Beef Politics in Karnataka; After BJP gave Siddaramaiah’s Biryani recipe, Congress mocks ‘Beef Janata Party’
New Delhi, Jan 22: The Karnataka assembly polls are on doorsteps, and both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP parties in the state have gone on an all-out beef focused social media war with each other.
In its latest video, the state’s ruling Congress party has mocked BJP by calling it “Beef Janata Party” while poking fun at what it called “hypocrisy” on the beef ban issue.
Parrikar wants to import it, Yogi wants to export it, Rijiju wants to eat it, Som wants to sell it.
Do not mix Beef and Business. Mixing Beef and Politics, a definite YES!
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) January 21, 2018
This came after the saffron party came out with a ‘recipe’ for “Siddu beef biryani”.
Siddaramaiah led Congress govt has been the most anti-Hindu Govt in the history of K’taka. CM himself has repeatedly boasted of his anti-Hindu image. But of late, he has been trying hard to prove his Hindu credentials. But it is too late Mr. CM . Start packing your bags! pic.twitter.com/vdT9BTfVcL
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) January 18, 2018
The online video duel with dripping sarcasm began with Congress posting a tweet titled ‘recipe for a BJP star campaigner,’ targeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
All this social media war came soon after the Twitter war between Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Adityanath, mocking each other on the development agenda during the latter’s campaign in Karnataka, which has gone viral on the internet.
The video with a caricature of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in a hot pan titling “recipe for a BJP star campaigner” included ingredients like criminal records, saffron dye, crocodile tears, homophobia, misogyny, zero attention to development, simmer on communal flame and bringing to a boil, garnish with ignorance, and serve with hate in Karnataka.
As the Congress’ video jibe at BJP and Adityanath went viral, BJP hit back with a video attacking Siddaramaiah led government of being “anti-Hindu.”
The video titled “Gundu Rao Military Hotel” with caricatures of Siddaramaiah, party working President Dinesh Gundu Rao and Social Media in-charge Ramya said the recipe for “Siddu beef biryani” include stolen rice from ‘Anna Bagya’ scheme, cow meat from illegal slaughter house and Hindu blood (citing alleged murders of Hindu activists), among others.
Commenting on the video, a young BJP leader had told reporters that, “We chose to give them (Congress) a taste of their own medicine.”
The saffron party recently also tweeted a video, alleging that Karnataka under Siddaramaiah has become a killing yard for farmers and the state has recorded the highest number of farmer deaths.
The video that begins with Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about the uplift of farmers and the agrarian sector, highlighted farmer suicides under the Congress regime in Karnataka, citing various newspaper articles.
It also accused state government of not implementing Central government schemes like ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojna’ and questions whether they did so as the scheme was froma Prime Minister who belonged to BJP.
Responding to BJP’s attack,Congress fired a fresh salvo on Saturday tweeting a video in which it called BJP ‘Beef Janata Party’ and accused it of “hypocrisy” on the beef ban issue.
“Parrikar wants to import it, Yogi wants to export it, Rijiju wants to eat it, Som wants to sell it.
Do not mix Beef and Business. Mixing Beef and Politics, a definite YES! Enough of your hypocrisy @BJP4India,” the tweet along with the video showcasing reported comments by various BJP leaders on theissue, said.
The duel between both parties is seen as a bid to conquer social media space and maintain their dominance overit in the run-up to the polls early this year.
According to sources,the video battle between both parties is set to intensify in the days to come,with dedicated digital communications teams being set up for the purpose.
(With Agency inputs)