- BJP accuses Congress of trying to discredit state party chief Yeddyurappa
- The BJP claims that the food cooked by the Dalit family ran out
- The assembly elections in Karnataka will take place next year
A man called D Venkatesh has filed a police complaint against Mr Yeddurappa, accusing him of casteism.
"Yeddyurappa and party workers had gone to a Dalit house. There, food was cooked and served. As food ran out, some food was obtained from outside. We cannot say what items were prepared and who ate what, but the best proof is from the family itself which says they served Yeddyurappa the food they cooked and that it was a happy occasion," said BJP's Suresh Kumar.
On a video circulated by the BJP, Madhu Kumar, a member of the family that Mr Yedduruappa visited, said, "We were very happy to hear that the former chief minister was coming to our house. He came on Friday, May 19, at 8.30am. We served him breakfast that we had cooked at home. He ate the breakfast. But because more people had come we had to get food from outside too."
"The Congress cannot take my going to Dalits' homes and eating with them and asking about their difficulties, trying to help them. So they are trying to give it a different colour. I went again today to a Dalit colony. I went to a slum and spoke with them about their difficulties," Mr Yeddyurappa, 74, said in Bagalkote.
Reacting to Mr Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, "He has been in politics for 40 years. Didn't he remember the Dalits before this? To go there, order hotel food and eat it? What affection is there for the Dalits."
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