A tweet on the Twitter handle of Karnataka Congress, wherein Prime Minister Narendra Modi was referred as ‘Angootha Chhaap’ or illiterate, ignited controversy. Posted on October 18th, the tweet focused on the work done by Congress in building schools. It read as:
“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. The country is suffering because of #angoothachhaap Modi.”
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Soon after the controversy arose, Karnataka Congress President, DK Shivakumar, regretted this ‘uncivil tweet’ of calling Mr. Prime Minister an Angootha Chhaap and stated that it has been taken down.
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In response to it, he said, “I have always believed that civil and parliamentary language is a non-negotiable prerequisite for political discourse. An uncivil tweet made by a novice social media manager through the Karnataka Congress official Twitter handle is regretted and stands withdrawn.”
While BJP Karnataka spokesperson, Malavika Avinash has said, “only the Congress could stoop so low,” as reported by NDTV. This Congress-BJP catfight occurred when State Assembly by-poll elections are around the corner. These elections are to be held on October 30th for two seats- Sindagi and Hangal.