Siddaramaiah’s Gaffe: Asks People to Support PM Modi in Karnataka

Earlier, Amit Shah had mixed up names, when he called the “Yeddyurappa government” the most corrupt. 

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. 

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had a slip-of-the-tongue during an election rally in the Malavalli constituency on Tuesday, 8 May, to a rather embarrassing and funny effect. The Congress leader was campaigning for sitting MLA and party candidate PN Narendra Swamy. Except, Siddaramaiah ended up asking people to vote for PM Narendra Modi.

“In all the villages, the work for the roads, drinking water, building houses... all of this has been made possible because of Narendra Modi…” the Chief Minister said.

Oops! Did he just have an Amit Shah moment?

However, Siddaramaiah immediately realised his gaffe – and so did the crowd, who immediately raised a chorus to point out the mistake.

“Sorry, sorry! Narendra Swamy!,” Siddaramaiah said, as he immediately corrected himself.

“The important word here is Narendra,” he then joked. “This Swamy is here, the Modi is in Gujarat. Narendra Modi is fiction, Narendra Swamy is the truth,” he went on to say.


Siddaramaiah is not the first leader to mix up names to the great pleasure of the opposition during a public rally.

Earlier, BJP national president Amit Shah, while addressing the media, said:

If there was ever a competition for corruption, then the Yeddyurappa government would get the number one position.
Amit Shah’s gaffe

He wanted to hit out at the Congress and the Siddaramaiah government – except he ended up naming his own party’s Chief Ministerial face Yeddyurappa.

BJP MP Prahlad Joshi, who was sitting next to Amit Shah, was quick to point out the blunder to the party president, even as Yeddyurappa, who was also present, was left red-faced.

An embarrassed Yeddyurappa also reminded Amit Shah that he should have said that the Siddaramaiah government was number one in corruption.

Upon realising his error, Amit Shah corrected himself and said, “Arre, Siddaramaiah government is number one in corruption.”

(This article was originally published in The News Minute. It has been republished with permission.)

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