Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday levelled fresh allegations against Siddaramaiah, saying that the chief minister had attended the 2013 World Economic Forum meeting in China and received a costly gift from "declared absconder" Vijay Eswaran.
Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Siddaramaiah met Eswaran when he went to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in China in 2013 and invited him to invest in Karnataka.
In September 2013, Siddaramaiah went to attend World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in China and there he met Vijay Ishwaran who is an absconder. There was another absconder and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has called both a national threat: BJP pic.twitter.com/abRI62Qshk— ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2018
The attack comes in the wake of the recent allegations levelled by the Congress on Prime Minister Narendra Modi of meeting PNB Fraud accused Nirav Modi during World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos.
Sambit Patra said that the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) had declared Vijay Eswaran an absconder and yet, the chief minister met him.
The BJP spokesperson also alleged that Siddaramaiah had received a gift from Eswaran and wondered if it was a premium Hublot watch.
Adding further, he demanded a clarification on the matter from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
In September 2013, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had gone to participate in the three-day annual meeting of the New Champions of the World Economic Forum and led a 22-member delegation.
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is scheduled for May 12. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 15.
OneIndia News (with ANI inputs)