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Siddaramaiah-Modi exchange sets tone for Karnataka elections

Siddaramaiah-Modi exchange sets tone for Karnataka elections

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday attacked BJP chief Amit Shah, alleging that instigating communal tension was his "standard".

This came as a retort to Modi's assertion that the countdown for the exit of the Siddaramaiah government had begun and it was at the exit gate. He dubbed the congress government in the state as 10% commission government.

"They (BJP) are also a political party".

The government has made way for the builders' mafia, sand mafia and other corrupt actions, he said.

Asserting that there was a "saffron wave" in the state, Modi said people of Karnataka had decided to make the state Congress free and to get rid of Congress culture.

Making a poll pitch to the state's farmers, Modi said the Budget presented by the Centre shows the BJP's commitment to the rural sector.

Speaking at a public rally in Bengaluru on Sunday, he stressed that announcement of enhanced MSP for agriculture produce, tax exemption to Farmers Producers Organisations, Operation Greens yojana for vegetable, fruits and flower growers, greater allocation for rural infrastructure, schemes to improve agri markets and other infrastructure will benefit the farmers. Dr Pani believes that Siddaramaiah's moves to take on the Prime Minister ahead of the assembly elections in Karnataka are an attempt to elevate regional leadership to the next level.

Accusing the Congress of working backwards, he said "When the BJP is working towards taking the nation forward, here in Karnataka the Ganga is flowing backwards". "As per 14th finance commission, in last three years we were supposed to get 95.200 crore, whereas we got 84.500 crores, so they have to give 10,000 crores".

State home minister R. Ramalinga Reddy rebutted Modi's allegations, saying only a few of the incidents the Prime Minister had mentioned were communal in nature.

Karnataka BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa carried out a 75-day (extended to 84 days) "Parivarthana Yatra" across all 224 constituencies of the state to mobilize support and avoid a repeat of its 2013 poll debacle where it was reduced to 40 seats from 110 in 2008.

Mr Siddaramaiah also said Karnataka was receiving the highest amount of investment in the country and that would not happen if there was really a law and order problem.

Actress turned politician Ramya, a former Member of Parliament from Mandya, had yesterday taken a dig at Modi wondering if he was on "pot", a put-down which invited a sharp criticism. "I am not so cheap to back a bandh opposing prime minister's visit", News18 quoted Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as saying. Investigate Judge Loya's death, 3. The administration was dominated by sand mafia, transfer mafia and builder mafia, he said and added that scams and mafia have a free run here.