A Twitter spat commenced between Congress and BJP after Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah labelled Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath as “north Indian imports” which the other party described as being divisive politics.
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 25, 2018
In the tweet, the Karnataka CM is clearly referring to the opposition BJP’s pre-poll strategy, which involves fielding PM Modi for as many as 20 rallies, besides other star campaigners like Yogi Adityanath, Amit Shah and Hema Malini, in an all-out effort to expel the Congress from power.
In a blistering attack over Siddaramaiah’s “imports” comment, the BJP said his attempt to divide North and South India is “disgusting” and added it understands his anxiety of being “rejected” by his constituents.
Imports? How much lower can you stoop Mr. CM?
Your attempt at North-South divide is disgusting. But we understand your anxiety.
While you are rejected by your own constituents, PM Modi has a pan India appeal. It’s time you learn a thing or two about leadership when he’s here. https://t.co/YYo978DO74
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) April 25, 2018
The election for the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is scheduled for May 12 and the counting of votes will take place on May 15. Opinion polls have so far forecast a close fight between the two parties and the BJP believes that Modi’s whirlwind campaign in the final days before the polls can tilt the scale in its favour.