Stung by Mr Narendra Modi’s charges of corruption, inefficiency and lawlessness under Congress rule in the state, the Karnataka chief minister, Mr Siddaramaiah, on Monday hit back to say that it did not behove a Prime Minister to level baseless allegations, adding that he was” morally unfit “ to hold the all important post.

He also hastened to claim that the countdown for the fall of the Modi government had already begun, evidenced by the party’s losses in Rajasthan in the recent bypolls. The chief minister was reacting to the accusations made by Mr Modi during a public rally in the city on Sunday where he had termed the Siddaramiah establishment as the” ten per cent commission government”.

A visibly angry Mr Siddaramiah called the attack as ironical , while addressing newsmen here, especially as the very leader that the BJP was projecting as its next chief minister was known for corruption, having even been jailed in the process.

A clear reference to former chief minister, Mr B S Yeddyurappa, who was sitting next to the Prime Minister during the BJP’s public rally on Sunday. Taking strong objection to Mr Modi’s claim that the state government was not using the funds allocated by the centre appropriately, with particular reference to resources under the 14 th Finance Commission, the chief minister said that the Prime Minister was “speaking a bunch of lies” about his government.

A visibly angry chief minister took exception to Mr Narendra Modi terming Bengaluru as the crime capital of India. Quoting figures, he said the most number of crimes were taking place in BJP ruled states.