'I am sure people here desperately want to join the long list of BJP-ruled states which have witnessed leap and bounds progress, Modi said.

Karnataka crying for development says PM Modi Twitterati tell him to check his facts
news Politics Monday, October 30, 2017 - 15:05

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that people Karnataka are “eager to join other states in the country, which are far ahead in terms of development”.

In a series of tweets defending Karnataka’s figures in development indices including the GDP, fiscal deficit and farmer loans, Siddaramaiah said that the state prioritises empowerment and development of people over politics of rhetoric.

Prime Minister Modi made the claim at the end of his speech addressing party workers in Bengaluru on Sunday. “I am sure people here desperately want to join the long list of BJP-ruled states which have witnessed leap and bounds progress while Karnataka is crying for development despite having the highest resources,“ he was quoted as saying, in a report by Times of India.

However, Twitter users were quick to point out that the state ranked eighth in terms of per capita income, eighth on the Human Development Index, seventh in terms of urbanisation, sixth in terms of infrastructure published by Mint and fourth in the public affairs index.

Others including Nitin Pai, director of Takshashila Foundation, Rohin Dharmakumar, Co-founder of The Ken, also questioned the veracity of Modi’s statements.

Sadanand Dhume, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, sarcastically applauded UP’s healthcare and said that people in Bengaluru were moving to Patna in droves

Migration between states reveals people’s preference and according to research, Karnataka is one of the preferred destination for people migrating for education and employment.

There were those who pointed out that the PM was not wrong.

With Karnataka’s state elections coming up in seven months, the war of words between political leaders in the state is only beginning to heat up. BJP appears to have resorted to the development card while campaigning for votes in Karnataka with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the way in claiming that the people of Karnataka are crying for development.

Last May, PM Modi had landed in a controversy, after he compared Kerala to Somalia. In an election rally he had said, "The situation with the child death ratio among Scheduled Tribes in Kerala is scarier than even Somalia. Recently, one came across a tragic picture in the media. In Peravoor, which is seen as a stronghold of the Communist party, where it has always won, there, Scheduled Tribe children were seen foraging for food in a garbage dump… it has appeared in the media.”

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