Bengaluru: A Twitter war broke out in Karnataka between Congress strongman Siddaramaiah and the BJP after two MLAs withdrew support to the Congress and JD(S) coalition government.
Independent MLA H Nagesh from Mulabagal and a lone MLA of Karnataka PrajnyavantaJanata Paksha R Shankar from Rane Bennur constituency quit the coalition to join BJP.
In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Siddaramaiah asked him whether his slogan ‘Saaf Niyat’ meant a coup and grabbing power. “Mr. Saaf Niyat @narendramodi, Is allowing your disgraceful @BJP4Karnataka leaders to destabilise govt a ‘Saaf Niyat’ towards democracy? Your PR slogans don’t hide your actual ‘Niyat’ & your ‘Sahi Vikas’ should go beyond developing Resorts. First show your Niyat to people!!” said his tweet.
Lashing out at the BJP’s Operation Lotus and for huddling their MLAs in a resort, Siddaramaiah said the BJP had always had bad intention and ‘Resort Vikas’. “@BJP4India has a legacy of ‘Gandha Niyat, Resort Vikas’. Their ‘Operation Kamala’ is not new & they will indulge whenever they feel politically threatened. Recent miserableloss in 5 states is the result of their ongoing attempt inKarnataka which will fail #GandhaNiyatResortVikas,” he said.
He further asked Modi whether guarding the BJP MLAs in a resort was his role as Chowkidar. “Dear watchman prime minister Narendra Modi, you had called yourself as the watchman of the nation. You have now become a watchman to guard the MLAs of Karnataka in a hotel.”
To this, the BJP hit back by tweeting, “You seem to have completely lost it after you were booted out in #KarnatakaElections. Remember how your party locked up your own MLA’s in resorts just few months back, Who was then threatened? Certainly not BJP. Your greed to have control over Congress is today backfiring.”
“Disgraceful is when you form government even after been rejected by people of Karnataka. Lack of Niyat & Vikas in your unholy alliance is a result of crippled govt. Stop blaming BJP& Modi to hide your failure to save your existence. Your greedhas crippled @hd_kumaraswamy’s govt,” said the tweet.
Shobha Karandlaje, BJP MP from Udupi Chikkamagaluru, tweeted, “Does the man who masterminded Operation Hasta have any credibility to comment on PM??!! The same man got 8 MLA’s defected with unethical ways, and now Speaking about Gandha Niyat??!!! It’s known to all how ‘Gandha’ is the Niyat of @siddaramaiah, who practices opportunism.”