Jittery BJP makes 3 Goof Ups
The Congress poked fun at Amit Shah saying it agreed with his description of Karnataka's Yeddyurappa government as "number one" in corruption in a gleeful reference to a gaffe made by the BJP president when he sought to mention Siddaramaiah but named his party's former chief minister instead. Congress social media in-charge Divya Spandana Ramya went to town on Twitter over Shah's comment at a press conference earlier today in Karnataka. "Who knew Amit Shah could also speak the truth - we all concur with you Amit ji B S Yeddyurappa is the most corrupt!," she tweeted. In another tweet, Ramya said this was not the first time Shah had expressed such feelings towards Yeddyurappa. Shah had said, addressing the media, "A Supreme Court retired judge has said that if a comparison is made on corruption, then the Yeddyurappa government would get the number one award." Former BJP Karnataka chief Prahlad Joshi, also present at the conference, sought to nudge him by naming Siddharamaiah, the Congress chief minister in the state, and Shah promptly corrected himself. "Er...Siddaramaiah government will be given the number one award," Shah said. Shah is campaigning for his party in Karnataka for the May 12 Assembly elections, in which the BJP seeks to upstage the Congress. The BJP has already put its weight behind Lingayat leader Yeddyurappa by projecting him as its chief ministerial candidate.
Sushma Swaraj retweeted a Twitter poll run by Congress party's official Twitter handle asking people if the death of 39 Indians in Mosul is Swaraj's biggest failure as the Foreign Minister. Interestingly, 24 per cent people voted Yes and 76 per cent voted No. According to one screenshot, Sushma Swaraj retweeted the poll before the results were even out. IndiaToday.in couldn't ascertain the exact time when the poll was retweeted.
Meanwhile, Congress' social media head Divya Spandana has alleged that the poll was rigged by BJP's bots. In a tweet, Spandana said, "Bots janta party having a field day with our polls! But the lies said and the misery and pain caused to those 39 families, will not forget- (sic)" Sushma Swaraj told the Parliament a few days ago that the 39 Indians missing in Iraq's Mosul were dead. Sushma's decision to announce the news in Parliament without informing the kin of the dead people received a lot of flak. Congress also decided to move a privilege motion against Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha for "misleading" the house. They also dared Swaraj to make public the sources who formed the basis of her claim that the 39 missing Indians were dead.
BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya today tweeted the date of the Karnataka Assembly polls before the Election Commission announced it, prompting the panel to describe the leak as a "very serious issue" that merited a probe and "stringent action". Malviya, however, tweeted that he had only quoted a news channel. His tweet came when Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat was addressing a press conference to announce the schedule for Karnataka polls but had not announced the date. The BJP IT cell head said the election would be held on May 12 and counting would take place on May 18. While he was correct on the polling day, the votes will be counted on May 15. When Rawat's attention was drawn towards the tweet, he described it as a "very serious issue". He said people can conjecture but noted that as information has been "leaked", the Election Commission will probe the matter and take "stringent action" both "legally and administratively". The CEC later said the tweet was incorrect as the actual date of counting was May 15 and not May 18.