Prime News, National, Karnataka, Elections, Politics, Vijayapura, October 21:- Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa distanced himself from Bharatiya Janata Party state president Nalin Kumar Kateel’s “drug addict” remark on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and said such statements should not be made.
Talking to reporters in Vijayapura district’s Sindagi where Yediyurappa went to campaign for the BJP candidate for the forthcoming Assembly by-polls, he said, “No one should speak like that. I will talk to him to know what the background was behind such a statement. There was no need to speak that way.”
Kateel on Tuesday (October 19) had made controversial remarks on the former Congress chief. Addressing a gathering of BJP workers, as per ANI, he had said, “Rahul Gandhi says he will become president. Tell me what Rahul Gandhi is? Rahul Gandhi is a drug addict and drug peddler. I do not say this, it has appeared in news reports. They are unable to run the Congress party. Those who cannot run a party, how can they run this country?”
Drawing flak from Congress over the statement, the grand old party demanded an apology and resignation of Kateel on the issue.
The development comes ahead of the by-polls to two constituencies, Sindagi and Hangal in Karnataka on October 30.
Meanwhile, Yediyurappa slammed Congress leader H D Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah for criticising RSS during the election campaign and said, “Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah are unnecessarily dragging the RSS name into the election campaign but they will gain nothing by bringing RSS name, people will give them a proper answer in the by-polls.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)