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Congress MLA Priyank Kharge Takes a Dig at Home Minister Amit Shah; BJP Hits Back

Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyruppa condemned Congress MLA Priyank Kharge's statement and went on to blame him for his father Mallikarjun Kharge' defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.

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Updated:June 1, 2019, 10:52 PM IST
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Congress MLA Priyank Kharge Takes a Dig at Home Minister Amit Shah; BJP Hits Back
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Bengaluru: Hours before Amit Shah officially took charge as a cabinet minister, Congress MLA from Chittapur Priyank Kharge took a jibe at him and said that the Ministry of Home Affairs should now be renamed as the "ministry of providing clean chits".

In a sarcastic tweet, Kharge said, "Now that we have a new Home Minister, I think it is better to rename the Ministry of Home Affairs as Ministry of Providing Clean Chits."

State BJP President BS Yeddyruppa condemned the statement and blamed the Karnataka MLA for his father Mallikarjun Kharge's defeat.​ "Because of Priyank, Mallikarjun Kharge lost at least 1 lakh votes. He is speaking nonsense without any bases," said Yeddyurappa.

Newly-inducted minister of chemicals and fertilisers and Karnataka MP DV Sadanand Gowda also took to Twitter to criticise Kharge's tweet. Gowda used puns, metaphors and a Kannada idiom to hit back. The tweet roughly translates to, "Dear Priyank Kharge, you should stop showing your hand to astrologers for them to tell you that you have bad fortune. Your party symbol is a 'hand' and just 10 days ago people of the country have showed you your fate. First, set things right in your own home before correcting others."

Shah, who took charge of the sensitive ministry on Saturday evening, said the country's security and welfare of the people are the key priorities of the Modi government.

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