Bengaluru: Karnataka Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) chief BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday issued a clarification on his statement that India’s pre-emptive strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot will help the party win over 22 out of 28 seats in the state in upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Claiming that he is being quoted ‘out of context’, the former Karnataka CM tweeted, “My statement is being reported out of context. I said that ‘situation favourable for BJP’ which i am saying for last couple of months. This is not first time that i said BJP in Karnataka will win minimum 22 seats under the able leadership of Modi ji.”

BSY’s clarification came shortly after was rebuked by Union Minister VK Singh. “.@BSYBJP ji, I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation & ensure safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats,” the former Army chief tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, PTI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying, “The atmosphere….day by day the wind is increasingly blowing in favour of BJP. Yesterday’s action of destroying terror hideouts by entering inside Pakistan has resulted in a pro-Modi wave in the country, the results of which can be seen in coming Lok Sabha polls.”

“It has enthused youths; all this will help us in winning more than 22 Lok Sabha seats (in Karnataka),” he reportedly said while speaking to reporters in Chitradurga. Notably, the BJP currently holds 16 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, Congress 10 and JD(S) 2.

Yeddyurappa’s controversial statement came a day after India avenged the dastardly Pulwama terror attack by mounting a massive offensive on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan and carried a ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ on three camps of the terrorist organisation, killing nearly 300 militants.

In one of the deadliest terror strikes in decades in Jammu and Kashmir, forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed on February 14 as a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist rammed an explosive-laden truck into a bus in the convoy of security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir