Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's second village visit on Wednesday ran into rough waters after he lost his cool at protesters in Raichur. Kumaraswamy was heard shouting at the protestors, "You vote for Modi and then come and tell us your concerns."
The Chief Minister was on his way to Karegudda village in Raichur district in Karnataka as part of his village stay programme when protestors blocked the bus in which he was traveling. Kumaraswamy took a train to the district he's traveling to and continued his journey in a government bus.
The protestors had gathered in front of the bus with various demands when Kumaraswamy first asked them to make way for the bus and later lost his cool. "Give some respect. Do you need to be lathi charged?" Kumaraswamy asked the protestors.
As he reached the village, BJP workers with party flags greeted him with "Modi Modi" slogans. "See I have nothing against Modi. He gives me time as soon as I visit him. Even when the Congress was in power, I had good relation with the PM. Even now I have good relations with the PM,” Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said.
“BJP is just unable to accept the work we are doing here. I don't have to take lessons from them (BJP) on development as I have cleared projects worth around 4,000 crore rupees. In some time, people will start seeing the work that we have started. Till then, they must patiently wait," added Kumaraswamy.
The BJP said the Chief Minister's response was unacceptable. "We will not allow the state to become one governed by a Hitler. His days as CM are outnumbered. He should behave respectfully," said BJP leader KS Eshwarappa.