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“Karnataka Government has Adopted Kerala Style of Political Violence”: Rajnath Singh – The Manipal Journal
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“Karnataka Government has Adopted Kerala Style of Political Violence”: Rajnath Singh

MANIPAL: Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh addressed a gathering of intellectuals during his ‘Chinthakara Manthana’ (intellectuals’ meet), organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Udupi, at Country Inns and Suites in Manipal, on Monday, April 23. The event was a part of BJP’s campaign in the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts for the upcoming state assembly elections.

Speaking at the event, the Home Minister expressed concern over the suicide of more than 3700 farmers in past five years in the state. He also commented that the Karnataka Government has adopted Kerala style of political violence. “The Siddaramaiah government is not siddha sarkara but niddhe sarkara”, he said, claiming that the state government is asleep and it’s our responsibility to wake them up.

Praising the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, he was delighted at the improvement in ‘ease of doing business’ and increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). He informed that the BJP’s development strategy is comprehensive and integrated as it focuses both on the development of industry as well as the region. He also clarified that the Union Government is not biased towards any state in terms of allocation of funds, however, it is not responsible if the state governments are not effective in using the same.

He also put forth the ambition of making the country an economic superpower by 2030. 

During the interactive session, Narayan Murthy, convener of the engineer cell of BJP Udupi, questioned the practicality of the recently introduced provision of capital punishment for the accused of rape of girls below 12, and asked “How is that the crimes committed in remote locations catch the attention of international media even before the case is registered to the police?”

The Home Minister, due to lack of time, did not answer all of the questions but assured that he would respond to them if given in a written format.

In a session which was dominated by commercialists, one of the last to participate were the agriculturists who put forth the problems faced by farmers.

Speaking to The Manipal Journal, Satyanarayan Udupa, the General Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (farmers’ representative organisation of Rashtriya Syawamsevak Sangh) said, “Farmers are neglected everywhere. Agriculture is the highest contributing sector of our economy, but despite that it is sidelined by commerce and industry. I had to represent the farmers, which is why I am here.”

Dignitaries at the event included the Lok Sabha member from Udupi-Chickmagalur Shobha Karandlaje, Udupi district BJP president Mattar Rathnakar Hegde, BJP candidate from Udupi assembly seat Raghupati Bhat, former Member of Parliament from Udupi Jayaprakash Hegde, and Senior BJP leader Uday Kumar Shetty.

The audience comprised of doctors, industrialists, members of the chamber of commerce, lawyers, agriculturists, and other intellectuals.


Featured Image Courtesy: Sanath Balkur

Edited by: Mehul Malpani

Sanath Balkur


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