Dubbing Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy an "accidental CM", the opposition BJP on Saturday mocked at him for going abroad with his family to celebrate the New Year at a time when many parts of the state were reeling under drought.
"If there was a movie titled #AccidentalCM, who will play the role of @hd_kumaraswamy?," asked the party's state unit in a tweet.
The tweet was in response to a statement from the Chief Minister's office that Kumaraswamy was going abroad on late Friday night with family on a personal visit and would return to Bengaluru on January 1.
An official, however, told IANS that the Chief Minister flew to Singapore with his wife Anita and son Nikhil on a holiday, as "he has been going every year-end over the years".
"After the new government was formed (in May), 377 farmers have ended lives; 156 talukas (sub-districts) are declared drought-hit, (farm) loan waiver has not been done and Karnataka has slipped to a debt-ridden state... and here we have the so-called son of soil CM @hd_kumaraswamy celebrating new year in Singapore," said the party in another tweet.
A hung verdict in the May 12 assembly elections forced the Congress to forge an alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and form a coalition government on May 23 after the 3-day BJP government fell on May 19 due to lack of a majority.
It fell short of seven members for a simple majority (111) in the 224-member House, with two vacancies and one Speaker.
The BJP has coined the phrase 'Accidental CM' on the lines of a yet-to-be released Bollywood biopic 'Accidental PM' on the life of former UPA Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, played by Hindi popular star Anupem Kher.