K’taka Min­is­ter Uses Ex­ple­tive Against Modi

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Ben­galuru | New Delhi: Af­ter Digvi­jaya Singh and Man­ish Te­wari’s shock­ing tweets last month tar­get­ing the Prime Min­is­ter, another Congress leader, Kar­nataka min­is­ter R Roshan Baig, was found us­ing un­par­lia­men­tary lan­guage against Naren­dra Modi.

Baig was at the cen­tre of a con­tro­versy on Fri­day af­ter a video emerged show­ing him hurl­ing a Tamil ex­ple­tive at the PM. His com­ments trig­gered an an­gry re­ac­tion from BJP. Re­fer­ring to the “trou­bles faced by the poor due to de­mon­eti­sa­tion”, Baig, at a party meet­ing in his con­stituency Shiva­ji­na­gar on Oc­to­ber 3, made a ca­sual deroga­tory ref­er­ence to the PM with­out nam­ing him. He con­trasts this with the “good schemes”of Sid­dara­ma­iah,suchasAnna Bhagya and Ksheera Bhagya. He also says, in another slangy Tamil ref­er­ence, that the PM “bluffs” in his AIR show, ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Later in the speech, of which a vis­ual clip­ping has been cir­cu­lated among the me­dia, Baig talks of BJP state pres­i­dent BS Yed­dyu­rappa too. He says: “Sid­dara­ma­iah has im­ple­mented projects as CM. But Yed­dyu­rappa, when he was CM, only looked at Shobha.” A fu­ri­ous Yed­dyu­rappa has slammed Baig’s speech and de­manded his ouster from the Cab­i­net. He made no ref­er­ences to Baig’s slur against him, but said the re­marks against the PM were “nasty and deroga­tory by all stan­dards and an in­sult not only to the PM but to 125 crore In­di­ans.” BJP na­tional spokesper­son GVL Narasimha Rao told ET: “The filthy com­ment re­flects the crass cul­ture of Congress and shows the frus­tra­tion of Congress lead­ers in Kar­nataka about their im­pend­ing de­feat in the next as­sem­bly elec­tions.”

Af­ter all-round con­dem­na­tion Baig has ex­pressed re­gret for hurt­ing sen­ti­ment, adding that he only knew “tooti-phooti” Tamil. “I have the high­est re­spect and re­gards for the PM. He is not a BJP PM, he is the PM of the na­tion. I don’t know Tamil prop­erly and I just quoted what peo­ple and traders said af­ter GST and de­mon­eti­sa­tion.”

Kar­nataka min­is­ter R Roshan Baig

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