Three days after he referred to BJP’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa as “corrupt”, BJP president Amit Shah said it was a slip of tongue.
Addressing party workers and supporters in Mysuru, Karnataka, during his two-day tour of the region on Friday, Shah said even though he made a mistake, the people of Karnataka would not.
“I had a slip of tongue while speaking in Chitradurga. I made a mistake but people of Karnataka will not make a mistake while electing new government,” he said at the Navashakti Samavesh in the city.
On 27 March, Shah was caught on camera accusing Yeddyurappa of corruption, before correcting himself and saying he meant Siddaramaiah.
“If there is a competition in corruption, then Yeddyurappa government will be called the number 1 in corruption,” he is heard saying while flanked by Yeddyurappa himself and another BJP leader, who is seen correcting the BJP president.
The video went viral and Congress leaders wasted no time in circulating it.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi sarcastically called it “a gift” from the BJP president, adding that the Congress campaign in Karnataka was “off to a fabulous start”.
Shah’s clarification comes at day after BJP MP Prahlad Joshi incorrectly translated Shah’s speech from Hindi to Kannada, saying Narendra Modi “will not do anything” for the poor and Dalits.
At Mysuru, Shah left no chance to attack Gandhi.
“Congress has lost all the elections since 2014 under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. It’s Karnataka’s turn now to elect BJP govt in the state,” he said.
Before his address, the BJP president visited the home of a slain party worker in Kyathamaranahalli area of the city. Condemning all incidents of violence against BJP-RSS karyakartas, Shah assured the families of all 24 victims that the culprits would not be spared at any cost once the BJP came to power.
Earlier in the day, Shah took the blessings of Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji of Sri Suttur Math in Mysuru.