Former Karnataka chief minister and veteran BJP leader, BS Yeddyurappa, has landed himself in a spot of bother after a Dalit youth filed a police complaint against him for practising untouchability.
In his complaint, Venkatesh D alleged that, during his visit to Chitradurga district on Friday, Yeddyurappa had visited a Dalit family in Kelakote, where he had breakfast.
Venkatesh said that the Idli consumed by the former chief minister and other BJP functionaries were not prepared by the Dalit family adding that it was ordered from a hotel.
Venkatesh has also lodged a complaint with the Home Minister G Parameshwara who visited the family the family on Saturday.
The complainant said that Yeddyurappa’s action amounted to discrimination and untouchability.
Also accompanying Yeddyurappa in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district was KS Eshwarappa, Ananth Kumar.
Reacting to the news, the JDS’s state president, H D Kumaraswamy, had said, “Why did Yeddyurappa not eat the pulao prepared in their home?”
The incident has left the BJP red-faced given that the state goes for polls in less than a year’s time.
“The complaint is politically motivated and lodged by those who have been shaken by the dalit outreach programme.Their frustration is palpable,” Times of India quoted a BJP spokesperson.
However, said BJP’s Suresh Kumar had a better justification on why Yeddyurappa ate hotel food at the Dalit family’s house.
He told NDTV, “Yeddyurappa and party workers had gone to a Dalit house. There, food was cooked and served. As food ran out, some food was obtained from outside. We cannot say what items were prepared and who ate what, but the best proof is from the family itself which says they served Yeddyurappa the food they cooked and that it was a happy occasion.”
As for Yedyurappa, he demanded apology from both the JDS and Congress for ‘disrespecting’ the Dalit family.
He said, “All the leaders who raised the issue must apologise to Dalits at whose homes I had breakfast.”