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BJP dividing society over religion: Parameshwara

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G. Parameshwara, president, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to divide society on the bases of religion and caste, while Congress is the only party pushing for the development of all castes and religions.

He was addressing a Congress workers’ conference at Deodurga town in Raichur district recently.

Taking a dig at Amit Shah, BJP national president and Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Parameshwara said that the leaders of the BJP are coming to the State often to spread their ideologies thereby using Hindutva as an election issue.

He added, “We also follow the Hindutva. But ours is different from theirs.”

He said Mr. Shah was criticising the Congress government of corruption without any proof. Surprisingly, however, he had not asked BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa why he went to jail. “The people of Karnataka will not believe such baseless allegations against a pro-people government that had introduced programmes like Anna Bhagya, Krishi Bhagya, Ksheeradhare, Ksheera Bhagya, Manaswini, among others,” he said.

Communal tension

Coastal Karnataka was under communal tension after the BJP claimed an individual’s death as a communal clash death, he said.

Loan waivers

Appealing to BJP leaders to pressurise the Union government to waive farm loans taken from nationalised banks, the Congress chief said that it was left to them to convince the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, if they were really concerned about farmers.

S.R. Patil, Working President of KPCC, also spoke and appealed to the people to elect the Congress for another term for better development. He asked why the people didn’t get ₹15 lakh at their account, so far, as promised by Mr. Modi.

K.H. Muniyappa, former Union Minister, Shaileshnath, Karnataka State in-charge and others were present.

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