The Congress and the ruling BJP in poll-bound Karnataka engaged in a bitter war of words on Saturday over politicians attending events organised by rowdies.
Mounting the attack, the Congress launched a website -- www.bjprowdymorcha.com -- saying it has put up a list of 'leaked' candidates on the portal. The list comprises people with their photographs who allegedly have criminal cases registered against them.
The Congress charged that the Karnataka BJP is accommodating rowdies and anti-social elements in the ruling party.
"With the skeletons tumbling out of the cupboard of BJP in the last days, the Indian National Congress has upped the ante by dedicating an entire website to showcase the improprieties of the BJP in the run-up to the 2023 elections," the Congress said in a statement.
The BJP hit back by listing out the past of many leaders, who allegedly have a criminal history.
In a series of tweets, the BJP without mincing words alleged that Congress state president D K Shivakumar himself was an aide of a notorious rowdy. It also stated that Karnataka Youth Congress president Mohammed Harris Nalapad was a rowdy.
ರೌಡಿಗಳ ಕಿಂಗ್ ಕೊತ್ವಾಲನ ಚಹಾ ಲೋಟ ಎತ್ತುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಪುಡಿ ರೌಡಿ @DKShivakumar ನ ರಾಜ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷನನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಿರೋ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ಗೆ ಬಿಜೆಪಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತಾಡೋ ನೈತಿಕೆಯಿದೆಯಾ ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಿ.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) December 3, 2022
ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಿಂದ ಆರಂಭವಾಗುವ ಇವರ ಕ್ರೂರ ನಾಯಕರ ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಬಾರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಮಾಯಕರಿಗೆ ಹೊಡೆದ ಮರಿರೌಡಿ @nalapad ವರೆಗೂ ಇದೆ.
The Congress launched the attack following reports that some of their leaders recently attended a programme organised by rowdies in the city, who police had said were absconding.
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