Bengaluru, March 27 : In an embarrassing goof-up in poll-bound Kartaka, BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt government in the country.
“Recently, a retired Supreme Court judge said if there was ever a competition for the most corrupt government, then the Yeddyurappa government is number one,” Shah told the media with Yeddyurappa sitting next to him.
The former Chief Minister, who was rattled, leaned over to Shah in a bid to correct him. Another BJP leader nudged the party President to make him realize that he had made a blunder.
Shah corrected himself, went on a damage control and said he meant that Congress government of Chief Minister “Siddaramaiah would come first in a competition for the most corrupt government”.
Shah said the BJP government at the Centre had done a lot to develop Kartaka.
“Siddaramaiah asks what has the Modi government done for Kartaka. I would like to remind that when there was the 13th Fince Commission during UPA regime, funds worth Rs 88,583 core were allocated for the state of Kartaka.
“But when the 14th fince commission was implemented after the BJP came to power at the Centre, funds for Kartaka were increased to Rs 2,19,506 crore.”
But by this time the damage was done. Congress leaders latched on to it and had a field day on social media networks.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Now that the BJP IT cell has announced Kartaka elections, time for a sneak preview of our top secret campaign video!
“Gifted to us by the BJP President, our campaign in Kartaka is off to a fabulous start. He says Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt Government ever,” Gandhi said, posting a clip of Shah’s faux pas.
Siddaramaiah also tweeted to Shah that the “Shah filly speaks truth. Thank you @AmitShah”.