During his reply to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took on the Congress and its leaders. He reserved a few minutes for the leader of the Congress, Mallikarjuna Kharge.
Speaking about the Karnataka elections, he said after the polls you may get a place to sit here (Parliament) by showing devotion to one family, but do not insult Jagadguru Basaveshwara, he said.
"You should be knowing, you come from Karnataka that it was Jagadguru Basaveshwara who during 12th century through a concept of Anabhava Mantapa thought about taking decisions in a democratic way," he said, adding work on women empowerment also happened then with the presence of women in those meetings.
Also pointing out that Kharge had recited a couplet, Modi said he hoped that the Karnataka Chief Minister had heard the couplet that was recited.
These statements have not pleased the Congress one bit. A war of words broke out with the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah coming to Kharge's rescue. While thanking the PM for remembering him, he said that Kannadigas would be thankful if he followed Basavanna's teachings.
"PM @narendramodi. It was good of you to have remembered me in the Parliament today. I am glad you also remembered Basavanna," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.
He said "Basava said "those with wealth will build temples; what do I do, a poor man? Kannadigas will thank you sir if you could follow Basavanna's teachings."
Modi also hit out at the Congress for claiming credit to Jawaharlal Nehru for establishing democracy in the country.