As the 2019 general election fever is underway, politicians have stooped so low that their campaign narrative is sometimes hitting below the belt.
Former Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Raju Kage stirred a controversy after comparing state Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy to a black buffalo even after washing himself 100 times. His comment comes days after Kumaraswamy took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that the glow on his face is due to makeup and wax.
The former BJP MLA’s statement came days after the Karnataka chief minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi glows because he “applies wax and make-up”. Taking a dig at PM Modi, Kumaraswamy on April 9 said he applies “make-up” to keep his face “shining”.
Responding to Kumaraswamy’s ‘cosmetic’ statement, Kage said that ‘They say Narendra Modi uses powder 10 times, changes his clothes 10 times before coming on stage. Modi is fair and handsome. Kumaraswamy, even if you shower a 100 times, you’ll look like a buffalo. What is this? Will your face change if you apply powder or creams? Will you become handsome? Why do you people speak such language?’
This, however, is not the first time a racial abuse, or for that matter a scathing attack, has been hurled at Kumaraswamy. Last month, a teacher in Bengaluru was sacked for likening the Karnataka CM with an earthworm.
In its question paper for eighth standard students, the school had asked whether a farmer’s friend was an earthworm or CM Kumaraswamy. The question also gave the option of BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
HDK is also not shy from controversies. Recently, he accused the BJP of posting a false video of him and lashed out at the saffron party for trying to malign his image. The BJP had posted a video on Twitter wherein the Karnataka chief minister can be heard saying that people who do not have food to eat join the armed forces.
Voting in Karnataka is scheduled to be held in 14 constituencies on April 18, while the rest of the 14 seats will go to polls on April 23.
Fourteen of the total 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka will go to the polls on Thursday with the main battle between the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP.
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