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Who is farmers’ biggest messiah? BJP, Congress Twitter war ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections

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    Bengaluru, March 23: After having heated debates over cow, communalism, Kannada pride, Karnataka flag and religious status to Lingayats, among others, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have now decided to fight over farmers in poll-bound Karnataka. The elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly are likely to take place between the last week of April and the first week of May. Before the elections, both the parties are leaving no stone unturned to attack each other and polarise the people of Karnataka as much as possible.

    The distress in agriculture is the latest subject over which both the Congress and the BJP are fighting on Twitter. Allegations and counter-allegations are flying thick and fast to prove which party is the biggest benefactor of the farmers. If the BJP has alleged that more than 3,700 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka during the incumbent Congress government, the Congress, on its part, has asked the Karnataka unit of BJP to ask the Narendra Modi government at the Centre to write off farm loans across the country.

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    Jumping into the farmers' debate, incumbent chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Thursday dubbed the state BJP unit as "spineless" for not demanding the Centre to write off farm loans, while the saffron party hit back at the CM asking him to announce the debt relief just like the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra governments. 

    "The Karnataka BJP is so spineless that instead of asking the center to waive farmers' loans it is giving accountancy lessons on Twitter. People will not be fooled. Center can write off lakhs of crores of a few industrialists but can't give debt relief to crores of farmers," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

    Moments later, the Karnataka BJP took a swipe at Siddaramaiah saying, "Talking about spine, UP and Maharashtra CM's exhibited their spine by waiving farm loans without Centre's help. If you have one, why don't follow suit and waive farm loans yourself?"

    The Karnataka BJP also took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and tweeted, "Yes, we were wrong in teaching accountancy. We realise it is beyond you and your boss's comprehension levels!"

    In reply to the BJP's challenge over farm loan waiver, the Congress wrote on Twitter, "And yet 30,000 farmers in Maharashtra had to walk for a week to reach Mumbai and meet the CM asking for a Farm Loan waiver!"

    The argument between the parties did not end there. The BJP highlighted that thousands of farmers have committed suicide under the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka.

    The BJP alleged that the Karnataka irrigation minister MB Patil did only two things during his tenure, "collecting kickbacks from irrigation tenders and dividing the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community".

    The BJP also claimed that the current BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre did more for farmers compared to the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

    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

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