Won’t give tickets to Muslim as they don’t trust us: K’taka BJP leader
Koppal: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, BJP leader and
former deputy chief minister of Karnataka KS Eshwarappa caught himself in a
controversy for slamming the oppositions and the Muslims for not trusting in
While addressing members of Kuruba and minority communities
in Koppal, KS Eshwarappa said, “Congress uses you only as a vote bank, doesn’t
give you a ticket. We won’t give Muslims tickets because you don’t believe in
us. Believe us and we’ll give you tickets and other things.”
Karnataka will go to the polls for 14 seats on April 18, and
the other 14 on April 23.
Eshwarappa, 70, who is a member of the Kuruba backward
caste, is also known for making controversial and sexist statements in the past
In January this year, Eshwarappa claimed that the former
chief minister Siddaramaiah had gone ‘pagal’ (crazy) after losing his chief
ministerial position and therefore, resorted to attacking BS Yeddyurappa.
Eshwarappa told ANI, “Congress has no plans for development
in Karnataka. Gradually 20 to 25 MLAs will leave Congress. Siddaramaiah lost
the CM post. Since then, he has become like a ‘pagal’. That is why he is
targeting BS Yeddyurappa.”
Earlier, in last year, he alleged that Muslims who have
killed 22 RSS and BJP activists are with the Congress and those who are good
Muslims are with the BJP.
Around the same time, Eshwarappa had also landed in another
controversy when he had asked if the then chief minister Siddaramaiah and home
minister KJ George will have “feelings” for survivors of sexual
assault only if their daughters were “raped”.