Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has taken exception to the allegation made by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa that his family members were looting the State.

Speaking to presspersons on Tuesday while he was campaign in his constituency, Mr. Shettar challenged the Karnataka Janata Paksha president to produce proof to back up the allegation. Mr. Yeddyurappa is a senior leader who should not stoop to making such comments for the sake of publicity.

Mr. Shettar also condemned KJP leader V. Dhananjay Kumar’s remarks against veteran leader L.K. Advani. He said the people of the country know the stature of Mr. Advani and one should be cautious while making baseless allegations against him. Regarding Mr. Yeddyurappa’s challenge that Mr. Shettar would not be able to get even 50 seats, he said there was a BJP wave in the State and his party would come back to power. When asked why there were so many star campaigners in Hubli Dharwad (Central) constituency, Mr. Shettar said they would campaign in other constituencies also.