After two election gaffes, now protests at Amit Shah’s Dalit interaction in Karnataka

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It seems nothing seems to be going right for BJP President Amit Shah in Karnataka during the saffron’s party’s ongoing election campaign.

Amit Shah
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Shah’s interaction with Dalits in Mysuru on Friday was marred by utter chaos and protests forcing the BJP President to distance his party from the statements made by his colleague Ananthkumar Hegde.

Angry Dalit leaders were protesting against Hegde’s remarks comparing Dalits and secularists to street dogs. Amidst continuous pandemonium, Shah was then forced to make a public statement distancing his party from the Hegde’s remarks.

Hegde had likened Dalits to dogs in January evoking angry reactions from the community leaders and members of the civil society. Actor Prakash Raj had said, “Enough is enough.???..Serial offender…minister Ananthkumar Hegde at it again….he calls Dalits DOGs ..for protesting against his controversial constitution remark… supreme leaders of #bjp will you ask him to step down …or do you endorse his abuse #justasking”

Friday’s chaos at Shah’s election event follows two embarrassing events that left the BJP president red-faced within a span of one week. On Thursday, while addressing a rally in Karnataka’s Davanagere, Shah had said, “The Siddaramaiah government can’t develop Karnataka. You trust on Mr Modi and vote for Yedyurappa. We will make Karnataka the country’s number one state.”

However, the translator, none other than BJP MP Prahalad Joshi, told the audience in Kannada, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not do anything for poor, Dalits and the underprivileged. He will destroy the nation. Please vote for him.”

Earlier this week, Shah was left red faced when he caused a major embarrassment for himself and his party by accidentally blaming BS Yeddyurappa for being the number one in corruption.

Speaking to reporters in Davanagere in Karnataka, Shah said, “A former Supreme Court judge recently said that Yeddyurappa government should get the number one award for corruption.” He was quickly corrected by one of his party colleagues, sitting next to him. This prompted Shah to then say ‘Siddaramaiah government.’

Earlier this week, Shah was left red faced when he caused a major embarrassment for himself and his party by accidentally blaming BS Yeddyurappa for being the number one in corruption.

Speaking to reporters in Davanagere in Karnataka, Shah said, “A former Supreme Court judge recently said that Yeddyurappa government should get the number one award for corruption.” He was quickly corrected by one of his party colleagues, sitting next to him. This prompted Shah to then say ‘Siddaramaiah government.’

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