Kateel working to defeat BJP in November bypolls to unseat BSY: Siddaramaiah

The anti-Yediyurappa camp has given this task to the Dakshina Kannada MP, the former chief minister tweeted. Kateel, he said, was the face of the anti-Yediyurappa squad within the BJP. “This squad is working tirelessly to lose in by-election and e...

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Bengaluru: Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday alleged that the BJP state president Nalinkumar Kateel was plotting to ensure his party’s defeat in the November 3 bypolls in order to weaken and unseat chief minister BS Yediyurappa.

The anti-Yediyurappa camp has given this task to the Dakshina Kannada MP, the former chief minister tweeted. Kateel, he said, was the face of the anti-Yediyurappa squad within the BJP. “This squad is working tirelessly to lose in by-election and eventually blame BS Yediyurappa for the loss.”

As the byelection tussle between the two parties intensified, the two leaders got personal, and exchanged barbs insulting each other. While Kateel took Siddaramaiah’s name at an election event in RR Nagar on Wednesday, saying voters will pack him off to wilderness, the former chief minister took to the microblogging site to launch a series of vitriolic attacks, calling the MP an uncivilised man.


The Congress leader’s attacks on Kateel got BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh’s goat as Siddaramaiah played with Kannada words to drag the BJP leader’s name. In one of his tweets, Siddaramaiah said someone (Santhosh) made Kateel, who was loitering on the streets of Mangaluru, BJP’s state president. But his task was not building the party, instead toppling Yediyurappa; he is carrying it out, he said.

The BJP national leader hit back at Siddaramaiah, saying he brought Karnataka to its knees by his divisive politics. “Stung by defeat , worried by setbacks , unable to stop the rise of competitors in his party takes the discourse to a new low.”

The former chief minister also referred to Vijayapura MLA (BJP) Basavanagouda Patil Yatnal’s comments on Yediyurappa, and said Kateel lacked the spine to act on his own party MLA for crossing the line, but would make comments on the Congress.
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