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Karnataka Congress’ ‘angootha-chhaap’ remark on PM sparks political row

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Politics, Bengaluru, October 19:- Bitter political sparring in Karnataka ahead of two by-polls touched a new low on Monday (October 18) as the Congress attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “angootha-chhaap” or illiterate.

“Congress built schools but Modi never went to study. Congress even set up schemes for adults to learn, Modi didn’t learn there too.  People who chose to beg for a living despite beggary being prohibited are today pushing citizens to beggary. Country is suffering because of “#angoothachhaap modi,” the Karnataka Congress tweeted in Kannada.

The comment was called out by many as a personal attack on the Prime Minister.

The BJP’s Karnataka spokesperson, Malavika Avinash, said “only the Congress could stoop so low” and added that the comment did not even merit a response.

State Congress spokesperson Lavanya Ballal admitted that the tone of the tweet was “unfortunate” and said there would be an inquiry. But she said she saw no reason to retract it or apologise for it.

By-polls will be held for the assembly constituencies of Sindagi and Hangal on October 30. The seats fell vacant after the death of a Janata Dal Secular MLA and a BJP legislator.

Much is at stake for the ruling BJP as this is the first vote after Basavaraj Bommai replaced BS Yediyurappa as Chief Minister. Hangal is right next to the new Chief Minister’s constituency Shiggaon. The Congress hopes to score both the seats as a boost ahead of state polls in 2023.

The opposition party, however, did not look good recently when two of its leaders were caught on a hot mic gossiping about their boss DK Shivakumar and even alleging bribe-taking.
This was followed by a sharp Twitter exchange between  Bommai and Congress leader Siddaramaiah, a former Chief Minister.
The back-and-forth began over Bommai’s comment that moral policing was “action and reaction” caused by hurt sentiment. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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