Karnataka Assembly polls: Siddaramaiah calls Narendra Modi 'north Indian' import; BJP calls bid to create North-South divide 'disgusting'

Bengaluru: Mocking the Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit, chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath "north Indian imports" during the election campaign for 12 May polls in Karnataka and said the BJP had no leaders in the state.

Siddaramaiah also said BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa had been reduced to a "dummy."

"@BJP4Karnataka by waiting for North Indian imports like PM Modi, UP CM Adityanath is admitting they have no leaders in the state. They have reduced their CM face @BSYBJP to a dummy," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

File image of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Twitter@siddaramaiah

File image of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Twitter@siddaramaiah

He further said the prime minister may come and go, but in Karntaka, it is a battle between him and and Yeddyurappa, and the saffron party knows who is winning in the 12 May Assembly polls.

In a blistering attack over Siddaramaiah's "imports" comment, the BJP said his attempt to divide North and South India is "disgusting" and added it understands his anxiety over being "rejected" by his constituents.

"Imports? How much low can you stoop Mr. CM? Your attempt at North-South divide is disgusting. But we understand your anxiety. While you are rejected by your own constituents, PM Modi has a pan India appeal. It's time you learn a thing or "two about leadership when he's here," BJP tweeted.

Indirectly hitting out at Sonia Gandhi, the BJP asked Siddaramaiah what he had to say about occupants of 10, Janpath, when he is calling Modi and Adityanath  North Indian imports.

"Well, speaking of imports, what do you have to say about the occupants of 10 JP? We can understand your frustration & desperation Mr.CM. When you realize PM Modi is more popular than you are even in your own Chamundeshwari, these kind of outbursts are natural," the BJP tweeted.

The BJP also targeted Karnataka Congress in-charge K C Venugopal by tweeting, "Now, we think it is time we teach CM definition of 'Import': bring (goods or services) into a country from abroad." "For ex: when you get Italian toiletries for your Bengaluru bathroom, it's import. Not 'Import': When you get rape accused KC Venu from Kerala as Karnataka Incharge," it tweeted.

Venugopal, who had allegedly sexually assaulted the prime accused in the solar panel scam case Saritha Nair in Kerala, had earlier dismissed the charge, saying he was in public life for the last 40 years and that there was no black spot in his political career.

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Updated Date: Apr 25, 2018 15:17:00 IST

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