In Friday’s rally at Koppal, Karnataka, PM Narendra Modi slammed Karnataka CM H.D Kumaraswamy’s remarks insulting the armed forces - 'some youths who cannot afford two square meals a day are joining the Army' as per the JD(S) leader - in a rally at Madurru, Karnataka. Kumaraswamy had alleged that these remarks were taken out of context.
“I have seen in the media that the Karnataka Chief Minister has said that those who cannot afford two square meals a day, only they join the Army. What kind of thought is this, Kumarswamyji? You cannot keep quiet saying that this statement has been taken out of context. You have said only that which is in your heart. There have been no false interpretation. You have done such a huge insult to the armed forces,” said PM Modi.
Asking the crowds about how they felt regarding their CM’ remarks, he added:
“Don’t you think this is an insult to our great forces. Does this type of statement look good on a Chief Minister? Will you ask votes using this? Those who sacrifice everything for the country braving -40 degrees in Siachen and those who suffer in the hot sands at 50 degrees, is this how you talk of them?”
Earlier, on Thursday, Kumaraswamy had slammed PM Modi for 'playing with the lives of Jawans for votes' saying:
“The soldiers who guard our borders are not born with a silver spoon. Some youths who are unemployed and who cannot afford two square meals a day are joining the Army. This Prime Minister is playing with their lives.”
A part of this video had been posted by the BJP's Karnataka wing hitting out at the Chief Minister for insulting the forces.
Retorting to this post, Kumaraswamy had said that BJP was up to their own dirty tricks and that the video was taken out of context. He also added that he did not imply that Jawans were joining the Army for the sake of livelihood. Dismissing the video as a false interpretation, he wrote:
Karnataka is set to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in two phases. On April 18, the state will vote for 18 constituencies while on April 23 the remaining 14 polls will go to polls. Lok Sabha polling will take place in seven phases for all the 29 states and seven Union Territories beginning from April 11 to May 7, 2019. The results will be announced on May 23, 2019.