Do not fall into the BJP's trap, Congress leader Madhu Yaskhi Goud has warned party workers ahead of the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018.
The BJP will try to "provoke" Congress workers on communal lines, but they should not fall into the saffron party's "trap", the AICC secretary said.
Yaskhi, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, advised party men to stick to "pro-development" activities carried out by the Siddaramaiah government in the state as they campaign for the assembly polls, to be held later this year.
His advice to the party men came at a time the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP were engaged in a bitter publicity war on social media.
The online dual dripping with sarcasm began with the Congress recently posting a video, titled "recipe for a BJP star campaigner" on Twitter, mocking Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath following his campaign in Karnataka.
The video with a caricature of Adityanath showed the BJP's recipe for a star campaigner had ingredients such as criminal records, saffron dye, crocodile tears, homophobia, misogyny, zero attention to development, simmer on the communal flame and bring to a boil, garnish with ignorance, and serve with hate in Karnataka.
The BJP, which is seeking a return to power in Karnataka, the only big state under the Congress's belt now, hit back with a video attacking the Siddaramaiah-led government of being "anti-Hindu".
The BJP's video, titled "Gundu Rao Military Hotel", carried caricatures of Siddaramaiah as a chef, state party working president Dinesh Gundu Rao and social media in-charge Ramya. It claimed the recipe for "Siddu beef biryani" include stolen rice from 'Anna Bagya' scheme, cow meat from an illegal slaughterhouse and Hindu blood (citing alleged murders of Hindu activists), among others.
Retorting, the Congress poured scorn on the BJP, calling it "Beef Janata Party" and poked fun at its "hypocrisy" on the beef ban issue.
"The BJP will try to polarise people communally, provoke our men by doing such things. Showing the chief minister as a chef (in the video released by the BJP) is derogatory and is a criminality.
"Our workers should not fall into the BJP's trap and stick to the development agenda as guided by the party leadership," Yaskhi said.
He lauded the state government for its performance, listing several of its "pro-people" measures.
"So, the BJP cannot compete with the Congress on developmental issues. Hence, it is resorting to such tactics. People of Karnataka will not fall for such tricks," Yaskhi said as he exuded confidence that his party would retain power in the state.
|Karnataka Assembly Election dates|
|Date of notification||April 17|
|Last date to file nominations||April 24|
|Last date to withdraw nominations||April 27|
|Date of polling||May 12|
|Date of counting||May 15|