HD Kumaraswamy yells at protestors “You voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should I respect you?”

Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy lost his temper on Wednesday with a group of protestors in Raichur district. Kumaraswamy was  heckled and snapped back angrily after he said he would not help them because they voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in last month’s election.

The Chief Minister who is travelling to Karegudda as part of his village stay programme, is seen leaning out of a window to interact with people, However, his bus is soon swamped by people shouting and raising slogans, and the Chief Minister can be heard angrily saying, “You voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi…”

The audio of the angry minister telecasted on local TV channels was unclear, but he appeared to say, “Should I respect you? Do you need to be lathi-charged? You voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and you want me to help you.”

The protestors briefly stopped the bus until they were removed by the police. The Chief Minister’s office described the incident as a small five-minute episode.

The Chief Minister’s village stay programme, which he began back in 2006, allows him to meet and interact with people of the state and listen to their problems.

The BJP, who is an opposition in the state, called out Kumaraswamy claiming his village programme was a ‘big drama’. Several state BJP leaders, criticised Mr Kumaraswamy’s reaction, describing it as aggressive and desperate.

“Today what our Chief Minister says in Raichur, he very aggressively and desperately told to people Can I call police to lathicharge you? Kumaraswamy lost his temper and was questioning – you voted for Narendra Modi. I will not support you. Like that he lost his temper and very angrily he behaved like a common man. It is not good. If you are not interested to continue as CM, better to give resignation and go back to your home,”  Ravikumar, who is BJP Karnataka general secretary said.

Source : Various