Siddaramaiah should apologise to Kannadigas: Yeddyurappa

State BJP President B S Yeddyurappa

BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa, on Sunday, termed as 'unforgivable offence' the apology sought by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from the people in Chikkodi, Belagavi district, for not knowing Marathi, during a campaign meeting.

Siddaramaiah sought apology only to gain votes of the Marathi population, he said. Yeddyurappa was speaking to media persons at the helipad in DAR ground here.

“Being the chief minister, Siddaramaiah shouldn’t have apologised. He has insulted the Kannadigas. He should apologise to the Kannadigas,” he said and added that people of the state will teach him a befitting lesson in the coming elections.

He said he too respected Marathi and other languages, but there was no need to apologise for not knowing the language.

On former BJP leader Revu Naik Belamgi, who has now joined JD(S) and is contesting from Kalaburagi Rural constituency, claiming that the BJP tickets were sold in the party, Yeddyurappa said party workers were opposed to giving ticket to Belamgi. 

Belamgi - sitting in the house of Mallikarjun Kharge (Kalaburagi MP and Congress ) - was responsible for booking cases against Veerashaivas and Lingayats during the agitation over separate religious status for Lingayats.

He said no tickets were sold and added that he did not want to comment on Belamagi, who was now in a different party.

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