Just the day after BJP president Amit Shah blasted the Congress Government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as anti-Hindu, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary KC Venugopal has ruled out the State Government putting any ban on Popular Front Of India (PFI). The BJP has been demanding a ban on PFI for alleged murder of 21 Hindu activists in Karnataka.
Addressing a Press conference at Vijayapura in Karnataka on Thursday Venugopal said, as the State Government was taking all necessary steps to nab the culprits indulged in violence and murder, especially in the coastal districts, there was no need to ban PFI. He said already five people have been arrested in connection with murder of BJP activist Deepak Rao near Suratkal in Mangaluru District recently. Venugopal alleged that the BJP and RSS leaders were inciting violence in Coastal districts in the State.
Addressing a Parivarthana rally of the BJP led by BS Yeddyurappa at Holalkere town on Wednesday in Karnataka Amit Shah had a scathing attack on Congress Government for the failure of law and order. He had also said that after BJP comes to power all the perpetrators (who had killed Hindu activists) of the crime will be sent to jail. Shah had warned the Congress Government that time had come for them to go.
In another development Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy made a serious allegation of telephone tapping of the State Congress leaders against Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Assembly polls. Reddy said he had received several complaints from party leaders and Ministers in this regard. “Earlier also I had received similar complaints and had informed it to Union Home Minister,” he added.
In August 2017, the BJP leaders had alleged that Congress Government in the State had indulged in phone tapping of its party leaders. However, he refused to name the leaders whose phone were being tapped.
Meanwhile the major Opposition BJP had said that they would launch a State-wide ‘jailbharo’ agitation on Friday in protest against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s remarks that BJP RSS and Bajrang Dal have terrorists. But Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday in Mysuru clarified and said he had only referred to Hindutva extremism when speaking of terrorists.
“What I said is BJP and RSS are spreading Hindutva terrorism for political gains. In my opinion, whoever spread hate and incites violence is a terrorist,” said Siddaramaiah. BJP president Amit Shah termed Congress Government led by Siddaramaiah as ‘anti-Hindu’ for allegedly being soft on Islamic extremist groups. Few weeks back Siddaramaiah and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Yogi Adityanath, engaged in a war of words on Twitter.