Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah called Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa mentally disturbed, in response to BJP CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa’s assertion of winning on a clear majority.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, fighting a tough battle to retain power in the state where no party has been re-elected for a second straight term in 33 years. The Congress leader, who is contesting from two constituencies – Chamundeshwari and Badami – expressed confidence that his party will win with a clear majority and rejected any possibility of a hung assembly.
Earlier in the day, Mr Yeddyurappa, the presumptive chief minister of the BJP, declared, “I will fly to Delhi on the 15th once the results are announced and meet Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. I will invite him and others for the swearing in ceremony which is going to happen most likely on the 17th.”
Asked by reporters to react to Mr Yeddyurappa declaring he would be sworn in on May 17, Mr Siddaramaiah quipped: “He is mentally disturbed.”
He also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches during the husting and his visit to Pashupatinath temple in Nepal today will have no impact on voters of Karnataka.