Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said the prime minister should gather enough information about the state, "which has the best programmes in the country," before speaking in public. Kumaraswamy's remarks came after PM Narendra Modi took a jibe at him, saying Kumaraswamy was remote controlled by the Congress.
Talking to reporters in Bengaluru, the chief minister said, "I never stabbed (anybody) like the BJP did. As prime minister, while talking about a state government, it would have been better had Modi gathered all the information before speaking in public."
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Kumaraswamy alleged that Modi targeted him only to hide his 'failures' in the last four-and-half years.
"He should know that our programmes are the best in the country. Let him gather more information about our government," Kumaraswamy said.
He also tweeted, "Respected Prime Minister, I expected you to speak the truth while addressing the people at Kalyana Karnataka, the land of Sharanas who advocated Kayaka Tatva."
Respected Prime Minister, I expected you to speak the truth while addressing the people at Kalyana Karnataka, the land of Sharanas who advocated Kayaka Tatva...— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) March 6, 2019
Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah also hit back at Modi.
He tweeted, "No individuals can control a CM in democracy. Only people can control them with their votes. Maybe Narendra Modi's experience of him being controlled from Nagpur is making him comment against others."
No individuals can control a CM in democracy. Only people can control them with their votes. May be @narendramodi's experience of him being controlled from Nagpur is making him comment against others.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) March 6, 2019
Addressing a gathering at Kalaburagi earlier on Wednesday, Modi said, "This Congress, which reached the corridors of power by stabbing the people of Karnataka and the chief minister who is being run on remote control, have not yet availed the list of beneficiary farmers."
Modi alleged that the central scheme to benefit marginal farmers has no beneficiaries in Karnataka as the state government had not provided the centre with the list.
"They take the names of poor farmers to seek votes, but after getting their votes, they forget the farmers and the poor people. They are doing injustice to the farmers of Karnataka," Modi said.
He had also alleged that the state government, instead of waiving all the farm loans, had filed cases against farmers.
(With agency inputs)