He said the proposal was sent to the central government in 2013 also, but was rejected. A Karnataka Congress leader had also tweeted the same thing. Former chief minister and state JD (S) chief H.D. Kumaraswamy and senior minister D.K. Shivakumar wield considerable influence in the region.
Shah is heard saying: "Then Yeddyurappaji says the BJP government does not help in the development of Karnataka".
"The Congress stands for corruption and violence", Shah said. Kumaraswamy also ruled out any alliance with Congress or BJP for the Karnataka polls. "He says Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt government ever", Gandhi said, posting a clip of Shah's faux pas. On his itinerary is a visit to Lingayat's Suttur Mutt, Mysuru, on Friday, which will be followed by a visit to Mysuru Palace where he will interact with the Royal family. A discussion was held with Dalit leaders of the district as well.
Shah also accused Siddaramaiah of playing with Karnataka's pride by not celebrating the "jayanti" of noted Kannada poet Kuvempu or renowned engineer Sir M Vishveswaraiah. "You will not remember Sir M Visvesvaraya, in your search for votes you will only remember Tipu Sultan", Shah said, as he mocked the Congress. On the other hand, BJP too welcomed poll dates and claimed that the party was a step closer to "Congress Mukth Bharat". On Thursday, while addressing a rally in Karnataka's Davanagere, Shah had said, "The Siddaramaiah government can't develop Karnataka". The 85-year-old Krishna, who has now joined the BJP, could be the key to BJP's success in the region.
Replying to the protesters demand to explain his stand on Hegde's remarks, Shah said neither he nor his party had anything to do with it.
The visit assumes significance as it comes in the backdrop of the Siddaramaiah government's move to recommend to the Centre to accord a religious minority tag to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats in an attempt to wean away a section of them from the BJP. "There can not be any space for violence in democracy". Why haven't you taken any action against your party man for such derogatory comments?
What's even funnier, is the fact that this happened while Yeddyurappa who is BJP's candidate for chief minister in the Karnataka Assembly elections, was seated next to him.
The model code of conduct would come into force immediately.
Earlier this week, Shah was left red faced when he caused a major embarrassment for himself and his party by accidentally blaming BS Yeddyurappa for being the number one in corruption. "Let us not speculate on what they have", Rawat said.
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