Indian politician addresses wrong party’s rally

With Indian elections beginning tomorrow, the pressure seems to be getting to a few candidates from the Hindu nationalist BJP party. The BBC reports that one candidate even addressed a rally for the opposing Congress Party by accident: [Karnataka State Home Minister VS] Acharya had been on his way to meet a fellow BJP activist ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.

With Indian elections beginning tomorrow, the pressure seems to be getting to a few candidates from the Hindu nationalist BJP party. The BBC reports that one candidate even addressed a rally for the opposing Congress Party by accident:

With Indian elections beginning tomorrow, the pressure seems to be getting to a few candidates from the Hindu nationalist BJP party. The BBC reports that one candidate even addressed a rally for the opposing Congress Party by accident:

[Karnataka State Home Minister VS] Acharya had been on his way to meet a fellow BJP activist when he noticed the rally.

The Times of India said the Congress supporters extended the courtesy expected to be afforded to a minister and offered him a seat.

It said when he rose to speak Mr Acharya was still unaware of his surroundings and began by praising the achievements of the BJP government in Karnataka.

Acharya beat a hasty retreat aftrer realizing his mistake. This comes on the heels of another BJP calling for a demonstration to repeal a law that didn’t exist. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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