BJP MP Basavaraj lands in the soup for targeting Justice Minister Madhuswamy – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BENGALURU: Two BJP leaders landed at a location after their whispered conversation before the start of a press conference was picked up by TV cameras and microphones. Tumakuru BJP MP GS Basavaraj in conversation with Urban Development Minister Byrati Basavaraj can be heard addressing Justice Minister JC Madhuswamy in singular (Nan Maga) and comparing him to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Alleging that Madhuswamy had sparked a culture of violence in Tumakuru, the MP said the minister frequently used words like “beat” and “hit them”.

In an apparent reference to the minister’s alleged pressure on civil servants, Basavaraj said: “He is telling the executive engineer to wash his wife’s sarees. He tarnished the image of the BJP in Tumakuru. The party will not win even a single seat in the constituency.”

Madhuswamy is the minister in charge of Tumakuru district where the BJP currently holds five of the eleven seats in the Assembly. When contacted about this, he said, “I can’t respond to fools (huchharu).”

BJP General Secretary Ravi Kumar told TNIE: “This is just a personal conversation between two people and should be taken as such. Prominent forces in the party are Minister Byrati Basavaraj, MP GS Basavaraj and Minister JC Madhuswamy. I would only ask that even when having personal conversations, we exercise great caution.

Sources said Madhuswamy and GS Basavaraj, both Lingayat leaders, do not share a good relationship. While Basavaraj joined the BJP from Congress, Madhuswamy joined the Janata Dal.

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