bjp president Amit Shah on Thursday lambasted Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah for not doing his job.

At the Trade and Industry leaders meet in Bangalore on Thursday, Shah said that the Congress government in the state has done absolutely nothing to improve the lives of the people. He pointed out that the infrastructure in the state capital of Bangalore is worse as people, due to poor road condition, often fall prey to accidents and traffic jam.

He pointed out that under the Congress government, Karnataka received Rs 88,583 crore in the 13th Finance Commission while the BJP-led government gave the state Rs. 2,19,506 crore in the 14th Finance Commission.

Despite the funds, the chief minister did nothing to make life convenient for the people in his state, he said.

However, this remark did not go well with supporters of Congress who said that the ruling party did not dole out those funds from their own pocket. They pointed out that as per the 14 the finance commission, under article 280, every state received 42% share of the tax collection against 32% of earlier one (13th).

“The 14th Finance Commission was set up by UPA itself and its recommendations are constitutionally mandatory, stop taking credit Mr Shah!” said a user on Twitter.

BSY vs Siddaramaiah

Meanwhile, former chief minister BS Yeddyurppa also attacked Siddaramaiah. He said that development and good governance have been ousted from Karnataka since the Congress came to power. He promised that, if elected, the BJP government in the state will strive to provide a clean and efficient governance that enabled a participatory approach.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday night, Yeddyurappa pointed out that Bangalore’s infrastructure is in a shambles. He said that it’s time to get rid of pothole-ridden roads and froth-filled lakes. “It’s time to reboot Bangalore,” he said hash-tagging #NewIndia on Twitter.

In response to this, chief minister Siddaramaiah attacked the BJP, referring to the party as without unity and good leadership. Siddaramaiah said that he came to power when the then ruling state BJP government had to change three chief ministers. He said that the party also comprised half a dozen MLAs and ministers, including BS Yeddyurappa who was sent to jail along with the Reddy brothers, who looted Rs26,000 crore of mineral wealth that belonged to the public. “Several new BDA layouts in Bangalore were abandoned due to the denotification scam,” said Siddaramaiah.

Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah is getting ready for the re-election. However, his status for the CM position remains to be seen as there seems to be some mystery surrounding his candidature.

The chief minister recently announced that he will be holding rallies only in select constituencies in Karnataka. Recently, he overstayed his visit in Mysore. Reports claim that he is not happy with the party high command's order of instructing him to contest only from Chamundeshwari. Several senior leaders from the Congress, including the state party president G Parameshwara, rushed to meet him in Mysore.

However, when speaking to the reporters about the issue, he said that he will follow what the direction of the high command.

Siddaramaiah will begin his statewide campaign from April 24. He confirmed that he will not tour all 224 constituencies, but focus on those that require his presence. “There’s a tough fight this time,” he said.

Meanwhile, energy minister DK Shivakumar has filed the nomination papers at Kanakapura in Ramanagara district.

This year, the competition is fierce in Karnataka. It remains to be seen who would become the next chief minister.

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