Bengaluru: A day after using derogatory words against Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, which snowballed into a controversy, KPCC Working President Mr Dinesh Gundurao reluctantly regretted the words he used against Mr Adithyanath.
The issue took a different turn with the BJP charging that Mr Rao had insulted ‘Nath’ cult followers, who are present in large numbers in Karnataka, including Vokkaligas. Expressing his regret, Mr Gundurao still questioned the Adithyanath government’s performance and said “The father of the Unnao victim has died, the girl is threatening to immolate herself. What kind of governance is this? I, however, regret the kind of words I used against him (Adithyanath). This is an emotional and sensitive issue for me.”'
Describing Rao's statement as 'appalling', BJP State President Mr B.S. Yeddyurappa gave the row a new twist saying the Congress will have to face the consequences for disrespecting a 'saint'.
"Dinesh Gundurao's choice of words to address Yogi Adityanath ji has appalled me. Utter disrespect for a CM and a revered Natha family saint. The millions of Natha Panth followers in Karnataka will never forgive him,” he said.
In an action filled day, the BJP staged a protest near Maurya Hotel and later the youth wing of the BJP sent a parcel of toiletries like toothpaste and brush to Mr Gundurao. BJP MP Mr P.C. Mohan sought the resignation of Mr Gundurao from his party position for insulting saints in the country.
Reminding him that he was son of a former CM, Udupi MP Shobha Karandlaje said Mr Gundurao should be sacked just like former Union minister Manishankar Iyer was, for making derogatory remarks against PM Narendra Modi.