[Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in a file photo.]
Bengaluru: From AK-49, ABCD, RSVP, SCAM and a number of others for his political opponents, Prime Minister Modi on Saturday coined yet another acronym for the Congress party. However, what had attracted the attention of the people is its full form as described by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah.
"After May 15, Indian National Congress will be reduced to 'PPP Congress'. P for Punjab, P for Puducherry, and P for Parivar (family)," Modi said while addressing an election rally in Gadag, Karnataka.
Siddarmaiah however was quick to retort to the PPP jibe and sent out a tweet saying, "Dear Modi, Heard you spun a new abbreviation ‘PPP’ today. Sir, we have always championed the 3 Ps of democracy - ‘Of the People, By the People, For the People’. While your party is a ‘Prison’, ‘Price Rise’ & ‘Pakoda’ party. Am I right, Sir?"
Karnataka is scheduled for the assembly elections on May 12. Counting of votes will be done on May 15. All results will be declared on the same day.
Modi’s latest attack on Congress and its leadership came a day after Rahul Gandhi hit back with a series of tweets after the former called Bengaluru a “garbage city”.
“Dear PM, Calling Bengaluru, the garden city & the pride of India, a "garbage city" is insulting. Building lies comes naturally to you, but you seem to find building cities very difficult. The data nails your lies”, Rahu said.
“Cosmopolitan, innovative & historic, beautiful Bengaluru, India’s pride, is the world’s most dynamic city! Our Govt. is committed to investing Rs. One Lakh Crore to further develop Bengaluru and other cities in Karnataka”, the Congress chief said in another tweet.
Modi retorted by saying that the Congress is spreading lies and accusing the party of being neck deep in corruption. Directly targeting Chief Minister Siddaramiah, Modi reiterated that his government in Karnataka is a “Seedha Rupaiah Sarkar”.
Siddaramiah however asked Modi to talk something relevant and also demanded from him answers of the questions he had posed to him. "So, please talk about something relevant to the people of Karnataka. 1. Why is diesel & petrol so expensive when international crude oil prices are half of what they used to be before 2014? 2. Instead of advising the youth to sell pakodas why don’t you focus on job creation?" the Chief Minister said.
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