In a tweet, the official handle of Karnataka Congress used the phrase ‘angootha chhaap’ to insinuate that Prime Minister Modi is illiterate. The tweet has sparked a political row.
A head of the bypolls to two constituencies in Karnataka on October 30, the Karnataka Congress attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the ruling BJP on Twitter.
In a tweet, the official handle of Karnataka Congress used the phrase ‘angootha chhaap’ to insinuate that PM Modi is illiterate.
The Opposition party wrote in Kannada, “Congress built schools but Modi never went to study. Congress even set up schemes for adults to learn, Modi didn’t learn there too. Even though begging is prohibited, people who are lazy have made the country’s people beggars. The country is suffering because of #angoothachhaapmodi.”
In response, BJP Karnataka’s spokesperson Malavika Avinash said, “Only the Congress could stoop so low.” She added that the comment did not even merit a response.
Lavanya Ballal, Karnataka Congress’ spokesperson, said the tone of tweet was ‘unfortunate’ and that an inquiry would be conducted. However, she said she saw no reason to retract the tweet or apologise for it.
Bypolls will be held in the Assembly constituencies of Sindagi and Hangal in Karnataka on October 30. The seats fell vacant after the deaths of senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader M C ManagulI and BJP’s C M Udasi respectively.
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