Siddaramaiah, BJP spar over 'north Indian imports' jibe against PM Modi, Yogi
Siddaramaiah, BJP spar over 'north Indian imports' jibe against PM Modi, YogiTIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 25, 2018, 17:15 IST
- Siddaramaiah said the decision to field Modi in poll campaigning showed the BJP had no leaders in Karnataka
- BJP slammed Siddaramaiah for attempting to divide north and south India by making such comments
"BJP by w aiting 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 B S Yeddyurappa to a dummy," Siddaramaiah tweeted.
The Karnataka CM's salvo alluded to the opposition BJP's pre-poll strategy, which involves fielding PM Modi for as many as 20 rallies, besides other star campaigners like Yodi Adityanath, Amit Shah and Hema Malini, in an all-out effort to oust the Congress government from power.
Hitting back at Siddaramaiah, the BJP claimed the CM was resorting to "disgusting" attempts to divide north and south India as he is anxious about 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," the BJP tweeted.
In a dig at former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the BJP asked Siddaramaiah what he had to say about the occupants of 10 Janpath (the official residence of Sonia Gandhi) if he had an issue with so-called "imports" Modi and Yogi.
"Well, speaking of imports, what do you have to say about the occupants of 10 JP? We can understand your frustration and 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 saffron party said in another tweet, referring to Siddaramaiah's decision to contest assembly polls from two seats - Badami and Chamundeshwari.
Election to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is scheduled for May 12 and the counting of votes will take place on May 15. Opinion polls have so far forecast a close fight between the tw o parties and the BJP believes that Modi's whirlwind campaign in the final days before the polls can tilt the scale in its favour.
Its president Amit Shah has been frequenting the state for months, holding rallies, meeting religious heads, addressing community events and toning up organisational machinery in the run-up to the election.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been campaigning heavily in the souther state to preserve his party's fortunes, which have been on the decline in the face of a BJP onslaught.
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