Madikeri: Former Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah’s convoy was heckled by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Youth Wing activists over his remark on Veer Das Savarkar.

Siddaramaiah was on the way to Madikeri, the district headquarters town of Kodagu, to inspect the losses occurred due to the recent spell of heavy rains, which had resulted in deaths, damage to houses, crops, infrastructure and landslide.

While the vehicle was passing through General Thimmayya Road, the BJP workers tried to interrupt the convoy of the Congress leader. They showed him a black flag and raised slogans such as ‘Go back Siddaramaiah’.

The protestors were holding Savarkar’s photos too. One of the BJP activists threw Savarkar’s photo on Siddaramaiah’s lap when his convoy was moving slowly.

Some of the protesters also reportedly threw eggs on the former chief minister’s car.

The police removed the BJP protesters from the way. However, it had a difficult time controlling the protestors, including women, who stood in the middle of the road, blocking Siddaramaiah’s convoy. It finally resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd at Guddehosur near Kodagu border. Due to the resultant tense situation, police took a few of the protesters into custody.

Why BJP Youth Wing activists protested

BJP Youth Wing activists protested against Siddaramaiah for his alleged statement questioning the need for the Hindutva activists to put up Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar’s photograph in a Muslim area in Shivamogga, which led to the clashes a few days ago.

On 76th Independence Day, a few people had put up Savarkar’s photo in a circle close to a mosque in Shivamogga, which led to tension in the town. An individual Prem Singh, who hails from Rajasthan and works in a shop in Shivamogga, was stabbed.

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Following the clash, a curfew was imposed under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in parts of the Shivamogga district.

The police also arrested four Muslims on charges of stabbing Singh. Police had to shoot one accused in his leg as he had allegedly tried to attack policemen who went to arrest him. He was then taken into custody.

The next day, another Bajrang Dal activist was stabbed in Bhadravathi town. Another Muslim youth was arrested in this connection.

CM Basavaraj Bommai condemns the incident

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condemned the incident and said that Siddaramaiah is the Leader of the Opposition, and the post has its own dignity. “Siddaramaiah is the Leader of the Opposition and the position of Leader of the Opposition carries its own dignity. If there is a difference of opinion on any matter, it should be countered with strong opinions. Not by any physical action. Everyone should follow this,” Bommai tweeted in Kannada.

Siddaramaiah reacts, says will “teach them a lesson”

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah reacted to the protest and heckling of his convoy, calling it an act of miscreants.

The police also arrested four Muslims on charges of stabbing Singh. Police had to shoot one accused in his leg as he had allegedly tried to attack policemen who went to arrest him. He was then taken into custody.

The next day, another Bajrang Dal activist was stabbed in Bhadravathi town. Another Muslim youth was arrested in this connection.

CM Basavaraj Bommai condemns the incident

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condemned the incident and said that Siddaramaiah is the Leader of the Opposition, and the post has its own dignity. “Siddaramaiah is the Leader of the Opposition and the position of Leader of the Opposition carries its own dignity. If there is a difference of opinion on any matter, it should be countered with strong opinions. Not by any physical action. Everyone should follow this,” Bommai tweeted in Kannada.

Siddaramaiah reacts, says will “teach them a lesson”

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah reacted to the protest and heckling of his convoy, calling it an act of miscreants.

“Adequate compensation has not been given in Kodagu. The DC office barrier is in poor condition, they protested against me because they don’t want me to know the state of all these issues. Government is dead in Karnataka. That’s why they paid money and brought people and shouted slogans,” he said.

“We will teach them a lesson once our government returns in the state,” he added.

‘Fumed’ Congress to follow tenets of ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence)

The Congress Youth Wing have called the attack on the convoy “shameful”. Being fumed on the incident, they have vowed to protest against the heckling of Siddaramaiah’s convoy. For this, they have said that they will follow the tenets of ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence) and send eggs to all state BJP ministers, reported Times Now.

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