Amit Shah calls BJP's Yeddyurappa 'No. 1 in corruption,' corrects himself


In an embarrassing goof-up in poll-bound Karnataka, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said the party's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt government in the country.

The Election Commission Tuesday announced that voting to elect a new Karnataka Assembly will be held May 12 and results will be declared May 15, setting the ball rolling for one of the most prestigious battles between the Congress and the BJP. Out of the total 26 seats in the four districts, considered as the Vokkaliga Poll-battle ground, BJP did not win even a single seat during the 2013 Assembly elections.

The video went viral and Congress leaders wasted no time in circulating it. "Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?" he said.

Except that it was BJP chief Amit Shah doing the thundering.

The BJP spent 85 days campaigning across the state and organized a rally in Bengaluru addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Delay in formulating such strategy has left us at the receiving end", the leader said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Siddaramaiah and other Congress leaders mocked at me. Congress will immediately file a complaint with electoral officers, he said, adding that the Election Commission should stop Amit Shah from coming to Karnataka.

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Speaking to reporters at Davanagere on the second day of his tour to central regional of Karnataka, Shah said the party is all geared up to fight the election and will come to power and Yeddyurappa will become the next Chief Minister.

"In a slip of tongue, I said that the Yeddyurappa government is corrupt instead of Siddaramaiah's and the entire Congress party started to rejoice".

But both parties know that the way to securing Karnataka is a long-winded one that passes through six separate regions within the state.

The Election Commission this evening set up a committee of senior officials to probe the leak of the poll schedule for Karnataka before it was announced by the Chief Election Commissioner earlier today. "Soon after BJP forms the next government under Yeddyurappa's leadership, it will make all efforts to hunt down killers (of RSS and BJP workers) from any corner of the world", he said. The party aimed to unite the Mathas against the Congress and benefit electorally by consolidating the support of the community, believed to be the largest in the state.