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Karnataka Elections 2018: BJP to send toothbrush, toothpaste to Cong leader for ‘apavitra’ remark on Yogi

The mood in the state is politically-charged ahead of the assembly polls scheduled to be held on May 12.

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Enraged over Congress Karnataka unit’s working president Dinesh Gundu Rao’s comments where he asked people to beat Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with slippers whenever he came to the state, BJP’s Yuva Morcha has planned to courier toothpaste and toothbrushes to him to ‘clean his mouth’.

The mood in the state is politically-charged ahead of the assembly polls scheduled to be held on May 12.

Rao was at a candlelight march last week to show solidarity with the victims of rapes in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu & Kashmir’s Kathua districts where he made the aforesaid comments against the UP CM.

“Such false people who call themselves Yogi, but only do other kinds of things and don’t take action, if they come to Karnataka, they make this state “apavitra” (impure),” Rao had said.

The comment drew angry response from the BJP.

Rao, however, expressed his ‘regret’ over the remark later.

“It was an emotional outburst in a speech on the plight of the raped victims and the complete apathy by Adityanath government. I regret if it’s offensive but the abuse of law in UP is a serious issue.”

However, BJP Yuva Morcha was still furious on his remarks. “We will still send him the toothpaste and toothbrush, so that he can clean his mouth,” Bengaluru city BJP Yuva Morcha president Sapthagiri Gowda told The Economic Times.

Miffed with Rao’s comments, the BJP Karnataka wing stated in a series of tweets, “there were 3857 rapes in Karnataka under Siddaramaiah. Going by the same logic, what Siddu must be beaten with Mr Dinesh Gundu Rao?”

The state unit of BJP also targeted Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah asking why they did not condemn his remarks.

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The tweet read, ‘The silence of Gandhi and Siddaramaiah “means that they endorse Rao's comment’.

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First Published on Apr 16, 2018 10:16 am
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