Siddaramaiah hits back at BJP on dynasty politics remarks, says Yedyurappa's son too was an MP

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B S Yeddyurappa for calling Congress a party of dynastic politics as he questioned the credentials of the saffron party to make the attack. He questioned BJP's "moral grounds" for calling Congress a party of dynastic politics when Yeddyurappa's son B Y Raghavendra had been elected to parliament and the assembly in the past.

Siddaramaiah hits back at BJP on dynasty politics remarks, says Yedyurappas son too was an MP

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. PTI

"Who is Raghavendra? Whose son is he? Is he not Yeddyurappa's son? Raghavendra was MP.What should we call it? Shouldn't we call it dynastic politics? These people (BJP) are fooling around everyone," Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru.

He was referring to Yeddyurappa's repeated charge during the campaign that the Congress was a party of dynastic politics. Raghavendra was a Lok Sabha member and is now an MLA. Yeddyurappa's second son Vijayendra was also projected as a candidate from Varuna to take on Siddaramaiah's son Yatindra in the 12 May assembly elections. But it was announced by Yeddyurappa that he would not contest.

Predicting a Congress victory, Siddaramaiah claimed BJP's chief ministerial candidate was always "a weak man" and would not win the election."Yeddyurappa is always weak, not just now. He is a tainted person. How can a tainted person be strong?... People are not ready to accept him as a leader because his personality is tainted," he added.

Yatindra is contesting from Varuna, which the chief minister had represented. Siddaramaiah is now contesting from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot district in north Karnataka.

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2018 19:07:50 IST

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