Former BJP CM Yediyurappa: Following incidents of attacks on Muslim traders in Karnataka and calls for their boycott by right-wing Hindutva groups, former BJP chief minister BS Yediyurappa and senior minister JC Madhuswamy demanded an end to divisive politics.
Yediyurappa said on Monday that the Chief Minister has said that law and order will be protected, Indian Express reported. I would advise him (Chief Minister) to end all this (divisive politics) and concentrate on work. All communities should live in peace and dignity.
The BJP leader said that Hindus and Muslims would like to live in peace and brotherhood but some miscreants are trying to create division.
The former chief minister also said that the opposition Congress should cooperate with the government to bring development in the state. Congress leaders like K Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar should not create confusion over petty issues.
At the same time, the Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the BJP government JC Madhuswamy on Sunday said that deliberate attacks to disrupt the livelihood of the people will not be tolerated. “All those who chose to stay in India after Independence are Indians. This country belongs to everyone,” Madhuswamy told reporters in Belagavi Sunday.
The Law Minister said that whatever happens, we have to be tolerant and live together… the government will have to take action (against those who disturb the peace). He indicated that the state government was not prepared for the communal issues that surfaced recently.
The Constitution has guaranteed every citizen the right to live, conduct business and practise their religion. It hasn’t given anyone the right to defame any community in public,” Madhuswamy added, becoming the first minister in the Basavaraj Bommai cabinet to criticise the campaigns by Hindutva outfits.
However, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that all people are equal and law and order is a priority for the state government.
The Chief Minister said, “My work is speaking. We know what decisions should be taken and what actions should be taken at what time. I don’t need to learn any lesson from them. These are the people who directly dropped cases at the government level against people facing murder charges. Where was his duty consciousness then?”