Tie Up Voters, Force Them To Vote For BJP, Says BS Yeddyurappa
Karnataka elections 2018: Sniffing defeat, BJP's CM candidate incites violence to prevent slide in party’s fortunes.
If BJP go on to lose the Karnataka elections, as many pundits feel they will, May 5 will probably go down as the day when they lost the plot completely. The BJP chief ministerial candidate, speaking at a campaign rally in Belgavi district on Saturday, let out an open threat. Tie the hands and legs of non-voters and bring them to the polling booth to get them to vote for BJP, BS Yeddyurappa said. The remark, while clearly inciting the hapless BJP-RSS cadre to use violent means for electoral gain, was more in keeping with the growing desperation in the BJP camp.
With the Congress campaign gaining in strength with every passing day courtesy of Chief Minister’s Siddaramaiah’s incisive leadership and president Rahul Gandhi’s relentless attacks on the Modi government, the BJP finds itself increasingly losing the battle on the ground and on social media.
Yeddyurappa made the criminal remarks while campaigning for BJP candidate Mahantesh Doddagoudar from Kittur. “Don’t rest now,” the tainted leader, who’s been accused of corruption during his time as the Chief Minister, instructed his supporters. “If you think that somebody isn’t voting, go to their homes, tie up their hands and legs and bring them to vote in favour of Mahantesh Doddagoudar,” ANI quoted him as saying.
Quite naturally, the Congress slammed the remarks. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “A defeatist BJP facing rejection at the hands of Kannadigas is threatening voters in frustration. Mr Yeddyurappa, insulting democracy and intimidating voters will trounce the BJP decisively.”
#BIGNEWS: @BSYBJP kicks up a row by saying that if people don’t vote for #BJP, their hands and legs should be tied up and should be brought to the polling booth. #KarnatakaKurukshetra @siddaramaiah #INC4Karnataka #divyaspandana #BJP4Karnataka pic.twitter.com/tqYKIECuNH
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Shivamogga on Saturday had said the Congress was using unparliamentary language against Yeddyurappa and exhorted people to “take revenge”. Given the language used by his CM candidate, it’s more likely that Karnataka will now take revenge against his own Party.