Former CMs spar on Twitter over ‘horse trading’ remark


Two former Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and D.V. Sadananda Gowda continued their spat on Twitter on Monday over the horse trading remark made by the former on Sunday.

Mr. Siddaramaiah’s tweet accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of indulging in horse trading had received a sharp response from Mr. Gowda, who said the former was trying to cover up his party’s shortcomings. “A person who cannot mount the horse is neither brave nor a hero,” Mr. Gowda had tweeted, taking a dig at Mr. Siddaramaiah.

However, it was Mr. Siddaramaiah’s turn on Monday. In response, he mocked at Mr. Gowda for having run away from the Chief Minister’s post in 11 months.

Before a series of tweets in response to Mr. Siddaramaiah’s remarks, Mr. Gowda asked: “When did you become impatient about your politics being criticised? Is it the effect of your loss in Chamundeshwari or a reflection of your mind after losing the Chief Minister’s chair?”

Later, the Union Minister said that the current politics of accusing others was an old strategy. “Just reminding you of the last seven months’ political developments....Congress won 78 seats and you lost in Chamundeshwari while winning in Badami by a margin of a few votes. You are not the Chief Minister now and Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister because of the high command and not you. Currently, your designation is limited to coordination committee, that is if it exists. Tell publicly if you have found an Opposition leader’s position within the ruling party.”

In his response, Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted: “Why was the Chief Minister post taken away from you? Why was Railway ministry taken away from you? In another year, why was Law ministry taken away from you? Why did you shift to Udupi-Chikkamagaluru from your home town Puttur and later come to Bengaluru? Why did you not mount the horse that was offered to you?”

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