Karnataka Assembly Election: Modi and Yogi are north Indian imports, says Siddaramaiah

WION Web Team Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Apr 25, 2018, 04.42 PM(IST)

File photo of Siddaramaiah. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath "North Indian imports" in the May 12 election campaign and said it 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, UPCM Adityanath is admitting they have no leaders in the state. They have reduced their CM face @BSYBJP to a dummy," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

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He further said the Prime Minister may come and go, but here it is a battle between him and Yeddyurappa, and the" saffron party knows who is winning in the May 12 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 of 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.

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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 as 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.

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Meanwhile, the incumbent Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah said, that corruption is a contentious issue in this election and that the BJP is levelling "wild allegations" against him for political benefits. "He called me 'Siddaruppaiya', it's an irresponsible statement from PM", Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by ANI. 
 
When he was asked if campaigning by a non-Kannadiga such as Rahul Gandhi would really affect the people of Karnataka, he said that Gandhi's campaigning has made a big impact, especially on the youth in the state. 

(With inputs from Agencies)