Amit Shah labels Karnataka govt as ‘anti-Hindu’

  • The war of words between the BJP and Congress in poll-bound Karnataka escalated on 10 Jan 18 with BJP president Amit Shah labelling the Congress’s state government as “anti-Hindu” during a pre-election speech in the Holalkere region of Chitradurga.
  • Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had hit out at the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal, claiming “they are themselves terrorists”. Congress state working president Dinesh Gundu Rao alleged that many BJP activists were “involved in crimes”.
  • Speaking at a Karnataka Navanirmana rally, Shah stuck to a template that he has used in previous pre-election speeches in the state and attacked Siddaramaiah’s government for alleged diversion of central funds and failure to control killings of activists from the BJP, RSS and its affiliates.
  • “As many as 21 BJP and RSS workers have been killed in Karnataka in the last three years and the government is not even investigating it. This government is an anti-Hindu government,’’ Shah said.
  • The statement was made by the BJP president despite all cases of killings of Hindutva activists being cracked by Karnataka Police or being handed to the NIA as demanded by the BJP.
  • The first half of Shah’s speech was devoted to emphasising that the current Congress regime was corrupt and only BJP was capable of ushering development in Karnataka.
  • “The Narendra Modi government has allocated over INR3tr to Karnataka. But has any of that reached your villages,” Shah asked rhetorically, before adding that one only had to look at the new bungalows and cars that Congressmen have acquired, for the answer.
  • The Congress government, he alleged, indulged in minority appeasement and played vote-bank politics.

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