Cong leader sparks row by raking up PM Modi's "burn me alive"
Bengaluru, Nov 9 (PTI) Former Karnataka Minister
T B Jayachandra Friday sparked a row by raking up Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's statement during demonetisation that
he would not get bogged down even if he was burnt alive for
the decision, drawing the BJP's ire.
The Bharatiya Janata Party dubbed the Congress leader's
remark "outrageous and despicable."
"The prime minister had sought 50 days time to set
things right (after demonetisation). He had asked people to
set him on fire alive if he failed to overcome this test
..probably the time has come to burn him alive," Jayachandra
said Friday at Tumkuru.
He was taking part in a protest marking the second
anniversary of demonetisation of high currency notes of
Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 two years ago.
Making an emotional appeal at a function in Goa in
November 2016, Modi had said there were certain forces up
against him that may not let him live and destroy him due to
his decision on demonetisation.
    He had asserted that he would not get bogged down even
if he was burnt alive.
    The former minister said if the prime minister has any
faith in democracy, he should step down immediately.
    The BJP's Karnataka unit president B S Yeddyurappa
condemned the statement, saying "This is absolutely an
outrageous statement by any standard and by any parameter.
    What is shocking is that such a despicable statement
has come from Jayachandra, who had functioned as the law and
parliamentary affairs minister of our state."
    Yeddyurappa wanted to know if Congress state unit
president Dinesh Gundu Rao endorsed Jayachandra's statement.