Tie-up peoples’ hand and legs, bring them to vote for BJP: Yeddyurappa
Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa stoked a controversy on Saturday when he asked party workers to tie-up non voters and get them to cast their ballot for saffron party’s candidates in the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections.
The former Karnataka chief minister made the controversial remark while addressing an election rally in Belagavi district.
“Don’t rest now. 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.
Mahantesh Basavantrai Doddagoudar is the BJP candidate from the Kittur constituency.
Reacting to Yeddyurappa’s remarks, the Congress accused the veteran BJP leader of threatening voters.
“A defeatist BJP facing rejection at the hands of Kannadigas is threatening voters in frustration. Mr Yeddyurappa, insulting democracy andintimidating voters will trounce the BJP decisively,” tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
Yeddyurappa later clarified that his remarks had been misunderstood. Repeating the phrase, he clarified that it means holding people’s legs and hands to compel people to vote.
“I belong to a farmer-village background. This is how we villagers speak. It is not apparent to some people,” he said, responding to a tweet in English from the Karnataka Congress that counted his statement as a threat.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put up a strong defence for Yeddyurappa and attacked the Congress for using foul language against the BJP leader and levelling baseless allegations.
“Yeddyurappa Ji visited homes of poor and Congress mocked that too. This is an insult of the poor and cannot be tolerated,” PM Modi said at a rally in Shivamogga yesterday.