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Karnataka elections: Yeddyurappa says tie hands, legs of non-voters, make them vote for BJP

The Congress party reacted to BS Yeddyurappa’s claim and said on Twitter a “defeatest BJP” was “threatening voters in frustration”.

india Updated: May 06, 2018 10:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Belagavi
BS Yeddyurappa releases the BJP's manifesto for the Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru.
BS Yeddyurappa releases the BJP's manifesto for the Karnataka assembly elections, in Bengaluru.(PTI File Photo)
         

Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief minister candidate BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday asked people to tie the hands and legs of non-voters in Karnataka and make them vote in favour of BJP, according to news agency ANI.

Addressing a public gathering in Belagavi, the former Karnataka chief minister said, “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.”

Doddagoudar is a BJP candidate from Kittur.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Sujrewala reacted to Yeddyurappa’s claim and said on Twitter a “defeatest BJP” was “threatening voters in frustration”.

Continuing his tirade against the Congress, Yeddyurappa also said at the rally that Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah will lose both in Badami and in Chamundeshwari.

“Siddaramaiah will lose in Chamundi. He will also lose in Badami against Sri Ramulu, Congress is now was sinking ship. That is why I am requesting you to vote in favour of the BJP,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have been campaigning in the state ahead of May 12 elections. On Saturday, PM Modi also mounted a scathing attack on the Congress over corruption, and asserted it will become “Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar” Congress after its defeat in the Karnataka Assembly polls.

Congress’ Siddaramaiah hit back with the PPP jibe, calling the BJP a “prison, price rise and pakoda” party.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: May 06, 2018 09:10 IST