnataka goes to polls on 12 May, while the counting will take place on 15 May. Most opinion polls have predicted a hung assembly.

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