Karnataka Chief Minister Siddramaiah on Monday said that BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa's remark to drag people to polling booths shows "Gundagardi".
Yeddyurappa had on Saturday sparked a controversy by asking party men to "tie" up people and bring them to the polling booth.
Reacting to this, Siddaramaiah said today (May 7), "This shows 'gundagardi' element in Yeddyurappa. Can anybody be dragged to polling booth? It's all a fake campaign by him."
Yeddyurappa made the remark at a campaign in Belagavi on Saturday while he was convincing party workers about the need to get people to vote on May 12.
"Don't rest now. If you think that somebody isn't voting, go to their homes, tie up their hands and legs and bring them to vote in favour of Mahantesh Doddagoudar (BJP candidate from Kittur)," ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.
AICC communications in charge Randeep Surjewala had accused Yeddyurappa of threatening to voters.
"A defeatist BJP facing rejection at the hands of Kannadigas is threatening voters in frustration. Mr. Yeddyurappa, insulting democracy & intimidating voters will trounce the BJP decisively," tweeted Surjewala.