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Amit Shah accuses Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah of using public money for personal gains

Amit Shah was referring to a Hublot watch Siddaramaiah reportedly used to sport before a controversy broke out. While the CM maintained that the watch was gifted to him, he later handed it over to the assembly Speaker in March 2016

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: Apr 30, 2018 16:40 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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BJP president Amit Shah speaks during 'Deendayal Upadhyaya Prashikshan Mahabhiyan' event in Ghaziabad on April 22, 2018. (PTI File Photo)

BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday attacked Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah over the Hublot watch issue, alleging that funds disbursed by the central government were used by the chief minister for personal gains.

Addressing a rally in Hiriyur in Chitradurga district, Shah claimed that while the central government had increased the outlay of funds to the state government in accordance with the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, the money did not reach the people.

“From Rs 88,000 crore under the United Progressive Alliance government, we increased the funds disbursed to the state to around Rs 3 lakh crore,” Shah claimed and questioned if “any of this money has reached the people”.

Shah has repeatedly targeted the Congress government over the alleged corruption in his rallies ahead of the May 12 assembly polls in the state. On Sunday, he again accused the state government as the most corrupt.

“Siddaramaiah keeps accusing me of not giving any evidence to prove the charges of corruption. But I have only one question, does anybody present here have a watch worth Rs 40 lakh?”

He was referring to a Hublot watch Siddaramaiah reportedly used to sport before a controversy broke out. While the CM maintained that the watch was gifted to him, he later handed it over to the assembly Speaker in March 2016. “To date, Siddaramaiah has been unable to tell me where he got the watch from and who gifted it to him,” Shah said.

Shah also held two road shows in Davanagere and Tumakuru. Congress spokespersons could not be reached for comments.

First Published: Apr 29, 2018 23:04 IST