Bengaluru: Union Minister of State for Skill Development, Ananth Kumar Hegde has once again courted controversy by warning the state government of more riots to come if the Chief Minister continues to rely on Home Minister, Ramalinga Reddy.
Writing on his Facebook wall, he says, "Are thrashings not enough Mr. Siddaramaiah, do you want more? One can expect a bigger Marikaamba festival in days to come if the CM relies more upon people like Kempaiah and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy."
The post continues, "The Sirsi court has given relief to 62 people, who were arrested during the protest march in Sirsi town. Bail was given within just a day and a half. The court's decision has clearly conveyed that mindless application of section 307 will not be tolerated and the law of the land will assert itself. This is one of the greatest victories of democracy."
Advising the Chief Minister to look at himself in the mirror, he goes on, "His own court jester colleagues are sure to drop him in mid course and escape. What can his own advisor or the useless Home Minister do when plans of supporting terrorists and repressing real patriots are underway? Today's court decision has provided us great moral support and we have decided to intensify our protest against the communal, dumb government, besides targeting terrorists. Let them face our ire."
Responding to Mr Hegde's statement, Mr Reddy said he was unfit to be a Minister or even an MP. "Despite the state government handing over the Paresh Mesta case to the CBI, the Union Minister is trying to terrorise the public by making provocative statements. Those who are spreading communal disharmony in society are the real terrorists," he added.
The Minister also advised Mr Hegde to behave like a human and "allow other persons to live in the state." He deplored, that "ministers like Hegde want communal disharmony. His main intention is to divide society, but we will not allow him and his followers to do so."
Now, slain BJP man’s wife goes missing
First, Dharwad Zilla Panchayat member Yogesh Gouda was murdered and now, his wife Mallamma has reportedly gone missing amidst allegations that supporters of Mines and Geology Minister, Vinay Kulkarni have abducted her to force her to join the Congress.
Claiming that the woman, who has allegedly gone missing since Thursday night, was being held at an isolated location, the BJP Mahila Morcha on Friday warned of intensifying its protest if she was not released. The dead BJP leader's brother, Gurunath Gouda, who had claimed in the past that Mr Kulkarni was trying to bury the investigation by striking a deal with a police officer, has now accused him of kidnapping Mallamma and her children. There are however, rumours that the woman has voluntarily gone to Bengaluru to discuss the possibility of joining the Congress. But unwilling to buy this possibility, Gurunath Gouda said, "Mallamma told us that she was going to Bengaluru for some urgent work Thursday evening. But she is untraceable and her mobile phone is out of coverage area."...