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Political Rivalry, Not Communal Disharmony, Behind Bengaluru Clashes: BJP

The Congress hit again on the state authorities and rubbished the allegations (File)


It was native political rivalry linked to civic polls and never communal disharmony that led to the violence in Bengaluru wherein three individuals misplaced their lives, the BJP authorities in Karnataka mentioned right this moment.

The violence on Tuesday adopted an offensive Facebook submit by the nephew of a Congress MLA. However, the state authorities mentioned the tussle for political house between the Congress and its ally Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) was the principle set off.

Many SDPI activists are amongst greater than 200 arrested after the violence. 

Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan additionally indicated that the federal government was taking a look at banning the SDPI, which is allegedly linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI), an Islamist group accused of extremist actions by the BJP.

“It is a matter of time – SDPI and PFI will be banned. We are looking forward to banning SDPI and PFI,” mentioned Ashwath Narayan.

“There was an indication that the violence was more because of political differences and rivalry between two political parties. They are into vote-bank politics. This has resulted in this kind of violence and one-upmanship,” he added.

The clashes started on Tuesday night when protesters attacked Mr Murthy’s house in Bengaluru’s DJ Halli. The 50-year-old chief’s house – together with two police stations – was the goal of mobs that set fireplace to vehicles, broken property and threw stones. The police resorted to firing to regulate the group. The violence left three useless and lots of injured, together with dozens of policemen.

Reports counsel the flare-up was linked to imminent polls to the town’s civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and alleged variations between native corporators and the Congress MLA, who was earlier within the Janata Dal Secular.

Also the SDPI, say studies, has been attempting to make inroads within the locality, which has a substantial Muslim inhabitants.

“They selected Congress areas. Because for many years the SDPI supported Congress. Now they want their independent identity. No Hindu-Muslim-Christian,” the minister mentioned.

The Congress hit again on the state authorities and rubbished allegations of a task within the violence.

“It is totally baseless. The failure of the police to immediately act on the social media post started it. The police delayed action for three hours. They did not accept the complaint and people’s emotions were involved so there was disturbance, violence. Now they are trying to blame us. They say one of the members arrested is from Congress. But he is from the SDPI. It is the failure of the police, administration and intelligence which caused this,” Saleem Ahmed, working president of the Karnataka Congress, informed NDTV.  

On the federal government planning to ban SDPI, Mr Ahmed mentioned, “We are not against banning SDPI. But other communal organisations should be banned also.”

The areas hit by violence are calm; gatherings stay banned there and there’s elevated police presence on the bottom. 

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