Reacting sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar Congress” jibe, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday branded BJP as a a “prison, price rise and pakoda” party.
“Dear Modiji, 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’,” Siddaramaiah tweeted shortly after Modi’s attack.
“While your party is a ‘Prison’, ‘Price Rise’ & ‘Pakoda’ party. Am I right, Sir? #NijaHeliModi,” he added.
“Nijaheli” in Kannada means tell the truth.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi had said that after its defeat in upcoming Karnataka polls, the Congress will become “Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar Congress”.
“After May 15 (when poll results will be declared), 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.
The Chief Minister also hit out at Modi’s attack regarding increase in assets belonging to some Congress legislator/Minister.
“Sir, Your CM candidate took bribe in a cheque. One ofyour Reddy friends G Janardhana Reddy conducted Rs 500 Cr wedding for his daughter at the height of demonetisation....,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
Modi today addressed four rallies in Tumakuru, Gadag, Shivamogga and Mangaluru in poll-bound Karnataka, where assembly election is scheduled for May 12. Siddaramaiah asked Modi to talk about “something relevant” to the people of Karnataka and suggested topics such as expensive diesel and petrol besides job creation.
(With agency inputs)