Amit Shah Says Yeddyurappa Government Should Get Award For Being ‘Most Corrupt’
Shah was addressing a press conference in Davanagere, Karnataka when the slip-up happened
In an embarrassing foot-in-the-mouth moment for him, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah accidentally said that the Yeddyurappa government should get an award for being the most corrupt one.
Moments after the gaffe happened, Congress supporters had started sharing the video on social media.
Shah was addressing a press conference in Davanagere, Karnataka when the slip-up happened. To “A retired Supreme Court judge recently said that if there was ever a competition of the most corrupt government then the Yeddyurappa government is number one…,” said Shah, before being corrected by an aide to his left, after which he mentioned Congress CM Siddaramaiah’s name.
To Shah’s right was the former Chief Minister of Karnataka and the state President of the BJP, B.S. Yeddyurappa himself, who didn’t look best pleased. The 75-year-old is the Chief Ministerial candidate for the BJP in the upcoming polls.
Here is a video of the incident.
Freudian slip ???? pic.twitter.com/CkE7OHv54E
— Hasiba (@HasibaAmin) March 27, 2018
Here is a video of Shah’s entire press conference.
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 27, 2018
Congress spokesperson Divya Spandana put out an older video in another tweet, suggesting that all had not been well on the Yeddyurappa-Shah front.
This isn’t the first time btw- what exactly are Amit Shah’s feelings towards yedyurappa? All’s not good in the hood- pic.twitter.com/cVzGtsOIz3
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) March 27, 2018
Yeddyurappa had to stepdown as Chief Minister of Karnataka three years into his earlier stint which began in 2008 due to allegations of corruption levelled by Lokayukta Santosh Hegde. In 2016, Yeddyurappa’s name was cleared in the case where he was alleged to have received close to Rs 40 crore in kickbacks.
Shah’s remarks came barely hours after the BJP’s Amit Malviya found himself in a soup for tweeting out dates for the Karnataka polls even before the Election Commission. The present term of the 224-member assembly comes to an end on May 28 this year.
In the midst of the controversy, the Election Commission announced that Karnataka would go in for a single phase of polling on May 12, followed by counting on May 15.