Staff Correspondent

‘A leader of ABVP delivered an inflammatory speech at a recent convention in Bidar’

GULBARGA: Former MLA B.R. Patil has appealed to Governor Rameshwar Thakur to take steps to impose a ban on the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) in the State, alleging that one of its leaders had delivered an inflammatory speech during its 27th State-level convention held in Bidar.

Naxalism

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Patil said that a leader had said naxalism could be fought by using guns.

Regarding this, Mr. Patil said, “This clearly states that the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat is affiliated to Bharatiya Janata Party, which has no respect for our Constitution.”

The speech instigated violent feelings among members of society, he said.

Mr. Patil said that using guns was not the answer to deal with naxals.

He said that there should be measures to divert the youth from joining the movement.

Referring to statements by the State president of the Rashtriya Hindu Sena Pramod Mutalik on conducting “trishul dikshe” and distributing trishuls to the youth, Mr. Patil said that Mr. Mutalik should be arrested immediately for bringing about hatred in society.

‘Will destroy peace’

He said that the trishul was a “holy” object and if distributed to the youth it would destroy peace in society.

He said that the distribution of pens, slates and stationery material would be taken up to encourage education and to counter the “trishul dikshe” programme in Bidar.

Decision

Mr. Patil asked former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash to arrive at a suitable decision regarding his political life, as early as possible.

He said that Mr. Prakash joining the Congress would strengthen the secular forces in the State.

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