Yeddyurappa alluded to allegations against Siddaramaiah – and set out his own list of issues that need debate.

Yeddyurappa responds to Siddaramaiahs challenge for open debate with snark
Karnataka Elections Karnataka 2018 Monday, May 07, 2018 - 19:27

Siddaramaiah set the tone with ads in major newspapers, challenging BS Yeddyurappa to an open debate ahead of the elections – and the BJP leader has now responded to the dare with a set of snarky tweets.

On Monday, BJP’s Chief Ministerial aspirant Yeddyurappa replied to Siddaramaiah’s challenge to an open debate “on the date and time” suggested by the former and Prime Minister Modi.

Read: 'Modi and BSY won't accept my challenge for open debate': Siddaramaiah to TNM

Without explicitly mentioning whether he accepted the challenge to a debate, Yeddyurappa replied with a taunt based on an allegation of corruption: “I think your Hublot watch suggests you the right time to show up for a debate.”

The BJP has accused Siddaramaiah of accepting a watch worth Rs 80 lakh from businessman Vijay Eswaran – one of the things that Siddaramaiah has mentioned as defamatory in a legal notice that he has sent to Modi.

Read: Siddaramaiah sends legal notice to Modi: ‘Apologise, or face 100 crore suit’

“Do get Vijay Eswaran, your fugitive friend along. Do carry the diary of L Govindaraju. Let us also debate: Turning Lokayukta Powerless, Farmers’ suicides, Sand Mafia, Honest Officers' Transfer,” Yeddyurappa said.

“I am sure you will mesmerise me with your insights about: Divisive & Appeasement Politics, The invisible hand of Kempaiah, Crumbling infrastructure of Bengaluru, Waste (Mis)Management, Women Safety, Burning Lakes, Selective withdrawal of criminal cases, Rising lawlessness,” the BJP leader further lashed out.







On Monday, ads commissioned by the Congress in major newspapers in the state carried a note from Siddaramaiah to Modi and Yeddyurappa: "Why not debate with facts and let the people of Karnataka decide who is truthful?”

“Sri Modi avare, Sri Yeddyurappa avare, Stop making false accusations, allegations. Why not debate with facts and let the people of Karnataka decide who is truthful. In the interest of 6.5 crore Kannidaga’s future, let us have an open debate about our plans for Karnataka before the people of the State,” Siddaramaiah’s note said.

Throwing the ball in the Opposition’s court, Siddaramaiah said, “I am open to come to any place on the date and time suggested by you both.”

Later, in an interview to TNM, Siddaramaiah said that he issued the challenge because BJP was making false allegations. "Let us discuss – what is it they have done in their regime and what is it that we have done as promised? Let us discuss all these things," he said.

He further stated that he did not expect the BJP leaders to take up his challenge. "I don't think they will accept the challenge. They are making false allegations," he said.



Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah speaks to TNM's Dhanya Rajendran. Part 1 of 2. Watch Part 2 here:

Posted by TheNewsMinute on Monday, 7 May 2018



Also read: Siddaramaiah rejects BJP charge over links with absconding businessman Vijay Eswaran 

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