BS Yeddyurappa says the Airforce strikes will help BJP win 22 seats in Karnataka

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said the India’s air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group inside Pakistan will prove to be a decisive factor for the BJP’s victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking to reporters prior to attending a meet of the BJP party workers in Davangere and Chitradurga, Yeddyurappa said, “The assault on Pakistan will prove to be decisive for our victory across the country with the Modi wave catching fervour among the youngsters celebrating the attack on the neighboring state and avenging the 44 CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama. I am certain that in Karnataka also we will be able to pull off at least 22 seats after yesterday’s attack and today morning’s effort in bringing down the Pakistan airplane at the border.”

“The atmosphere….day by day, the wind is increasingly blowing in favour of the BJP. Yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) action of destroying terror hideouts by entering inside Pakistan has resulted in a pro-Modi wave in the country, the results of which can be seen in coming Lok Sabha polls,” Mr Yeddyurappa said in Chitradurga.

Yeddyurappa’s remarks came in for sharp criticism from Congress leaders, who took to Twitter to condemn the statement. Congress’s Karnataka unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao said the BJP leader’s statement was disgusting. “Most disgusting shameful irresponsible statement made by ⁦@BSYBJP⁩. Using the #J&K situation for political benefit. Is winning elections becoming the criteria for BJP & not the security of India. Is going to war a electoral strategy for the BJP,” he tweeted.

Siddaramaiah, former chief minister and chairman of the coordination committee of the Congress and Janata Dal(Secular) alliance that is in power in the state, also condemned the remarks. “I condemn the [Yeddyurappa’s] statement, where he has used the martyrdom of our soldiers to dream of electoral gains, that reeks of political greed. The tears of the soldiers’ families have not dried up and already [there are] calculations on the number of seats! Disgusting.”

Yeddyurappa, however later tried to clarify himself on the statement, saying that he is being quoted out of context. “My statement is being reported out of context. I said that ‘situation favourable for BJP’ which i am saying for last couple of months. This is not first time that i said BJP in Karnataka will win minimum 22 seats under the able leadership of Modi ji,” he said.