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Siddaramaiah asks PM Modi to ‘walk the talk’ on corruption, Yeddyurappa leads counter charge

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Published: February 6, 2018 8:53 pm

siddaramaiah and yeddyurappa in twitter battle CM Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to pose questions, two days after Modi dubbed the government as a ’10 per cent commission’ government. (File Photo)

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accusing him of creating “new records” in corruption, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asked him to “walk the talk” and posed four questions related to the mysterious death of Justice Loya, appointing a Lok Pal, probing the rise in income of Jay Shah and selecting an “untainted person” as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the state. The CM took to Twitter to pose the questions, two days after Modi dubbed Siddaramaiah’s rule as a “10 per cent commission” government at a rally in Karnataka, which goes to polls later this year.

“I am glad PM @narendramodi is talking about corruption. I now invite him to  #WalktheTalk,” Siddaramaiah tweeted, followed by a list of four questions. BJP has already said allegations against Shah’s son had no basis.

However, BJP state president and party’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was quick to pounce upon the CM and tweeted out a counter list of questions to Siddaramaiah. Tweeting with a tagline #Date2Answer and addressing Siddaramaiah as “10 per cent CM”, Yeddyurappa asked, “Why did you quash all the powers of Lokayukta and make it a toothless body?”

The senior BJP leader also questioned the CM of the rise in farmer suicides (3,500) during his tenure despite claiming to have championed their cause. Yeddyurappa also asked Siddaramaiah about the Rs 70 lakh Hublot watch, which the CM had handed over to the Assembly speaker.

Yeddyurappa also raised Dy SP M K Ganapathy suicide case. Ganapathy had allegedly committed suicide last year accusing the then Home Minister George and two other senior IPS officers of harassing him. The state CID had given a clean chit to George and the two officials. But, the Supreme Court later ordered a CBI probe, following which a case was registered against George and the two IPS officers. BJP has been demanding George’s resignation, which Siddaramaiah has turned down.

Karnataka has been the recent election battleground for BJP and Congress with elections due later this year. PM Modi on Sunday mounted a scathing attack on Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru, saying while the Centre was making efforts for ease of doing business and ease of living, the Congress government was discussing the ease of doing murders.

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