between former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and BJP
state Chief Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday over the dalit
identity of the Congress MLA, whose house was damaged by
rioters during the recent violence here.
Projecting the incident as an attack on a Dalit MLA,
several BJP leaders accusing the Congress of indulging in
"appeasement politics" have questioned the grand old party''s
hesitation to condemn riots by "minority groups" on the
residence of its own legislator.
Responding to one such purported comment by Kateel that
whether Siddaramaiah and state Congress chief D K Shivakumar
were pro dalit or pro terrorists, the Leader of Opposition in
a tweet said, "we are pro humans, not anti humans. We are in
favour of those who light the lamp and not in favour of those
who incite fire.."
"We are for builders, not destroyers. In what better way
should I introduce ourselves and you?" he asked, hitting out
Asking Kateel whether he was pro hindu or pro dalit,
Siddarmaiah in another tweet sought to know if he was Hindu,
why isn''t Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy a Hindu, but just a dalit?
"Will you please ask your elders and clarify what is the
true interpretation of Hindutva?" he chided.
Hitting back, Kattel termed Siddaramaiah''s politics as
''divisive,'' reminding the former CM about his AHINDA (Kannada
acronym for minorities, backward classes and Dalits) movement
before joining Congress and on being expelled from JD(S).
He further said, "You and your party have used dalits for
the sake of politics. Hindu dharma preaches Vasudhaiva
Kutumbakam and not incite fire like you."
Siddaramaiah also in a series of tweets targetted BJP
national General Secretary B L Santosh for his allegations of
appeasement politics on Congress leaders, and asked when the
BJP government could not give protection to a Dalit MLA''s
(Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy) house, how can it ensure of safety
of crores of poor and dalits.
"Don''t you think it is your (government''s) failure?" he
Siddaramaiah also accused BJP and its leaders of shedding
"crocodile tears" for dalits.
An angry mob went on a rampage in D J Halli and adjoining
areas in the capital city on Tuesday night over an
inflammatory social media post allegedly put out by P Naveen,
a relative of MLA Murthy.
The MLA''s residence and a police station at D J Halli
were torched by rioters, who also set many police and private
vehicles afire, and looted the belongings of the legislator
and those of his sister.
Meanwhile, rejecting state Congress chief D K
Shivakumar''s comments that Naveen, who posted inflammatory
post was a supporter of the BJP, Deputy Chief Minister C N
Ashwath Narayan said, he was a Congress worker.
"Shivakumar lacks information. It was not right on the
part of a person who is a party president to speak like
this... he (Naveen) has posted posts regarding (supporting)
Shivakumar," he said, adding that fight between Congress and
SDPI locally might have led to the incident. PTI KSU