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Karnataka Election 2018

Siddaramaiah’s open-debate challenge accepted by Yeddyurappa

As the campaign for the Karnataka assembly polls reaches its peak intensity, BJP’s chief-ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has responded to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s challenge for an open debate.

In a tweet, Yeddyurappa said, “Let us debate [on] turning Lokayukta powerless, farmers’ suicide, sand mafia and honest officers’ transfer.”

Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said the CM has “worked very hard” in bringing in a “model of anti-development” in Karnataka by decreased growth rate and increased corruption. “I am sure you will mesmerize me with your insights about divisive and appeasement politics,” he said.

On Monday, the Karnataka Congress had issued an advertisement in local papers challenging Yeddyurappa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in an open debate based on facts that are not just flowery words.

Sharing a photograph of the advertisement on his personal Twitter handle, Siddaramaiah said, “PM Modi is deliberately confusing Karnataka voters with his bombastic speeches on non-issues. [It is] all hot air and 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.

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