Days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi by saying that his becoming opposition party chief would bring good luck to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a similar comment has been made by former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Targeting the Gandhi scion over his recent visit to poll-bound Karnataka, for BJP strongman referred to him as ‘bachcha’ (kid). He said that the Congress president’s visit to Karnataka would ensure more than 150 seats for the BJP.
“By bringing that ‘bachcha’ to in Karnataka, we now know that we will win more than 150 seats here,” ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.
Earlier this month, Yeddyurappa had mocked Rahul Gandhi by calling him an “election Hindu”. He had said then as well that arrival of Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka will only bring good fortunes for the saffron party. He further said that Rahul Gandhi's campaign in Karnataka will only fulfil BJP's dream of a "Congress Mukt Karnataka".
"I heartily welcome #ElectionHindu @OfficeOfRG to Ballari. The #Congress President will fulfil our dream of a #CongressMuktKarnataka," Yeddyurappa had posted on microblogging site Twitter.
Stating that Congress has faced huge setbacks and BJP has won wherever Rahul Gandhi has campaigned in the past, BSY said, "His arrival is like arrival of good fortune for BJP."
Rahul Gandhi had visited Karnataka in February itself and addressed several rallies and public meetings in different parts of the state. He had reportedly travelled in the state by a special bus and was accompanied by senior leaders such as Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily. He had visited Raichur, Yadagiri and Gulbarga districts, among others.
One highlight of his event was a ‘pakoda’ break that he took during the tour with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other senior leaders. He took the pakoda break, pictures of which went viral, in Kalmala village of Raichur district.