Bengaluru, May 7: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa for an open debate.
The Congress issued an advertisement on Monday in local dailies in poll-bound Karnataka.
The advertisement, featuring Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, asked Yeddyurappa to a “debate with facts”.
PM Modi is deliberately confusing Karnataka voters with his bombastic speeches on non-issues. All hot air & no substance. My contest is not with him. It is with Yaddyurappa.
I challenge him to an open debate on issues on a single platform. Will he accept? Modi is also welcome! pic.twitter.com/34Jl6nIeOE
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 7, 2018
Siddaramaiah tweet repeated the invitation — with an addition: “Modi is also welcome”.
While the topic debate was their plans “for the future of Karnataka”, the large print indicated at the context: “Stop making false accusations, allegations. Why not debate with facts and let the people of Karnataka decide who is truthful,” the advertisement said.
Voting for the 224-member Karnataka Assembly will take place on May 12. The result of the polls will be announced on May 15.
The southern state is scheduled to witness a three-corner contest involving the ruling Congress, the BJP and the H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S).