New Delhi, May 7: In a reply to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s debate challenge, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa said he accepts it. “I think your Hublot watch suggests you the right time to show up for a debate. 1. Do get Vijay Eswaran, your fugitive friend along. 2. Do carry the diary of L Govindaraju. 3. Let us also debate: Turning Lokayukta Powerless, Farmers’ suicides, Sand Mafia, Honest Officers’ Transfer,” his tweet reads. Also Read - Karan Johar Writes Open Letter to 'Friend' Madhur Bhandarkar Over Netflix Show 'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives', Says 'Our Title Was Distinct'
The twitter war between the two started after CM Siddaramaiah challenged Yeddyurappa for an open debate on micro-blogging site and also invited PM Narendra Modi. “PM Modi is deliberately confusing Karnataka voters with his bombastic speeches on non-issues. All hot air & no substance. My contest is not with him. It is with Yeddyurappa. I challenge him to an open debate on issues on a single platform. Will he accept? Modi is also welcome!” CM Siddaramaiah tweet reads. Also Read - 'Heartbreaking': Gay Boy Writes a Letter to Santa & Asks If God Loves Him, Leaves People in Tears
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has also sent a legal notice for criminal and civil defamation, seeking a public apology from PM Modi over the allegations made during his public speeches against the Congress government in Karnataka. He threatened to file Rs 100 crore defamation suit against the BJP and PM Modi if the latter fails to apologize. During public rallies in the poll-bound Karnataka, PM Modi had targeted Siddaramaiah and his government, calling it a ‘Seedha Rupaiya Sarkar’. (Also read: Karnataka Polls: BJP Accuses Siddaramaiah of Meeting Absconder Vijay Eswaran in China, Karnataka Polls: Congress Has Anti-Dalit, Anti-OBC Mindset, Says PM Modi in Raichur))
Earlier also many times, BJP had made fun of CM Siddaramaiah. They had tweeted a picture of him with a lemon in hand. In the picture, the chief minister is seen campaigning in the poll-bound state.
Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his foreign trips and election campaign. Rahul Gandhi had said that PM Modi is either on ‘speaker mode’ or ‘airplane mode’ but never adopts ‘work mode’.
Karnataka goes to polls on May 12 and 2,655 candidates, including 219 women, are in the poll fray. The results for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 will be declared on May 15.
As per the data provided by the Chief Electoral Office in Karnataka, the BJP will contest all 224 seats, while the Congress will contest 222 seats. The HD Devegowda-led Janata Dal-Secular will contest on 201 seats.