Kumaraswamy: BJP edited my video, upto their dirty old tricks again
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 13, 2019, 10:16 AM
Following the Election Commission’s strict guidelines on politicians to not refrain from referring to the armed forces for the purpose of political propaganda, Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy criticised the Prime Minister for “politicising” the sacrifices made by defence forces.
At a rally in Latur, Maharashtra, a few days ago, Modi had appealed to first-time voters to vote for the BJP in support of the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack, and for the soldiers who conducted the Balakot airstrikes at a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
At a public rally on Thursday, the two-time CM, condemned the PM for “politicising the ultimate sacrifice” of the soldiers who “are not children of rich people”, but “are from poor families who cannot afford two square meals”.
Kumaraswamy’s speech appears to have backfired, as the BJP immediately posted a video of his speech on their official Twitter page, and slammed the CM by saying that “people join the Defence forces out of love for the country”. They went on to say that maybe Kumaraswamy should send his own sons to the Army, instead of having them contest for polls, referring to Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil who will be contesting from the Mandya constituency, on April 18, in the second phase. Modi, at a rally, attacked the Karnataka CM and said, “It is shocking to know a Chief Minister’s thinking is so low to say those who don’t get a square meal a day join the Army and not the rich. What else can people expect from such a leader? By using such words, Kumaraswamy has insulted our patriotic soldiers who sacrifice their lives to protect the country”.
The JD(S) leader clarified later that he had never said that all those who join the Army are from poor families. He further added that the BJP was “upto their old tricks again”, and that they had “posted the edited video with false interpretation to malign” him.
Modi, in response, said that Kumaraswamy could not escape from his words now, as the video was out in public for everyone to watch for themselves.
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