Amit Shah calls Bengaluru assault victim BJP worker, retracts claim later

While remarking on the current political situation involving Congress MLA NA Haris’s son, BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday made an embarrassing gaffe.
Shah said that Vidvat L, who was assaulted by Haris’s son, was a BJP worker only to retract his statement a few hours later.
Shah, while addressing party workers at Navashakti Convention in Bantwal on Tuesday, said: “The incident is yet another classic example of appeasement politics followed by Siddaramaiah government. The police failed to register an FIR on the assault against ‘our worker’ initially. This emboldened the perpetrators to go after the victim and threaten him with dire consequences in the hospital, where he was admitted.”
The police did not register the FIR not because he was an MLA’s son, but because he was the son of ‘Haris’. This is a clear indicator of the appeasement politics that the Congress government is following, Shah noted.
Later, when he addressing a press meet in Surathkal after visiting Deepak Rao’s kin, Shah was asked to clarify whether Vidvat was indeed a party worker as claimed by him earlier at Bantwal. Shah admitted to his mistake saying: “Vidvat was not a party worker. It was a mistake.”
Trying to salvage the situation, he said: “At least, after my statement, the issue which people would not debate fearing CM Siddaramiah, is now being discussed in the open.”
Meanwhile, minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs U T Khader in Bengaluru echoed the recent sentiments expressed by home minister R Ramalinga Reddy that BJP is trying to project every Hindu victim, including Vidvat. “They are trying to politicize Vidvat assault issue for narrow political gains,” he added.


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