New Delhi, Mar 30: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief Amit Shah committed yet another embarrassing gaffe due to MP Prahlad Joshi who was translating his speech at a rally in Challkere of Karnataka’s Devanagiri district. Addressing a BJP rally in the poll-bound state, Amit Shah (according to the translator Prahlad Joshi’s version) said, “If there was ever a competition for corruption, then the Yeddyurappa government would get the number 1 position.” Also Read - Anyone With Self-respect Will Not Continue to Hold The Post: Sharad Pawar on Maharashtra Governor
He even claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not do anything for poor, dalits and the backward classes. “He (Modi) will damage the nation. Please vote for him,”Joshi mistakenly translated Shah’s speech. Also Read - 'Global Pandemic Made us Realise Importance of Technology, Teamwork': PM Modi at Grand Challenges Meet
However, Shah had actually meant this, “Siddaramaiah government could not develop Karnataka. You have faith in PM Modi and cast your vote for Yeddyurappa. We will transform Karnataka into the best state in the country.” Also Read - Thanks For Understanding: Shiv Sena Welcomes Amit Shah's Stand on Maharashtra Governor-CM Letter Row
While taking a jibe at Shah’s gaffe, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said,”He has spoken the truth and he is right.”
However, this was not the first time Shah’s faux pas was caught on camera. Earlier this week, the BJP chief was caught on camera saying that ‘Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt government ever’.
Addressing a press conference immediately after the dates of the Karnataka election were announced, Shah said,”Bhrashtachar ke liye agar spardha kar li jaaye to Yeddyurappa sarkar ko bhrashtachar mein number one sarkar ka award zurur milega (If ever there is a competition on the most corrupt, then Yeddyurappa government will be awarded number one.”
CM Siddaramaiah was quick to notice Shah’s blunder and took a dig, saying the BJP leader had finally spoken the ‘truth’. “The #ShahOfLies finally speaks truth. Thank you @AmitShah,” the Chief Minister tweeted sharing the video.
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12, and the results will be declared on May 15. The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP’s 43.