New Delhi, May 6: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Sambit Patra on Sunday attacked Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on a picture with absconder Vijay Eswaran, against whom a chargesheet was filed in Chennai in 2009, that was clicked at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in China in 2013. (ALSO READ – Karnataka Polls: Congress Has Anti-Dalit, Anti-OBC Mindset, Says PM Modi in Raichur) Also Read - Centre Committed to Fulfil Clauses of Bodo Accord; Only BJP Can Make Assam Free From Bullets, Agitation And Floods: Amit Shah

Addressing a press conference ahead of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said that the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) had declared Vijay Eswaran an absconder and yet, the chief minister met him. Also Read - Congress Got Subhas Chandra Bose Killed, Gandhi-Nehru Couldn't Stand in Front of His Popularity: Sakshi Maharaj

“In Sept 2013, Siddaramaiah went to attend WEF meeting in China and there he met Vijay Ishwaran who is an absconder. There was another absconder and SFIO has called both a national threat,” BJP Twitter handle quoted Patra as saying. Reportedly, during the presser in Bengaluru, Patra also alleged that Siddaramaiah received a gift from Eswaran. “Was the gift a premium Hublot watch, asked Patra while asking Siddaramaiah to declare the gift in his assets. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India-China Hold 9th Round of Talks of Military Talks | What to Expect

Adding further, he demanded a clarification on the matter from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

On April 27, Sambit Patra slammed Congress’s manifesto and pointed out some alarming loopholes. “I don’t consider this manifesto a manifesto. Congress’s manifesto has no vision, no mission and is all about the commission,” he had said reportedly.

The attack comes in the wake of the recent allegations levelled by the Congress on Prime Minister Narendra Modi of meeting PNB Fraud accused Nirav Modi during World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos. However, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had clarified that PM Modi had not interacted with Nirav Modi in Davos. “I can say with confidence that this gentleman is not in touch with any of our officials & frankly at this stage we are not aware about his location,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said.

Earlier in the day, while addressing an election rally in Chitradurga, PM Narendra Modi hit out at Siddaramaiah saying, “Among the many things the Karnataka CM keeps with him is character certificates. Whenever a Minister faces charges, the CM is ready with a character certificate. He loves defending the wrong kind of people.”

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is scheduled for May 12. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 15.