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Karnataka Cong working prez asks people to hit UP CM with slippers; later terms it 'emotional outburst'

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The political discourse in poll-bound touched a new low with working calling upon the people to hit with slippers whenever he came to the state.

Rao made the controversial remarks at a candle march organised by the Pradesh here to show solidarity with the victims of rape in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

The comments drew an angry response from the BJP which termed them "heinous" and accused the ruling of instigating violence.

As his comments stoked a major political row, Rao said it was an "emotional outburst" and "all I said was just show him (Yogi Adityanath) slippers".

He said he regretted his remarks if they were offensive.

At the protest meet last night, Rao had said, This man from who comes to to deliver lectures is not a yogi. He is a hypocrite, a liar and a thug. He should not be allowed to enter Karnataka..."

"... In case No, there is no need to call him Yogi. He is Bhogi Adiyanath. If he comes to Karnataka, he should be beaten up with slippers and sent back. If you (Narendra Modi) have little self-esteem and if you have respect for women, sack the Unseat him. What you are doing now is a heinous crime (by retaining him), he said.

Hitting back, furious leaders reminded Rao that Adityanath was a "revered saint of Nath tradition".

Strongly condemning the remarks, B S Yeddyurappa said it was "highly derogatory and uncivilised".

He said a person who did not know how to speak about "a sant" and a democratically elected did not deserve to be in public life.

Yeddyurappa asked Congress to expel Rao from the party and said the should also take cognisance of Rao's "inflammatory remarks" and take "stern action" against him.

The party tweeted, Mr Rao, your love for Muslims must not translate to hatred for Hindu saints. What were you thinking when you said must be beaten with chappals? Hindu-Vokkaligas of K'taka hold him in high regard. You have insulted the entire community with your heinous comments!

Vokkaligas are considered the second largest community in Karnataka after Lingayats.

The party termed it Congress "deep hatred" for saffron and anyone who is an "unapologetic Hindu".

"It also shows the party's disregard for rule of law," said the BJP, alleging, the "Congress instigates violence for political gain".

It asked the to register a case against Rao under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code.

The BJP said the statement shows Congress party's "utter contempt" for a democratically elected chief minister.

Enraged by Rao's remarks, from Mysuru said in a video message, One should be cautious while talking and control his tongue. Else, you will get a befitting reply.

Rao said, I should not have said so. It is wrong. All I said was just show him (Yogi Adityanath) slippers. I did not say slap him with slippers. It was not a scripted statement. In a fit of anger I said so. I was wrong."

Later, he tweeted, It was an emotional outburst in a speech on the plight of the rape victims and the complete apathy of I regret if it's offensive but the abuse of law in UP is a serious issue.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 19:06 IST