BJP condemns Pragatipara Chintakara Vedike’s remarks
Madikeri: Several organisations took out a procession here under the banner of Pragatipara Chintakara Vedike against what they called fascist forces attempting to disturb the secular fabric of society.
Speaking on the occasion, A.K. Subbaiah, former MLC, lashed out at the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its frontal organisations, alleging that they were responsible for breach of peace in the district.
Who gave the Bharatiya Janata Party the right to force the Chairman of the Karnataka State Permanent Backward Class Commission, C.S. Dwarakanath, to drink Cauvery “teerta” when he visited there some time ago?
‘Come out of it’
Two major communities in the district, who were supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party, should come out of its clutches, he said.
Basavaraj Devaraguru of Revanasiddeshwara Math, Dharwad, who inaugurated the procession, spoke.
The State unit’s president of the Republican Party of India, Venkataswamy, also spoke on the occasion.
H.L. Keshavamurthy, writer from Mandya; Poornananda of AHINDA from Mysore; P.R. Bharat of Democratic Youth Federation of India; and K.R. Vidyadhar of the Pragatipara Chintakara Vedike, were among those present.
The participants took out a procession from the Gandhi Maidan to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and submitted a memorandum to the officials there.
The president of the Kodagu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, M.P. Sunil Subramani, alleged that “outsiders” were being brought to the district by certain people, calling themselves as progressive-minded, to disturb peace and amity.
The Bharatiya Janata Party members had approached Dr. Dwarakanath at the Government Guesthouse here and introduced themselves as office-bearers of the party.
Later, the party members requested him to honour the sentiments of the Hindus by partaking the “teerta” and vermilion on his forehead., he said.
Dr. Dwarakanath had wilfully accepted the “teerta”. But the episode had taken a different turn after he reached Bangalore, he said.
Some organisations here were raking up the issue for political mileage, Mr. Subramani alleged.
The Kodagu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party would condemn the “Pragatipara Chintakara Vedike”, which had criticised his party and its frontal organisations, Mr. Subramani said.
Mr. Subramani urged the police to register cases against those who had incited communal hatred during the Monday’s rally here.