With just less than two weeks to go for Karnataka polls, yet another Twitter war broke out between Karnataka CM SIddaramaiah and the BJP. #EbaarBJP and #AnswermaadiModi became the no 1 trend on Twitter for a while.
Like several occasions in the past, CM Siddaramaiah picked on PM Narendra Modi as his prime target.
On Monday evening, Siddaramaiah tweeted, “Heard you are visiting Namma Karnataka tomorrow. We welcome you to our state. While you are here, we Kannadigas would like you to address the following concerns,” addressing PM Modi.
The questions that followed were regarding the “hypocrisy” in giving tickets to the mining scam-tainted Reddy brothers and their close associates. He asked if Gali Janardhan Reddy will join BJP rallies.
This comes after the BJP’s central leadership is seen to have visibly distance themselves from the mining baron, despite giving tickets to eight people close to him, including two of his brothers.
Siddaramaiah also asked the BJP’s top brass if Yeddyurappa is still the BJP’s CM candidate after media reports suggested that the Modi and Amit Shah do not want to share a stage with Yeddyurappa.
“In Karnataka, you give tickets to rape accused & MLAs who watched porn in Assembly. In UP, CM Adityanath protects a BJP MLA who raped a 16 Yr old girl. In J&K, your MLAs defend rapists of a child,” he tweeted.
Siddaramaiah also questioned the “jumla” of Rs. 15 lakh deposit to every citizen of India which was reportedly by the BJP ahead of the 2014 poll.
Not taking this Twitter outburst lightly, the BJP’s state unit tweeted back accusing Siddaramaiah of appeasement politics and held him responsible for farmer suicides in the state.
Yes Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is our mantra. What's yours? Jihadis ke Saath - Hinduoan ka vinash?— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) April 30, 2018
You slept while 3800+ farmers hanged themselves -worst record in K'taka's history. Did little to our failing irrigation projects. Now you have the shame to talk about farmers? https://t.co/yRUUzHZzj5
On the question of employment generation, the BJP shared two media reports citing job creation and accused the Congress of cooking up numbers in its manifesto.
The BJP also brought up the ex-minister HY Meti’s involvement in a sex scandal, countering Siddharamiah's question on why BJP gave tickets to rape accused and MLAs who watched porn in Assembly.
The party also defended BS Yeddyurappa as its CM face and claimed he is a “true mass leader” while asking Siddaramaiah if he was his party’s Chief Ministerial choice.
Its hilarious to see the soon to be ex-CM get so paranoid with @BSYBJP's popularity!— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) April 30, 2018
Unlike you, BSY is a true mass leader who came to power on his own strength, not on the weakness of opposition.
BSY is our CM face. Are you the CM face of Congress? https://t.co/QBZlqjai8x