Siddaramaiah's Defamation notice to Prime Minister
Siddaramaiah issues a legal notice of defamation to Prime Minister. This is perhaps the first time in India that a defamation notice is issued to the prime minister. This notice issued five days before elections is a clever attempt by the congress chief minister to not only deflect people's attention from the prime minister's blistering campaign, but a calculated strategy to one that of Modi vs. Siddaramaiah. As the BJP tries to convert the Karnataka poll into Modi vs. Rahul contest , congress intends to make it Siddaramaiah vs. Modi. This perfectly fits into Siddaramaiah's politics of north south divide and Kannada identity card. However, both parties are responsible for converting elections into a personality conflict rather than a polemical fight over public issues.