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War of words erupts between Cong, BJP over dalit identity of MLA targetted by rioters

War of words erupts between Cong, BJP over dalit identity of MLA targetted by rioters
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Bengaluru, Aug 13 (PTI) A bitter twitter war has erupted

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

at Kateel.

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

asked.

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

ROH ROH


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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