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Cong leader sparks row by raking up PM Modi's "burn me alive"

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Former T B Friday sparked a row by raking up Prime Modi's statement during demonetisation that he would not get bogged down even if he was burnt alive for the decision, drawing the BJP's ire.

The dubbed the leader's remark "outrageous and despicable."

"The prime had sought 50 days time to set things right (after demonetisation). He had asked people to set him on fire alive if he failed to overcome this test ..probably the time has come to burn him alive," said Friday at Tumkuru.

He was taking part in a protest marking the second anniversary of demonetisation of high currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 two years ago.

Making an emotional appeal at a function in in November 2016, Modi had said there were certain forces up against him that may not let him live and destroy him due to his decision on demonetisation.

He had asserted that he would not get bogged down even if he was burnt alive.

The former minister said if the has any faith in democracy, he should step down immediately.

The BJP's unit B S Yeddyurappa condemned the statement, saying "This is absolutely an outrageous statement by any standard and by any parameter.

What is shocking is that such a despicable statement has come from Jayachandra, who had functioned as the law and parliamentary affairs minister of our state."

Yeddyurappa wanted to know if state unit endorsed Jayachandra's statement.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 20:35 IST