‘Yeddyurappa’s Stay In Our Slum Cost Us Rs 11,000,’ Says Host
State BJP President BS Yeddyurappa's stay in at Laxmanapuri slum in Gandhinagar in the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly elections last year reportedly proved costly for the host, Muniratna, an autorickshaw driver. The visit appears to have cost the family Rs 11,000.
However, he requested that a western-style commode be fitted instead of the existing Indian one, as it would be uncomfortable for him. The BJP bore the cost of that modification.
The family, which was uncomfortable using a western-style commode, decided to revert to using an Indian commode, which cost Rs 15,000 to be put in place again.
“We are not used to the western commode. In fact, I fell and hurt myself. Then we decided to change it to our old style. We removed the western toilet and constructed a new Indian style one and had to spend Rs 15,000 from our pocket. When we asked our local leaders, they paid us only Rs 4,000,’’ Indrani said, speaking to The New Indian Express.
The visit to the slum was an attempt by the BJP to woo voters in urban areas. Other senior leaders like Jagadish Shettar and KS Eshwarappa had also slept in houses in slums in Hubballi and Shivamogga respectively in the run-up to the state elections and the party also released a socio-economic survey of slums in the state.
(This article was first published on The News Minute and has been republished with permission.)