Mangaluru, May 24: The Congress has shown its true intentions to hurt the sentiments of Hindus with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stating that moral policing will be curbed in Karnataka, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel said on Wednesday.
Addressing reporters here, he said the Chief Minister’s statement should be read along with the Congress Assembly poll manifesto in which it has been suggested to ban the Bajrang Dal.
Condemning the statement, Kateel, who is also a Lok Sabha member, said the BJP will resist any action against Hindu nationalist workers.
On the assertion by Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar that the government will not allow saffronisation of the police force, Kateel said all government employees have the freedom to practice his or her religion.
Stating that Shivakumar’s statement exposes the mindset of the Congress and its 'dirty politics', the BJP leader said people holding constitutional positions should not comment on religious beliefs of individuals in such a manner.
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Mysuru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who visited his constituency Varuna in Mysuru district for the first time since taking charge as the head of the state government in May, declared that he would enthusiastically serve the people till his last breath.
Siddaramaiah, who landed at the Suttur Helipad in Nanjangud taluk on Saturday, was accorded a warm welcome by his supporters. He also attended a program at Biligere in Varuna, to thank the voters who ensured his victory in the recent Assembly election. Addressing the gathering, the CM said, “This was the last election I would contest in, but I will remain active in politics till I die as it would give me an opportunity to serve the citizens.”
Siddaramaiah further said, “The great seers of our land like Basavanna always lived true to their words. Keeping them as my model, I took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Basava Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Basavanna,” adding, “The post of a chief minister, however, is by no means a position of luxury. I consider it an opportunity for me to bring in improvement in the lives of the people of Karnataka.”
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Referring to his earlier work as Karnataka CM, he said, “There were schemes in 2013 for the welfare of all people without distinction between communities, region or religion. Our government, in its current tenure, will be even more efficient in working for the welfare of the people and our schemes will be more fruitful than those during the earlier tenure.”
Speaking about the guarantees promised by the Congress government, Siddaramaiah stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had said that the Congress would fail at implementing the promises leading the state to bankruptcy and also pointed out that the state government had implemented all the five guarantees. “When the Congress government promised schemes that would benefit the lower and middle classes, PM Modi and the Central government should have supported us in our efforts. Our PM, unfortunately, is not considering an uplift of the lower and middle classes worthy of his efforts,” said Siddaramaiah, also hitting out at the BJP for ‘continuing its convention of confusing the people with its horde of lies’.
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