Good you remembered me but follow Basavanna’s teachings: Siddaramaiah tells Modi      

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s remark came in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi hitting out at Congress in the Parliament for claiming credit to Jawaharlal Nehru for establishing democracy in the country.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2018 23:08 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Acknowledging Prime Minister Narendra Modi for remembering him and the 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara during his speech in Parliamenton Wednesday, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said Kannadigaswould 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.”

The tweet from the chief minister came in response to Modihitting out at Congress for claiming credit to Jawaharlal Nehru for establishing democracy in the country.

During his reply to the discussion on the motion of thanks to President for his address in Parliament on Wednesday, Modi reminded Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjuna Kharge that in the 12th century during Jagadguru Basaveshwara’s time, work had begun in this country to establish democracy.

“Kharge ji, you come from Karnataka, at the most youmay get a place to sit here by showing devotion towards onefamily after Karnataka elections, but don’t insult Jagadguru Basaveshwara,” he said.

“You should be knowing, you come from Karnataka thatit 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 presence of women in those meetings.

Also pointing out that Kharge had on Tuesday recited a couplet, Modi said he hoped that the Karnataka chief minister had heard the couplet that was recited.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 23:07 IST