Karnataka Minister Roshan Baig’s controversial remarks, in which he allegedly referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in unparlialmentary language, has kicked up political dirt in the State, only months ahead of Assembly elections.

A video clip of the minister’s controversial remarks, made at a public meeting, has gone viral on social media.

Taking exception to Baig’s statement, the BJP has demanded a public apology from the Urban Development Minister. It has also urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to sack Baig.

BJP State President BS Yedurappa said Baig’s statement was an insult to the entire country. “Instead of refining and reforming his conduct and behaviour for the post of minister, Baig disrespected the Prime Minister with his language. The CM must not allow Baig to continue.”

Tongue in cheek, Yeddyurappa said Baig must have been experiencing much difficulty after the ban of high-denomination notes, and had therefore expressed his pain the public meeting. “The language tells the culture of a person,” the BJP President said.

Yeddyurappa further said that the minister who takes oath in the name of Constitution should not cross the limit of decency. “I demand that he (Baig) apologises to the nation for his nasty conduct and behaviour.”

BJP is also gunning for AICC General Secretary and the Congress’ Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal, who has been indicted by a Judicial Commission probing the solar scam in Kerala.