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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has sent a defamation notice to his rival Yeddyurappa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP, and its President Amit Shah for accusing him of corruption and making defamatory statements against him ahead of the state elections.
The notice carries excerpts of BJP advertisements and statements made by PM Modi, Shah, Yeddyurappa, and other BJP leaders.
CM @siddaramaiah sends a legal notice to PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Shri Yeddyurappa seeking a public apology, for the “baseless and false” claims made by them during the ongoing Assembly Campaign.#KarnatakaDefeatsBJPhttps://t.co/czBZQ3DeTn— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) May 7, 2018
The notice also mentions the watch controversy. BJP and PM Modi had suggested that Siddaramaiah’s costly Hublot watch was a gift from an absconder who ran Ponzi schemes and indicated a quid pro quo.
“My client received the watch from his friend as a gift and paid the required tax for it and on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly declared the source of the watch and handed it to the Hon'ble Speaker to treat the same as an asset of the state. Despite this, with an intention to malign my client’s image, you, the 2nd noticee (Modi), have made such baseless, untrue and false remarks,” the legal notice sent by drafted by advocate VS Ugrappa reads.
The notice asks PM Modi, Amit Shah, and Yeddyurappa to cease and desist from making false and defamatory statements against Siddaramaiah and demands a public apology from the trio failing which the CM would initiate legal proceedings against them.
Earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah had challenged his rival B.S Yeddyurappa for an open debate. He also offered Yeddyurappa the liberty to chose the time and venue and said that he would come unprepared and speak extempore
I have asked @BSYBJP to join me in an open debate. @narendramodi is welcome to join.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 7, 2018
I will speak extempore. They can bring paper
Come on BSY avare let people see who they are voting for beyond the smokescreen created by hot air from Modi-Shah-Yogi teamhttps://t.co/FkSstZIQFW