As the political slugfest between the Congress and BJP intensifies with the announcement of poll dates, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the saffron party will get “clear majority” in the crucial southern state.
Talking to media persons outside Parliament House, Rajnath said: “BJP will get clear majority in the upcoming elections in Karnataka. No divisive politics will work this time.”
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader’s comments come in the wake of gaffes committed by party chief Amit Shah and IT cell head Amit Malviya giving the opposition ammo to launch a scathing attack.
While, Malviya revealed the date of Karnataka assembly poll on Twitter, 15 minutes before the official announcement came from the EC, Shah, in a slip of tongue said the government led by BS Yeddyurappa — the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka – was the most corrupt.
A BJP delegation led by senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Election Commission (EC) officials here after opposition parties slammed the ruling BJP government at the Centre accusing it of dictating terms to the poll panel.
Shah in a press conference embarrassed his state president Yeddyurappa with his slip of the tongue.
While leveling allegations against the Siddaramaiah government, Shah inadvertently said: “Recently a retired Supreme Court judge said if there was ever a competition of the most corrupt government then the Yeddyurappa government is number one…” shocking Yeddyurappa and the BJP leadership.
Siddaramaiah pounced at the opportunity to further humiliate Yeddyurappa and Shah.