BJP, Sangh stoking communal fire: Siddarmaiah

Siddaramaiah visits the families of slain Deepak Rao and Abdul Basheer in Mangaluru.

Mangaluru: Squarely blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh Parivar for raking up communal issues in the coastal region, Chief Minister Siddarmaiah on Sunday stressed the need for harmony and also visited the houses of slain Sangh parivar activist Deepak Rao and Abdul Basheer, a member of the minority community who succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an attack on Sunday.

Mr Siddaramaiah attended the inauguration of various developmental works at Belthangady, Puttur and Moodabidri and also inaugurated a musical fountain in Mangaluru.

At Deepak's house, the Chief Minister asked officials if all the promised compensation had been provided to the family.

He spoke to the family members and asked officials to work on providing a job to Deepak’s handicapped brother.

He later visited the house of Bashir at Akasha Bhavana and spoke to the family members there.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister who arrived at Belthangady, was critical about those who played politics over dead bodies. “Death is a sad thing, nobody should politicize it,” he said adding that peace would prevail in the region if people raised their voices against those who play politics over dead bodies.

He blamed the BJP for trying to divide society to increase its seat tally in the forthcoming elections.

“They speak of Sabh ka saath, Sabh ka Vikas, but in reality they incite hatred. Their slogan should not be restricted to speeches, they should follow it in reality,” he said, adding, “People need not worry. We will take tough step against elements which create problems.”

At Puttur too, he took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party for polarising society.

“The BJP is trying to divide society in the name of religion and God. Those who speak of setting fire to the district and changing the Constitution are not eligible to even become a panchayat member,” he said, adding that sitting MLA Shakunthala Shetty would win again with the support of the people.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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