Bengaluru, Feb 5: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday launched a full-fledged attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, challenging them to fight Karnataka Assembly elections, due this year. Attacking Narendra Modi on the appointment of Lokpal, Siddaramaiah said he is morally not right to be Prime Minister of the country. Also Read - India-Denmark Bilateral Summit: PM Modi Urges Denmark Counterpart to Join Hands to Work Towards Supply-chain Diversification
“Dear Narendra Modi being the PM of the country your words should carry high credibility. I would therefore request you to substantiate your allegation “corruption & misgovernance are rampant” with facts. Let us fight this election with dignity & based on just facts,” Karnataka Chief Minister said in a tweet. Addressing a separate press conference, Siddaramaiah alleged PM Modi was lying about sending funds to states. Also Read - Bhagat Singh Birth Anniversary: PM Modi Pays Tribute to India's Revolutionary Freedom Fighter
“PM keeps making comments that he has given so much money to the states. Where do you think this money is coming from? Its the taxes collected in the states which were sent to Centre. It’s our money which comes back,” Siddaramaiah said. “As per 14th finance commission, in last three years we were supposed to get 95.200 crores, whereas we got 84.500 crores, so they have to give 10,000 crores. This neither PM knows nor Amit Shah,” he added. Also Read - Day After Spelling Out 'Challenge' For Govt, Serum Institute CEO Applauds Modi For His Vision to Provide Vaccine to Global Community
Attacking on Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah said, “BJP President was involved in murder case, he only speaks lies. Here also they are projecting a CM candidate who has been to jail. PM has hurt pride of Kannadigas by uttering lies about the state.” Responding to Congress leader Divya Spandana’s tweet on PM Modi, the Chief Minister said he doesn’t support people who indulge in personal attacks.
Siddaramaiah’s remarks came a day after PM Modi urged the people to throw the “corrupt and dynastic” Congress out of power in Karnataka Assembly elections, due in late April or early May. “I appeal to the people of Karnataka to throw out the Congress government as countdown for its pack up from the state has begun,” thundered Modi at a BJP rally at the sprawling Bangalore Palace Grounds in Bengaluru.
The Siddaramaiah-led state government has not been able to efficiently utilise the funds the Centre had released during the last four years, Modi charged. “The Central government had released Rs 247 crore for the Swachh Bharat Mission to Karnataka, out of which Rs 70 crore have still not been utilised.” The government has made way for the builders’ mafia, sand mafia and other corrupt actions, he said.