Earlier Yeddyurappa told reporters that recent incident of armed forces attacking Pak will help his party to win 22 seats in Karnataka.
Chitradurga: Amid the social outrage over '22 Lok Sabha seats' remark, B S Yeddyurappa said that he was quoted "out of context.''
My statement is being reported out of context. I said that ‘situation favourable for BJP’ which i am saying for last couple of months. This is not first time that i said BJP in Karnataka will win minimum 22 seats under the able leadership of Modi ji.— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) February 28, 2019
Former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa opined that the air strike recently carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Pakistan has titled things in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's favour and will help the win 22 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in the impending general elections.
"The recent incident of armed forces attacking Pakistan has turned the tide in Narendra Modi's favour, as the youth is happy after the attack. It will help us win 22 seats in Karnataka," he told reporters here on Wednesday.
The remark did not go well with state president of BJP, Yeddyurappa and kindled outrage on social media.
State Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy attacked Yeddyurappa for calculating extra Lok Sabha seats that the terror attack and Pakistan war can bring for BJP.
The entire nation is united in supporting the central govt&our armed forces to fight terrorism,while #Bjp leader @BSYBJP is busy calculating howmany extra LS seats the terror attack&Pak war can bring to his party. It's shameful to exploit our jawans' sacrifice for electoral gains— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) February 28, 2019
Yeddyurappa was even rebuked by his party colleague, Union Minister VK Singh.
.@BSYBJP ji, I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation & ensure safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats. https://t.co/V06LBMAJH3
This speech by Atal ji highlights our position:https://t.co/UyhobIpAny— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) February 28, 2019
India on Tuesday carried out air strikes against a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror training camp in Pakistan's Balakot, in which a "large number of terrorists" were killed, according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
The air strike was carried out in the aftermath of the February 14 terrorist attack carried out by the JeM on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
There are 28 seats at stake in Karnataka, out of which the BJP currently holds 16 seats while the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) hold 10 and 2 Lok Sabha seats, respectively.