The Congress in Karnataka has deleted a tweet labelling Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “angootha-chhaap” or illiterate, also expressing regret for what it called an “uncivil tweet” posted by a “novice social media manager”.
Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar, withdrawing the party’s controversial post, admitted last night that it fell short of “civil and parliamentary language” in political discourse.
“I have always believed that civil and parliamentary language is a non-negotiable pre-requisite 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made by a novice social media manager through the Karnataka Congress official Twitter handle is regretted and stands withdrawn,” Mr Shivakumar tweeted.
I have always believed that civil and parliamentary language is a non-negotiable pre-requisite 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made by a novice social media manager through the Karnataka Congress official Twitter handle is regretted and stands withdrawn.
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) October 18, 2021
The Karnataka Congress had flung a personal attack at PM Modi in the now deleted tweet.
“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 party’s handle had tweeted in Kannada.
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.
The tweet emerged in an acrimonious war of words between the BJP and the Congress in the run-up to high-stakes bypolls for two assembly constituencies on October 30.
For the ruling BJP, it is important to win the bypolls — the first electoral test for Basavaraj Bommai, who replaced BS Yediyurappa as Chief Minister.