Karnataka: BJP defends Yedurappa, says he was giving out compensation to poor family

| Updated: Apr 10, 2017 01:10 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Apr. 9 (ANI): As Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief B. S. Yeddyurappa raked in controversy for offering money to a family ahead of by-polls, the saffron party on Sunday defended the former chief minister stating he was merely offering compensation to a poor family. Admitting that the act was a violation of code of conduct, BJP leader Srinivas Prasad told ANI, "Yeddyurappa was giving compensation to a poor family. But I agree it's a violation of code of conduct. I agree he should not have done that. He should have given money after the elections." A day before, a video emerged that showed Yeddyurappa handing out money to a family in Chamrajnagar district, about 150 km from Bengaluru. By-polls for two assembly seats, Gundlupet, which falls under Chamrajnagar district, and Nanjangud took place today. In Gundlupet, the need for by-elections was necessitated due to the death of Congress leader H.S. Mahadeva Prasad. His wife Gita Mahadev Prasad is contesting on the seat on a Congress ticket. (ANI)