Bengaluru: The state BJP on Thursday responded sharply to CM H.D. Kumaraswamy's recent criticism of the people for backing BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
Referring to Mr Kumaraswamy's comment during his village stay in Raichuru district on Wednesday that the people voted for PM Modi in the poll, but came to him to get their work done, senior BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa shot back that they only approached him because he was CM.
“They are going to meet him as he is the CM of the state. If he was not, why would they?” he said. Addressing Mr Kumaraswamy, he added, “Your attitude of condemning the people for voting for Mr Modi is not acceptable. If you are not able to solve the people's problems, then resign and go. You have no right to question the decision of those,who voted for the Prime Minister in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections.” Former minister and Honnali BJP MLA, M.P. Renukacharaya called Mr. Kumaraswamy arrogant and condemned his ordering the police to lathicharge the agitators, who accosted him during his village stay.
He also demanded that the Chief Minister apologise to the people for his statement.
BJP general secretary N. Ravikumar said CM was questioning the democratic right of the people who voted for BJP. “Being CM, Mr Kumaraswamy should respect the mandate, instead of criticising the people and ordering a lathicharge,” he said....