Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday chose Shikaripur, the home town of BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa, to hit out at the former chief minister.
“Don’t you feel embarrassed that your representative (Yeddyurappa) was jailed on corruption charges?” the chief minister asked the participants at a Congress election meeting in Shikaripur.
Yeddyurappa, who was reinducted into the BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls, represents Shikaripur in the Legislative Assembly. The chief minister said Yeddyurappa was contesting the election despite facing several cases. He called upon the voters to teach him a “lesson” by rejecting him.
Tearing into Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the prime minsterial candidate of the saffron party, Siddaramaiah said the concept of development in Gujarat was a myth created by the BJP for gaining political mileage.
Gujarat did not witness any development during the 13-year rule of Modi and there is no “Modi wave” in Karnataka. Modi had been misguiding people by making false promises, the chief minister alleged.
Describing the Lok Sabha elections as an opportunity to choose between communalists and secularists, Siddaramaiah said the BJP did not want communal harmony in the country. He accused the BJP of being against reservation for the oppressed section of society.
The chief minister claimed that neither the JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda nor Yeddyurappa took steps for the welfare of farmers while they were in power. He predicted that the Congress would win at least 20 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka.