Bengaluru: Emphasising that Congress party workers must counter the BJP's hardcore Hindutva with the party's very own inclusive Hindutva, Chief Minister, Siddarmaiah on Wednesday asserted that the BJP’s Hindutva had always perpetuated a divisive agenda while the Congress practised inclusive Hindutva, which needs to be highlighted every time the BJP speaks off its version of Hindutva.
Speaking at the party campaign committee meeting here, Mr Siddaramaiah said, "The BJP’s Hindutva policy has always divided people on caste and religious lines. They divide Hindus on the basis of varna and when it comes to society as a whole, they divide Hindus, Muslims and Christians to win over voters. This needs to be exposed at all levels."
According to him, it was neither Jesus Christ nor Prophet Mohammed who divided society on religious or caste lines, it was the very same BJP which did this to impose upper caste hegemony on other castes. "The same people with a divisive mentality justify the murder of Basheer in Surathkal on religious lines without even batting an eyelid while crying hoarse over the death of Sangh parivar activist Deepak Rao. Both murders must be seen with the same yardstick as innocents were killed and their families deserve sympathy," he rationalised.
He felt Congress party leaders were way too soft in countering the aggressive speeches of BJP leaders like Shobha Karandlaje, Anant Kumar Hegde and Pratap Simha. "Congress leaders too need to be more aggressive in countering the BJP in the days to come but without hurting anyone's feelings," he cautioned.
Campaign committee chairman and Energy Minister D. K. Shivakumar asserted that party leaders need to work hard to ensure a Congress victory by toiling at the polling booth level.
"The booth will be our starting point, where party leaders and workers will have to campaign hard to ensure a Congress victory," Mr Shivakumar said.