Prime News, National (New Delhi), February 28:- Union Minister Gen VK Singh today put out a sharp and public rebuke for his own party colleague, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, who has been widely condemned for saying that India’s air strikes on a terror camp in Pakistan on Tuesday will help the ruling party win many more seats in the national election due by May.
“I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation and ensure the safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats. This speech by Ataljihighlights our position,” tweeted VK Singh, posting a video of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an iconic BJP leader who died last year.
Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s top leader in Karnataka, has provoked criticism for his ill-considered comments to reporters on Wednesday.
“Day by day, the wind is increasingly blowing in favour of the BJP. Yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) action of destroying terror hideouts by entering inside Pakistan has resulted in a pro-Modi wave in the country, the results of which can be seen in coming Lok Sabha polls,” Yeddyurappa said.
“It has enthused youths; all this will help us in winning more than 22 Lok Sabha seats (in Karnataka),” the former chief minister added. The BJP has 16 parliamentary seats in Karnataka, the Congress 10 and Janata Dal-Secular two seats.
Yeddyurappa offered a clarification that hardly helped: “My statement is being reported out of context. I said that ‘situation favourable for BJP’, which I am saying for the last couple of months. This is not the first time that I said the BJP in Karnataka will win a minimum of 22 seats under the able leadership of Modiji.”
A day after the opposition alleged “blatant politicisation” of the sacrifices of the armed forces by the “leaders of the ruling party (BJP),” Mr Yeddyurappa’s remarks were seized by rivals.
“Dear (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Modiji/ (Arun) Jaitleyji, Any more questions on politicisation? Regards, 132 Crore Indians,” tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
“Shocking and shameful that in this time of grave national crisis, BJP Leader Yeddyurappa says air strikes will help BJP win 22 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. Will ruling party leaders stop thinking about their reelection plans and focus on the country for once,” said the CPM. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).