New Delhi, May 5: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and challenged him to “speak for 5 minutes on the ethics of using the Reddy Bros’ to win an election.” Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Karnataka CM said,”Dear PM Narendra Modi avare, I am glad you have made corruption an issue in this Election because that is your weakest point. You are making baseless allegations of corruption about our Govt.” Also Read - ISRO’s PSLV-C51 Rocket Set to Blast Off on Sunday Carrying Bhagavad Gita, PM Modi’s Photo | Countdown Begins

He further asked,”Can you speak for 5 minutes on the ethics of using the Reddy Bros’ to win an election?  (Also Read: Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 to be Held on May 12, Results on May 15; Here’s All You Need to Know) Also Read - India Toy Fair 2021: 'Use Less Plastic to Make Toys,' PM Modi Tells Industries

Notably, Siddaramaiah’s post came days after PM Modi had dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak about his party’s achievements for 15 minutes without taking any paper in his hand. “For 15 minutes, without taking a paper in your hand, can you please talk about the achievements of your government in Karnataka. You can speak in any language as you please- English, Hindi (or Italian),” the Prime Minister had said, while addressing voters in Chamarajanagar.

Referring to Rahul Gandhi’s statement where he had said that PM won’t be able to speak in front of him, Modi had said,”He (Rahul Gandhi)  is correct- there is no way ordinary people like me, who do not even dress well, can sit with such high and mighty people like the Congress President. We are Kaamdaars. What is our level that we can sit with people like the Congress President, who look down on us.”

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018:

Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 and the results will be declared three days later on May 15, the Election Commission announced on March 27. The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP’s 43.

The major national parties contesting the elections are Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal and Janata Dal (Secular). Apart from that, several regional parties like Coorg National Council, Kannad Chalavali Vatal Paksha, Karnataka Congress Party, Karnataka Kranti Ranga and Karnataka Vikas Party are influential among their respective castes.