The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that the proposed Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill demeans some of the Hindu culture and beliefs. It would not allow the government to table the proposed Bill in the Legislature, the party said.
Speaking to presspersons here, State unit president Pralhad Joshi said the party would prevent the tabling of the Bill as announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, during the Belgaum winter session beginning from November 25.
The draft of the bill, prepared by an expert committee, impinges some of the long-practiced beliefs and practices of Hindu culture, Mr. Joshi said.
There was no need to bring out such legislation as many of the social evils, including Sati, human sacrifice and animal sacrifice, have either vanished or are being dealt with under suitable law, Mr. Joshi pointed out. The societal system itself has rejected such practices.
Mr. Joshi said that offering Paada Puja, taking out Adda Pallakki (palanquin procession), etc., have been part of the Hindu culture for over centuries. “Who are these people to ban such practices?” he asked and said that the draft legislation affects the sentiments of the Hindus. “The government too is anti-Hindu,” he said.
Leader of the BJP Legislature Party in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said that the government, unable to deliver good governance even after six months of coming to power, is indulging in diversionary tactics so that its failures are masked. He said that instead of bringing out jinxed legislation, the government should focus on taking up development work, which has taken the backseat under the Congress rule.
Mr. Joshi said that the government is indulging in minority appeasement by extending unrestricted sops such as Shaadi Bhagya to Muslims on the one hand, while on the other, it is targeting the majority Hindu community with its proposed anti-superstition legislation, he said.
The party would not allow the government to get the proposed legislation passed in the House, he said and added that it would even prevent the tabling of the Bill. The party would launch a mega public campaign against the government soon after the November 17 Narendra Modi rally in Bangalore, he said.
Mr. Joshi said that over 3.46 lakh people have so far registered for the Modi rally. As many as eight special trains and over 1,000 buses are being arranged for their transportation.
BJP national president Rajnath Singh would also attend the rally, he added.
The Bill affects beliefs and culture of the Hindus, says Pralhad Joshi