Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah once again took to Twitter on Tuesday morning after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's jibe about a "two-plus-one formula” to give the formula a spin of his own -- one that easily fit with his party's corruption allegations against the BJP.
Launching his campaign for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated his election meeting by targeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and 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.
Siddaramaiah responded swiftly to the statement made by the Prime Minister. The Karnataka Chief Minister said, the two-plus-one formula could also apply to the BJP's fielding of two Reddy brothers -- the scam-tainted mining barons from Ballary -- 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.#2Reddy1Yeddy https://t.co/FozyhwOyHA
Siddaramaiah, whose younger son Dr Yatheendra Siddaramaiah is contesting from safe seat Varuna, also tweeted:
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!!— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 1, 2018
Forget 2 seats, Sir. Worry about the fact that your party will not cross 60-70! https://t.co/Hr3V5x6sDE
Siddaramaiah has been on an attack spree on Twitter since Monday, slamming the BJP for corruption charges against the party's presumptive Chief Minister BS 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.
One tweet of Siddaramaiah even asked the BJP to come clean on whether they really wanted BS Yeddyurappa to be the Chief Minister. It cited news reports on speculations that PM Modi does not intend to share stage with him in view of the corruption allegations.
BS Yeddyurappa was present at Tuesday's rally which was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi....