- Siddaramaiah contesting in two seats, fielding son in one, PM had said
- Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra is contesting from safe seat Varuna
- PM heaped criticism on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah
PM Modi had been at his scathing best this morning, launching his campaign and heaping criticism on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Mr Siddaramaiah.
"While the party workers keep slogging, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is following a two-plus-one formula by contesting in two seats and fielding his son from one. The ministers are following one-plus one formula by fielding their sons and daughters," PM Modi said.
The Congress has been defensive about the BJP accusations of dynastic politics. The party, which has fielded five top leaders along with their sons and daughters, contends that the young leaders have earned the ticket by working hard for the constituencies.
Mr Siddaramaiah, whose younger son Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah is contesting from safe seat Varuna, responded swiftly. The two-plus-one formula, he said, could also apply to the BJP's fielding of two Reddy brothers -- the scam-tainted mining barons from Ballari -- and one Yeddyurappa.
Today PM avoided talking about his complicity in closing CBI cases against the Reddy bros. Instead he spoke about some 2+1 formula.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 1, 2018
Here is the explanation to his formula to win election. 2 Reddys + 1 Yeddy.#2Reddy1Yeddyhttps://t.co/FozyhwOyHA
Another tweet read:
Was it fear that drove you to contest from 2 parliamentary constituencies (Varanasi & Vadodara) Mr. PM @narendramodi ? Of course you are a 56 inch man, you would have some clever explanation!!Forget 2 seats, Sir. Worry about the fact that your party will not cross 60-70! https://t.co/Hr3V5x6sDE— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 1, 2018
Mr Siddaramaiah has been on an attack spree on Twitter since yesterday, slamming the BJP for corruption charges against the party's presumptive Chief Minister Yeddyurappa and mining baron Janardhan Reddy.
Two of the Reddy brothers --- Gali Somashekhara Reddy and Gali Karunakara Reddy -- have been fielded from constituencies in the Ballari area. Gali Janardhana Reddy, against whom most of the corruption allegations are levelled, is a top campaigner for the party. The BJP has cited political expediency, saying they are needed to win the seats in the area.
Mr Yeddyurappa was present at this morning's rally which was addressed by the Prime Minister.