"Let Modi remove security cover around him," said a Karnataka minister, when reminded that the prime minister has a threat to life, Basavaraj Rayareddy said, "So? Die." These statements were made in Koppal by the Congress minister when asked about the Centre' move to remove red beacons from all government vehicles. Basavaraj Rayareddy, the higher education minister of Karnataka also said that 'one should be willing to die if they want to remain in power'
On being asked about removing the red beacon from his car the minister said, "It makes no difference to me. I would, in fact, urge them (Centre) to remove security as well. If Modi really wants to remove (VIP culture) let him revoke security cover. Let him revoke the security cover around him first. Should he be the only one comfortable while others aren't? Let him remove security, I am ready."
On being told by a reporter that the prime minister faces threat to life, the minister said, "So? die. If one wants power one should be ready to die. If you don't want power then quit and sit at home." When asked by a reporter if he wished for Modi to die, the minister immediately said he 'didn't mean Modi'. "I am only trying to say that this is a farce. Nothing but a show-off," he said and walked away.