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Siddaramaiah vs BJP: Twitter is the new battleground for Karnataka 2018

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Siddaramaiah and the BJP’s state unit handle are the frontrunners for the online chapter of this ‘Game of Thrones’.

New Delhi: There are the political rallies, of course, but a very interesting round in the ongoing Karnataka assembly election campaign seems to be playing out on social media. The main players (surprise, surprise) are the Congress and the BJP.

Friday morning, Congress’ Siddaramaiah put up a surprisingly quick, tongue-in-cheek reply to PM Narendra Modi’s attack on the party. At a rally, the PM had said that wherever Congress was in power, “only their leaders and relatives are happy”. In reply, Siddaramaiah reminded Modi about Amit Shah’s son facing allegations of wrongdoing.

A subsequent message targeted Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who was in Karnataka to campaign for the BJP, over his absence in his home state to handle the aftermath of the recent deadly dust storms.

However, the tweet that really took the cake was his “counter-challenge” to PM Modi, who had recently dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to make a 15-minute address in a language of his choice “without reading from a paper”.

If you go through Siddaramaiah’s Twitter account, it’s evident that he (or rather, his social media team) has been using Twitter to come up with snappy tweets to hit back at critics.

In April, when the BJP’s P. Muralidhar Rao took to Twitter to target Siddaramaiah with a post in Hindi, the latter replied by asking Rao to tweet in Kannada or English as he did not “understand” Hindi.

Since we all love a good Twitter battle, we went ahead and picked some of Siddaramaiah’s tweets that made us laugh. They rank right among the incredibly sarcastic and witty tweets that make us love Twitter.

However, the chief minister is not alone in this social media back-and-forth.

BJP Karnataka’s Twitter handle is playing the game with equal fervour: From addressing Siddaramaiah as “Siddu” as he is known in the local media to using memes as their method of attack, their tweets are uproariously funny, as well as terrifyingly passive-aggressive.

The handle has attacked everyone, from the Congress as a whole, to their manifesto, their leaders, their promises and, last but not the least, their president.

Since it’s almost time for the Karnataka election, chief minister Siddaramaiah is their latest target, and the handle has produced gems such as:

However, time and again, they return to target of choice, Rahul, attacking not only his position as party president, but also his intelligence and experience, going as far as referring to him as an “intern”.

Our favourite tweet from all of these gems? It’s about another game of thrones, altogether.

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