A day after Congress social media head and Karnataka leader Divya Spandana Ramya took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi wondering if he was on "pot", the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, too, has taken a jibe at the PM after his speech in Bengaluru where he highlighted the government's farmer priority and made a mention of the TOP (Tomato, Onion, Potato) initiative.
On Monday, Abdullah took to Twitter to take a ‘pot’shot at the Prime Minister. He tweeted, “I think I’ll have POT for lunch today. (sic)”
In his second tweet, Abdullah said, “I know the joke has been done to death since yesterday but it’s kind of like the gift that keeps on giving.”
On Sunday, while referring to PM Modi’s TOP (Tomato, Onion, Potato) remark in Bengaluru, Spandana had tweeted, “Is this what happens when you’re on POT? (sic)”
This tweet has invited a sharp response from the BJP who has called it atrocious and an "insult" to the masses.
Ramya’s swipe came following PM Modi’s comment in a rally in Karnataka during which he said farmers are his top priority and described TOP as tomato, onion and potato.
The BJP hit back at Ramya for her choice of words with party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao tweeting, "Most people of the country and our party members won’t even know what you are referring to (including PM himself) but your Leader will connect with it instantly. While you have insulted people of India with your atrocious comment, your leader will be proud of you!!"
BJP’s IT wing head Amit Malviya said more than 3,500 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka, the highest for any state in India, but "speaking for them is being on POT... Congress keeps it classy, again".
"Will Rahul Gandhi maintain silence on Divya Spandana’s comment while he sacked Mani Shankar Aiyar just because his jibe came close to Gujarat election and Karnataka is still some months away? Or sacrificing his close aide, responsible for his rise as a leader, takes some courage?" he asked in a tweet.
The Congress had suspended Aiyar from the party for his "neech" (lowly) jibe at Modi during the Gujarat Assembly polls.