BJP demands dismissal of Karnataka government over sloganeering in Vidhan Soudha after RS polls

LoP Ashoka alleged that the Congress is trying to cover up the case as it plans to tamper with the investigation report of the FSL.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 29, 2024 | 4:31 PMUpdatedFeb 29, 2024 | 4:31 PM

BJP leaders submitting a memorndum to state Governor. (X)

The Opposition BJP on Thursday, 29 February demanded that the Karnataka Governor should recommend dismissing the Congress government in the state following the slogans raised inside the Vidhana Soudha after the Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday.

The primary Opposition party in Karnataka — the BJP — alleged that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised in the Vidhan Soudha after Congress nominee Syed Naseer Hussain was elected a member of the upper House of the Parliament. Videos of the event show supporters shouting ‘Naseer saheb zindabad’.

He was among the three Congress candidates who won the Rajya Sabha elections, along with BJP candidate Narayansa Bhandage.

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Thursday claimed divisiveness is “inherent in the Congress’ DNA”.

Addressing a press conference in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, the Lok Sabha member from Bengaluru South alleged that Congress is the original party “responsible for dividing the country.”

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‘Divisiveness is inherent in the DNA of Congress’

“Divisiveness is inherent in the DNA of the Congress party. It would be a mistake to hope for anything else other than this from the Congress,” he claimed.

He said South India will be the BJP’s fortress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP will win all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka and get a historic mandate in Telangana and Tamil Nadu, Surya said.

He said the BJP will also have Lok Sabha members from Kerala and the party’s vote percentage will increase in Andhra Pradesh.

The country’s youth made a big contribution to the BJP’s win in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said, adding that most of them were first-time voters who wanted a change.

The youth empowered and energised the BJP’s win. The development made by the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been youth-centric in the last 10 years, Surya said.

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Submits memorandum to Governor

The BJP took out a ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ campaign under the leadership of Opposition leader R Ashoka and submitted a memorandum to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot regarding the alleged sloganeering.

In his complaint to the Governor, Ashoka alleged, “This act of anti-national slogans from Naseer Hussain’s supporters needs to be thoroughly probed by the national agencies like National Investigation Agency or Intelligence Bureau and culprits should be booked under the law and punished.”

“This being the scenario of the state, we as a responsible party of opposition in this democratic system urge His Excellency, the Governor of Karnataka to recommend for the dismissal of this government summarily, as this government failed utterly to comply to the Law and Order situation and to uphold the constitutional values,” he added.

Speaking to reporters, Ashoka alleged that the Congress is trying to cover up the case as it plans to tamper with the investigation report of the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reacted to the issue yesterday stating that serious action would be taken against those who allegedly raised the slogan if the investigation found the charge to be true.

“If the FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) report proves that the slogan raised in favour of Pakistan is true, serious action will be taken in this regard. There is no question of protecting those who raised slogans in favour of Pakistan,” the chief minister told reporters.

(With PTI inputs)