BJP will not tolerate any insult to women: Amit Shah on sexual abuse allegations against Prajwal Revanna

Police booked Prajwal Revanna and his father, JD(S) MLA and former minister HD Revanna for sexual harassment and criminal intimidation.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 30, 2024 | 7:41 PM Updated Apr 30, 2024 | 7:41 PM

Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, 30 April, condemned the alleged sexual abuse of women involving Lok Sabha MP Prajwal Revanna, asserting that the BJP will not tolerate any insult to women.

The saffron party also welcomed the decision of the JD(S) to suspend the MP.

Revanna (33) is the BJP-JD(S) alliance candidate for the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls on 26 April.

Earlier in the day, the JD(S) suspended Revanna from the party with immediate effect.

“The issue regarding Revanna that has been reported in the media is very hurtful and cannot be tolerated in any way,” Shah told a press conference Guwahati in Assam.

“The BJP’s stand is very clear; we will not tolerate any insult to ‘matri aur nari shakti’ (women empowerment),” he asserted.

Some explicit video clips allegedly involving Prajwal Revanna, the grandson of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, were circulated in Hassan over the last few days.

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Accuses Congress

The home minister said Congress has been alleging that an NDA partner’s candidate is involved in the incident, “But I just want to ask a small question – whose government is there in that state (Karnataka)?”

“The Congress is in power in Karnataka, and this matter must have come to their attention. Why has it not taken any action on it so far? We cannot take any action as law and order is a state issue,” Shah said.

Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar told reporters that the BJP has zero tolerance towards crimes against women, while accusing the Congress of double standards and being selective on the issue.

If the Congress government in Karnataka was aware of the case for weeks and months, then why did it not act so far against the accused, he asked.

Police on Sunday booked Prajwal Revanna and his father, JD(S) MLA and former minister HD Revanna for sexual harassment and criminal intimidation based on a complaint from a woman, who worked in their household.

Chandrasekhar cited the Sandeshkhali case and the killing of Neha Hiremath, daughter of a Congress leader in Karnataka, and accused the party of seeking to selectively pick crimes and victims to speak on.

(With PTI inputs)