“Is Gujarat BJP culture rooted in Karnataka BJP too?” Siddaramaiah asks
New Delhi: As the political atmosphere heats up in the state ahead of elections later this year, a fresh controversy has erupted after a minister in Karnataka called on former opposition chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah to “finish”. Siddaramaiah has demanded that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai should dismiss this minister immediately. He accused Narayan of trying to “incite” people to kill him.
Higher Education Minister CN Aswath Narayan made this statement while addressing a public meeting in Mandya.
He said, “Do you want to tip? [Sultan] Or [Hindutva ideologue VD] Savarkar? Where to send this Tipu Sultan? What did Nanje Gowda do? You should end him (Siddaramaiah) in the same way.”
Right-wing organizations say that Tipu Sultan was killed by two Vokkaliga chieftains, Uri Gowda and Nanje Gowda, rather than the British.
Congress has reacted to this statement. The Congress unit in Karnataka has filed a police complaint against the minister. Congress has filed a complaint against BJP state president Nalin Kumar Katil. Those who respect Tipu Sultan should be expelled from Karnataka, he said.
“Higher Education Minister Ashwat Narayan has appealed to people to kill me the way Tipu was killed. Ashwath Narayan, why are you trying to incite people? Take the gun yourself,” said Siddaramaiah.
The former chief minister claimed in a series of tweets that the lack of action against the minister showed that Bommai, Home Minister Arag Gyanendra and his “incompetent cabinet are asleep and in agreement with Ashwath Narayan”.
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“Is Gujarat BJP culture rooted in Karnataka BJP too?” He demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will remain silent like 2002 (Gujarat riots). “Kannadigas will never allow Karnataka to become like Gujarat,” he wrote.
Narayan said that his statement is being misinterpreted. He clarified that “end” meant defeating the former chief minister in the elections and not killing him.
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