Back to back wins for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in recent elections has often forced people to say that “the party is always in an election mode”. Led by party chief Amit Shah, the BJP begins campaigning way before elections are due to be announced. Assembly elections in Karnataka are due to be held in 2018 and while assuring people that the BJP will win by a huge margin, a faux pas by BJP’s National secretary P Muralidhar Rao has forced a few giggles in the political circuit.
While addressing a party meeting in Karnataka, the National General Secretary of the BJP claimed that the “Congress will win 150 seats in Assembly Elections to be held in 2018.” As soon as the BJP leader realised that he mixed up the names of the parties, he instantly clarified by saying that the “BJP will win 150 seats in the upcoming elections.”
But in the day and age of social media, it does not look like the BJP leader will be forgiven easily. The short clip of the BJP leader’s faux pas has now gone viral. Embarrassed by his statement, Rao has asked the party’s social media cell to release his full video of his speech at the meeting.
_______ _____ __ ______ ___________ __ _____ ___ ______
1. 2018 ________ _____ 150+
2. 2019 ___ ___ _____ 25+ pic.twitter.com/s5pidSpdnq
— P Muralidhar Rao (@PMuralidharRao) May 7, 2017
Karnataka is under Congress rule since 2013 with Siddaramaiah as its Chief Minister. The Assembly has a total of 225 seats and 113 seats are required to form a_government in the state. In the previous assembly elections held in May 2013, Congress had bagged 125 seats to register win Karnataka while BJP got 44 seats.
Here is what he said:
– BtvNews (@btvnewslive) May 6, 2017
And here is how Twitter reacted:
— Shiv Kyasapura (@KyasapuraS) May 7, 2017
Never dream of getting any digits unless u have Muralidhar rao typo incharge__ https://t.co/vUfUNovy5l
— Mahantesh Hullur (@MahanteshHullur) May 6, 2017
— Praanagni __________ (@praanaagni) May 6, 2017
Congress to win 150 seats in the coming #Karnataka Assembly polls says BJP K'taka in charge Muralidhar Rao. Slip of the tongue!!
— DP SATISH (@dp_satish) May 6, 2017