Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan harshly criticized the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) over scandalous videos that showed members of these parties.
Erdoğan was in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu for his ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) election rally.
Erdoğan said Kılıçdaroğlu is a party leader who assumed the leadership position in the CHP thanks to a video scandal.
Long-standing CHP leader Deniz Baykal resigned from the leadership of the CHP in May 2010 after a video that allegedly showed him having affair with CHP deputy Nesrin Baytok was revealed.
Kılıçdaroğlu was elected to the CHP leadership following Baykal's resignation.
Erdoğan criticized Kılıçdaroğlu for excluding Baytok from the CHP candidate list, while he re-nominated Baykal.
“Was it only the woman in that video who was guilty?” he asked.
The MHP, which was also shaken by a video scandal recently, got its share of criticism from Erdoğan.
A video clip posted online in late April showed MHP deputy chairmen Recai Yıldırım and Metin Çobanoğlu insulting right-wing and conservative voters. Only hours after the video clip appeared on a number of websites, both deputy chairmen announced their decision to resign from their posts. They also withdrew their deputy candidacies for the June 12 general elections. In the video clip, Yıldırım and Çobanoğlu are seen chatting with women in a room. During the conversation, Yıldırım tells one of the women that he would like to see her in the Muslim headscarf. “This is my hobby [to look at women wearing the headscarf]. I would be aroused if I saw you in such attire,” Yıldırım says, while Çobanoğlu laughs.
Erdoğan said: “Now [MHP leader Devlet] Bahçeli is claiming that Erdoğan violates people's privacy. Why? Because his own men were involved in video scandals?”
He said if the video of the MHP officials were private, then Bahçeli should not have allowed them to resign, and he should have stood behind them.
Erdoğan also called on Bahçeli to resign due to controversial remarks he made in his party's election rally in Siirt on Tuesday saying, “The Allah of the pro-status quo is Ankara.”
Erdoğan said Bahçeli's statement is an open swear at Allah.
Cihan news agency
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