Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa appears to have landed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party chief Amit Shah in a deep embarrassment by appearing to reveal their plans to create war with Pakistan for votes.
Speaking to reporters in Karnataka’s Chitradurga, the former Karnataka chief minister said that the preemptive air strikes by the Indian Air Force will help his party, the BJP, win 22 out of 28 parliamentary seats in the state in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
“The atmosphere….day by day the wind is increasingly blowing in favour of BJP. Yesterday’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 was quoted by news agency PTI.
His comments came on a day Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by the Pakistani military after they downed one MiG 21. The same day, a military helicopter of the Indian Air Force had crashed, killing three IAF officers.
Yeddyurappa’s comments evoked angry reactions from the opposition parties with many concluding that he had given away Modi’s secret plans to start a war with Pakistan because of this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Even when our pilot is missing, everything — even national security — is seen through the lens of public relations and votes.
The BJP only knows the politics of distraction, lies, branding and marketing.
Those who worship power will only be consumed by it. #BringHimHome
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 28, 2019
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 28, 2019
44 Deaths. 22 Seats.
Yeddyurappa has announced what BJP ‘Mission 272’ is all about.
But credit to honest Yeddy for telling the truth. Modi-Shah want the same thing but say it in more diplomatic ways.
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) February 28, 2019
I’m waiting for BS Yeddyurappa to explain two things –
1. How can he so brazenly say that the IAF air-strike will win seats for the BJP in Karnataka?
2. How exactly did he arrive at the conclusion that it will be 22 seats?
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 28, 2019
BS Yeddyurappa is an idiot neither good for BJP not for country!!!!
— Amit Agrawal (@daksh666) February 28, 2019
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan too had hinted in his speech yesterday that he understood Modi’s compulsion for this year’s elections while denying any role of his country in the Pulwama attack. As expected, the Pakistani media moved in with lightning speed and carried his comments with prominence.
Faced with social media roasting, Yeddyurappa tweeted saying that his ‘statement is being reported out of context.’ Meanwhile, his party colleague and Union Minister VK Singh admonished him for his loose comments. He tweeted, “.@BSYBJP ji, I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation & ensure safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats.”