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It’s Raining Bloopers. Now, BJP IT Head Refers To Ex-CM S Nijalingappa, A Lingayat, As ‘Dalit’ Leader

Stop tweeting WhatsApp forwards, Google your facts, say Twitter users.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya, who gained infamy for tweeting the Karnataka poll dates even before the Election Commission could, suffered more social media humiliation on Monday for referring to former Chief Minister of then Mysore state S Nijalingappa as a ‘Dalit’ leader.   

“Prime Minister Modi is tearing into Congress’s fake love for Dalits. He mentioned how Nehru-Gandhi parivaar treated tall Dalit leaders like Dr Ambedkar and Shri Ninjalingappa. How NDA made Ramnath Kovind ji, from a poor Dalit family, the President of India. #KarnatakaTrustsModi,” Malviya tweeted.

Malviya couldn’t have been more wrong as his followers soon discovered. Nijalingappa was a Lingayat and not a Dalit, more knowledgeable Twitter users said correcting the BJP IT head.    

“BJP IT Head doesn’t even know that Shri Nijalingappa was a Lingayat and not a Dalit. This itself shows that they twist history to suit their party’s narrative. Shame on BJP,” tweeted @srivatsayb.

Environmentalist Srujana Deva suggested Malviya is better off doing a Google search before making such statements. “Ninja what? You’re the IT cell head of ‘party with difference’? Just a Google search would’ve helped you instead of a WhatsApp forward. Don’t trust everything you receive on WhatsApp, Mr Amit,” he tweeted.

A post by another Twitter user read, “Does RSS recruit dim wits or make them dim wits after recruiting. What is the serious talent deficit in the RW [right-wing] ecosystem? Guys like Khattar, Biplab, Yogi r made CM.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slammed the Congress for ignoring the interests of Dalits during his Karnataka campaign on Sunday.

Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa was a senior Congress politician and the Chief Minister of Karnataka (then Mysore State) between 1956 and 1958. He was also CM between 1962 and 1968. He played an important role in the Indian freedom movement. As Nijalingappa played a pivotal role towards the unification of Karnataka, he was chosen as the first chief minister of the unified State.

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