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Karnataka Congress calls PM Modi 'Angootha-chhaap', triggers controversy

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Oct 2021, 09:25 pm

Bengaluru/IBNS: A bitter political row was triggered in Karnataka ahead of two bypolls after the state Congress attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "angootha-chhaap" or illiterate.

In a tweet, the Karnataka Congress wrote: "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 remark was slammed by many as a personal attack on the Prime Minister.

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.

State Congress spokesperson Lavanya Ballal too admitted that the tone of the tweet was "unfortunate" and said there would be an inquiry.

However, she said she saw no reason to retract it or apologise for it.

Bypolls will be held for the assembly constituencies of Sindagi and Hangal in Karnataka on Oct 30.

The seats fell vacant after the death of a Janata Dal Secular MLA and a BJP legislator.