Karnataka elections: Dinesh Gundu Rao 'regrets' remark on Yogi

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Addressing party workers in his constituency - Gandhinagar - in Bengaluru, Dinesh Gundu Rao asked people to beat up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with slippers.

Speaking at an event organised by Congress in Bengaluru to protest against Unnao and Kathua rape cases, Rao said that Adityanath is unfit to be a chief minister, according to a Deccan Herald report.

On April 8, a girl from Unnao alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplices in June, last year.

This content is restricted to site members. Congress State chief, in a rally, said that if Yogi comes in Karnataka, show him slippers.

"Dinesh Gundu Rao's choice of words to address Yogi Adityanath ji has appalled me. It's not #RamRajya but #RavanRajya under #BhogiAdityanath", he wrote.

The BJP came down heavily on these statements and chose to launch a state wide agitation against the comments.

DNA quoted Rao as saying that Adityanath was a "disgrace to Indian politics" and that if he had any "decency he should resign". Utter disrespect to a CM & a revered Natha family saint. "I sympathise with you and your party's culture", Yeddyurappa tweeted. "#apologisetoYogi." he wrote on Twitter while sharing the video in which Rao is seen making the remark. Gundu Rao's statements have infuriated the community since the Natha followers have a deeper connection with the Adichunchungiri mutt of the Vokkaligas.

BJP spokesperson Amit Malviya also took to Twitter to lash out at Rao. "This is an emotional and sensitive issue for me", said Dinesh Gundu Rao to ANI on his earlier remark on the UP CM. But with Siddaramaiah's war of words against his former mentor HD Deve Gowda, the resentment against the CM among this community has only swelled further.

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