Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call to the people of Karnataka to overthrow the Congress government in the state, Chief Minister Siddramaiah took to Twitter to fire a slew of questions to the PM.
In one of his tweets, Siddaramaiah asks PM Modi to “walk the talk”.
“I am glad PM @narendramodi is talking about corruption. I now invite him to #WalktheTalk . For a start can you: 1. Appoint Lok Pal, 2. Investigate #JudgeLoya’s death; 3. Investigate the astronomical rise of #Jayshah; 4. Appoint an untainted person as your CM candidate?” he asks.
PM Modi had accused the Karnataka government of indulging in rampant corruption in the state. In his address to a massive crowd of BJP supporters on 4 February in Bengaluru, the PM had labelled Siddramaiah’s rule as a “10 per cent commission” government.
Siddaramaiah countered by asking the Centre to probe the mysterious death of CBI special judge BH Loya – a demand that the Congress has been incessantly making since January.
He also demanded a probe into the allegations against BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah. His “appoint an untainted person” remark was a swipe at former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s CM candidate in Karnataka.
In an earlier tweet, Siddaramaiah had countered Yeddyurappa’s accusation of corruption by alleging that the former CM lacked “Kannada Swabhimana” and was himself involved in a scam.
“Says a man who presided over India’s biggest mining scam during his rule. Only a person totally lacking in #KannadaSwabhimana can call Karnataka, one of the most progressive states in India, No. 1 Corrupt State,” Siddaramaiah wrote.
In a rebuttal, Yeddyurappa, the BJP state president posed five questions to the Karnataka CM, all on Twitter
“Why did you quash all the powers of #Lokayukta and make it a toothless body?” Yeddyurappa asked.
The 74-year-old Yeddyurappa asked Siddaramaiah why his government had not taken any action against the minister accused in the suicide case of Deputy SP MK Ganapathy.
Q2: Dear Mr #10PercentCM @siddaramaiah, what action have you taken against @thekjgeorge who is the first accused in CBI FIR in DySP MK Ganapathy suicide case? Why are you standing by such a minister? What merit can your cabinet boast of with such tainted people in it?#Dare2Answer pic.twitter.com/siwYmeKmTX
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) February 6, 2018
He also raised the controversy around the Rs 70 lakh Hublot watch allegedly accepted from a businessman and reminded Siddaramaiah of the suicide of over 3,500 farmers under his regime.
“Dear #10PercentCM @siddaramaiah how will you justify the 39.38 crore #IrrigationScam where the officials produced fake bills without executing the work of minor irrigation tanks in Koppal and Kushtagi taluks? #Dare2Answer,” Yeddyurappa asked in his last question.
In his speech, PM Modi had charged the Congress government led by Siddaramaiah of turning Karnataka into a corrupt and crime-infested state.
“We are talking about ease of doing business and ease of living, but in Karnataka the concern is about ease of doing murder,” Modi said, adding that instead of rule of law it is the rule of criminals that is visible in Karnataka.