Saturday saw a Twitter war being fought between the ruling Congress government in Karnataka, and the opposition BJP, over the latter's stand on the anti-Hindi imposition campaign that has rocked the state recently.
It all began with a tweet by BJP's CT Ravi, accusing the Congress-led Karnataka government of hypocrisy.
"Congress Government which wants to teach Arabic in Karnataka Schools falsely accuses Central Government about #HindiImposition in State," Ravi, an MLA from Chikkamagaluru tweeted.
CONgress Government which wants to teach Arabic in Karnataka Schools falsely accuses Central Government about #HindiImposition in State.â€” C.T.Ravi (@CTRavi_BJP) July 28, 2017
However, Ravi's accusations were shot down by the ruling Congress party, with one of its ministers and a prominent leader coming forward to counter the argument.
Calling Ravi a "peddler of lies," Dinesh Gund Rao, KPCC working President, tweeted that the former was a "serial offender," who propagated provocative, divisive discourse.
Soon, State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Tanveer Sait rubbished Ravi's claims and put out a series of tweets countering his argument.
Pointing out that around 550 students were indeed studying Arabic, the Minister asserted that Arabic was an optional language and it was not being forced on the students by the present state government.
Further saying that the language was taught as a third language in a few schools in Bijapur, Minister Tanveer said:
"In 2009 letter went to DSERT to make the syllabus according to which it was done." The Minister added that it was the BJP government that had sent the letter at the time.
Following this, Dinesh demanded that Ravi apologise for his words and said that a comparison with the debate on Hindi imposition was totally uncalled for.