Don’t hesitate to bluff voters, Karnataka BJP leader tells workers

In the video, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked BJP workers at a meeting in Koppal region of Karnataka on December 4 to lie to voters if necessary to win their support.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: December 13, 2017 8:17 am
BJP, Karnataka, karnataka BJP leader K S Eshwarappa , bluffing voters, Congress, K S Eshwarappa video, K S Eshwarappa bluff voters video Former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa (File Photo)

Video footage of a senior BJP leader in Karnataka asking party workers never to hesitate from bluffing to voters to win political support in the state has served as ammunition for the ruling Congress in the state to question the legitimacy of political issues raised by the BJP.

In the video, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked party workers at a meeting in Koppal region of Karnataka on December 4 to lie to voters if necessary to win their support.

“We need to tell the people about all the accomplishments of the BJP — the government at the centre and what we will do in Karnataka — we need to tell people about what we have done for backward castes, scheduled castes, for farmers, for women. In case you do not know, tell some lies or something. We are politicians, we should not say we don’t know when it comes to anything,’’ he is heard saying in the video footage.

He goes on to give the example of using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s macho image to embellish narratives about the BJP’s achievements if necessary.

“You must say that Pakistan never dared attack India when Vajpayee was Prime Minister, but when Manmohan Singh became the PM Indian soldiers were attacked and killed by Pakistan’s army. You must say that when Modi became the PM he finished 10 soldiers in Pakistan. You must spin it like that. Even if you don’t know these things, you are aware of the machismo of PM Modi, use that to spin a story — we will see what happens later,’’ Eshwarappa said.

“When you visit the homes of people, if you sit quietly when they tell you that Manmohan Singh provided great administration when he was PM or when they tell you that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has done a lot for Dalits, then we will have to shut shop and go away,” Eshwarappa tells the workers.

The Congress targeted the BJP leader, saying his speech is a reflection of BJP political strategy. “The statements by Eshwarappa are a reflection of the BJP’s political strategy and culture. They are spreading lies through their campaigns around the state and urging party workers to follow their actions,” Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao said.

Eshwarappa refused to comment on the video, saying that his speech was made at an internal meeting for BJP workers.

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  1. Sujatha Selvam
    Dec 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm
    After all BJP won the elections on false promises and lies only. What is surprising? Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the one who lead in lies and promising moon to the people. Thanks to Election Commission and the fraudulent EVMs that they have been in power till now.
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    1. sahil khan
      Dec 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm
      Everyone wants to be modi now in jhandelwalan party all they need to do is lie
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        Dec 14, 2017 at 10:22 am
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        1. Seemab Fareedi
          Dec 14, 2017 at 11:35 am
          Look Man, It is an absurd claim you are making... This is our country, our land... Our future is here... We will not be driven from our land by Sanghi fanatics..We will fight for country and ensure Sanghi’s are driven out or their mentality is utterly defeated and plans are fully destroyed.. A famous couplet/shair by Allama Iqbal is: "Meer-e-Arab (S.A.W.) Ko Aayi Thandi Hawa Jahan Se Mera Watan Wohi Hai, Mera Watan Wohi Hai" This couplet is based on a Hadees Mubarika. Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, "I feel cool breeze coming from Hind". JAI HIND...
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        2. Tikolo Odumbey
          Dec 14, 2017 at 7:37 am
          What is new in this, they have been bluffing and bullxhitting for the last 70 years anyway
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