Election Commission admonishes Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah

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BANGALORE: Terming it as violation of poll code, the Election Commission on Thursday admonished Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah for his derogatory remarks against BJP PM nominee Narendra Modi.

The EC warned CM not to make such statements in future. The CM during election canvassing in Hassan on Thursday clarified that he never addressed Modi as murderer, but the BJP government led by Modi as murderer. “I have not indulged in personal attack”, he said.

Following complaint from BJP, the EC on April 4 issued show-cause notice to minister Siddaramaiah for his alleged remarks. Chief electoral officer in Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha had told that the commission was examining CM’s statement amounted to “personal attack”.

Siddramaiah during election canvassing in Heggadadevanakote (HD Kote) under Mysore Lok Sabha segment, referring to Gujarat riots had allegedly termed Modi a “murderer”.

Both the top leaders of Congress — Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Congress chief Parameshwara — in the state have been indulged in making controversial statements in this election. Besides CM’s murderer statement, Parameshwara had stoked a controversy by taunting JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda that the former PM as promised should consume poison because his party did not win the assembly elections held in 2013.

Terming it as “personal attack”, the JD(S) has filed a complaint against Karnataka Congress chief. According to Parameshwara, Gowda had said that if JD(S) don’t come to power, he will consume poison and die. “I am also waiting that he will consume it today or tomorrow. He is not consuming it,” the Congress chief had said. He, however, expressed regret over his comments.

Remarks of Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara have come in for strong criticism from the opposition parties, with both BJP and JD(S) demanding apology from the Congress leaders.

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