File photo of Siddaramaiah. Photograph:( DNA )
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, and the BJP's chief minister candidate for Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa.
The six-page legal notice accuses them of civil and criminal defamation.
Siddaramaiah, who has demanded a public apology, has said he will sue the trio for Rs 100 crore if an apology is not forthcoming.
News reports Monday said Siddaramaiah had taken exception to Prime Minister Modi's "Seedha-Rupiah" (money up front) comment.
Modi had made the comment on the Karnataka campaign trail. Modi had been trying to say that nothing gets done in Karnataka until money is first paid to the Karnataka government.
The Karnataka Chief Minister has said in his notice, the news reports said, that that was a personal attack.
Modi and the BJP have been relentlessly attacking the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka of corruption. They have also called his government a "10 per cent government".