CM Siddaramaiah said election is like war and likened the Congress to the Pandavas of Mahabharata.
Union Minister Ananthkumar Hegde, barely three days after courting controversy during his two-day visit to Belgavi and Kalaburagi by saying intellectuals and litterateurs exhibit their works only to bag government plots, on Friday has embroiled himself in another one. Hegde while speaking during an event said, “Like in ancient times Dhritarashtra was blind to the actions of Duryodhana and Dushasana, today also there are Dushasana and Duryodhana here(Karnataka) and Dhritarashtra is blind to their actions.” In a veiled attack, Ananthkumar called Siddaramaiah and the incumbent Congress government Duryodhana and Dushasana and Congress President Rahul Gandhi Dhritarashtra. With just a couple of months to go for the Karnataka elections, both the Congress and BJP have locked horns and have waged a war of words. On Tuesday while addressing a gathering, CM Siddaramaiah said election is like war and likened the Congress to the Pandavas of Mahabharata.
Earlier in January, CM commented that some extremist elements existed within BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal. BJP spokesperson Madhusudan demanded that CM retract his statement against the party and alleged that Congress was trying to polarise elections through communalism. The spat between Siddaramaiah and Ananthkumar was ignited in last November when the Union Minister of Employment and Skill Development criticised Siddaramaiah-led government of celebrating Tipu Jayanti and said that people would soon start celebrating ‘Ajmal Kasab Jayanti’.
Again, in December Ananthkumar’s comment on the need to change the Constitution prompted Siddaramaiah to say, “I do not want to stoop to his level. We know our language and culture. He is a Union minister, but spits venom.” CM targeting Hegde and BJP had also commented that only goons speak such language and also claimed that they are meritless and are unfit to be in public life. Karnataka is expected to hold elections early in 2018 and the BJP has already directed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to campaign for it in the state. The incumbent Congress is headed by CM Siddaramaiah, whose government won 122 seats in the 2013 Assembly elections, defeating the BJP, which managed to win only 40 seats.