After saying 'tie hands, legs of voters', Yeddyurappa clarifies statement
BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has issued a clarification about his controversial statement, where he asked people to bring non-voters to polling booths by tying their hands and legs to vote for Mahantesh Doddagoudar. He said he is from a village and this is how he speaks. Yeddyurappa's comment ahead of Karnataka elections had sparked a row. Congress slammed him for insulting democracy and intimidating voters.
Don't rest now. If you think that somebody isn't voting, go to their homes, tie up their hands legs bring them to vote in favour of Mahantesh Doddagoudar (BJP candidate from Kittur): BS Yeddyurappa, BJP CM candidate for #Karnataka in Belagavi pic.twitter.com/lrcZ1FiLkX— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2018
Congress was quick to take potshots at BJP, and the leader over his comment. "Mr. Yeddyurappa, insulting democracy and intimidating voters will trounce the BJP decisively," Surjewala tweeted. Later in the day, the presumptive CM of BJP took to micro-blogging website to tweet in Kannada, "I belong to a farmer-village background. This is how we villagers speak. It is not apparent to some people."