With Karnataka Assembly elections only a few days away, political parties are leaving no chance to point fingers at each other. Amidst the blame game, Bharatiya Janta Party has come on twitteratti’s radar yet again. BJP’s advertisement in Deccan Chronicle, an English Daily dated 20 April, has come under scrutiny this time.
In the advertisement, BJP is taking on Congress, which is currently in power; callung Karnataka government as insensitive over “rapes, murders and lawlessness”. The advertisement featured the images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP supremo Amit Shah and the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.
Earlier, at the ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme in London, PM Modi had said, “A rape is a rape. How can we tolerate this exploitation of our daughters? But can we compare the number of rapes in different governments? We can’t say there were this many rapes in our government and that many in yours. There cannot be a worse way to deal with this issue.”
The statement made by the PM while he was condemning the recent rape incidents of Kathua, Unnao and Surat contradicts with the advertisement in poll bound Karnataka.
BJP and the Prime Minister are now being trolled all over the social media for hypocrisy.
Don't politicise rape because you've to be good patriots in 2018, but I shamelessly politicized Nirbhaya because you were anyway idiots before 2014 pic.twitter.com/nBEOoBp9oM
— Paresh (@hi_paresh) April 19, 2018
‘Rape is Rape, Don’t Politicise the Cases’: PM Modi in London
But apparently, Rape can be politicised in #Karnataka.
~ When has our PM ever walked the talk or practiced what he preached ? ? pic.twitter.com/eqcwqZ7fio
— Saral Patel (@SaralPatel) April 20, 2018
"Don't politicise rape": Modi in UK
It is BJP which used rape as political tool in JK
to drive out Muslims from Kathua.
— Arunan Kathiresan (@ArunanKathires1) April 19, 2018
@narendramodi ji says don't politicise rape issue, how can he expect others to take him seriously when his own party don't listen to him.
— Pankaj Sharma (@pankaj636363) April 21, 2018
Ahead of the state assembly elections that will happen on 12 May 2018, similar advertisements of the BJP carrying the tagline “Vote for BJP, Vote for change” have been regularly appearing in several prominent newspapers in Karnataka.