Mysuru: Boycotting of the peace committee meeting held in Bantwal by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders reveals that the party wants the communal tensions in the region to be alive, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Speaking to press persons on the sidelines of his two-day visit to Mysuru to launch several developmental schemes, Siddaramaiah alleged that the BJP has incited communal tensions in the society over Ram Mandir issue too hinting that it was the hidden agenda pursued by the party to ignite a fire and divide the society for political gains. The Congress, on the other hand, he said believes in harmony and moving forward unitedly.
Reacting to Union minister for state commerce and industries Nirmala Seetharaman's statement that law and order issues will deter investors coming to the state he said that the besides Dakshina Kannada which witnessed untoward instances recently, which have been incited by the BJP he alleged, there were no such issues in the state. In fact in Mangaluru too, the law and order situation is under control, he said.
Regarding a query on controlling activities of SDPI, PFI and others, and if dropping of old cases against these organisations had led to a rise in cases Siddaramaiah informed that the government has not withdrawn any case and will act tough on those making provocative speeches irrespective of the organisation to which they belong.
“With elections within a year, they are stoking trouble. Yeddyurappa is now 75. It is his last attempt, so he wants to become CM somehow. He is frustrated and desperate, but it is not possible. Will people forget that he had been to jail?" he added.