New Delhi: Former Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Monday took a swipe at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as he said that people learnt “how to watch blue films” in the shakhas of the Hindu right-wing group.
His comment came in response to BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel’s statement saying Kumaraswamy should attend one RSS shakha to understand what the group is about.
“I don’t want join RSS shakha. Haven’t we already seen what is taught in these RSS shakhas? In Vidhana Sabha session, they watch blue film. This is what is being taught in RSS shakha, right? Should I go there to learn this? I’m happy to be with the poor and learn from them,” Kumaraswamy said in Kannada.
Responding to the statement, BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal challenged Kumaraswamy to talk directly about BJP instead of commenting on the RSS. Yatnal lashed out the Congress and JD(S) in the state as he said Siddaramaiah, Kumaraswamy and DK Shivakumar have “completely lost their minds”. He also went on to hit out at Rahul Gandhi saying “he is always high on Opium”.
“Siddaramaiah, Kumarswamy and DK Shivakumar have completely lost their minds. Rahul Gandhi is always high on Hafeem (Opium). He’s always silent, being high on Opium. Are you ready to hand over the country in his hands?” said Yatnal.
Directing his ire at Kumaraswamy, he said, “And that fool talks about RSS. If he has the guts, let him reproach us. Why shout at RSS? Are they involved in politics? Have they ever asked anyone to cast votes for BJP? They are fighting for the country and dharma.”
Yatnal further asked Siddaramaiah to leave the ‘Drama Company’. “There’s nothing left in your party,” he said.
Last month, Kumaraswamy had accused the BJP of “misleading” the youth in the name of Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra and said the focus should be rather on creating jobs and providing employment to them.
He said the JD(S) will focus on mobilising the youth power as part of its “mission 123 seats” to bring the party to power after the 2023 Assembly polls in Karnataka.
Kumaraswamy has already set a target of winning at least 123 seats in 224-member assembly, during the 2023 Assembly polls.