Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge on Wednesday, 24 May, said that the orders and legislations enforced under the previous BJP regime, like school textbook revisions and anti-conversion laws — which are against the state’s interest — would be revised or withdrawn by the new Congress government after reviewing them.
Amidst demands to overturn the “hijab ban” from various quarters, the minister — without making any direct comment on the issue — maintained that the government will be looking at all the policies of the previous government and identifying those that are against the Constitution, against the spirit of building society, and against the inclusiveness of society.
“We will relook at every policy matter that the previous government has brought in,” he said.
The Govt stands firm on reviewing any bill passed by the previous BJP Govt that:
-affects the image of state
-does not create employment
-violates rights of an individual
We want to build an economically & socially equal Karnataka
— Priyank Kharge / ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕ್ ಖರ್ಗೆ (@PriyankKharge) May 24, 2023
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‘Making Karnataka number 1 is our goal’
Kharge said that the new government would withdraw all the legislations and orders that hamper the state’s economic progress and prosperity, and go against the interests of Kannadigas.
“Previous government had decided to observe certain jayantis (birth anniversary of prominent figures) and left out others. Not only jayantis, their orders, whether it is regarding textbooks, anti-cow slaughter, anti-conversion bills (laws), all of them will be revised,” he said.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said, “All those bills (laws) and orders that hamper the economic progress of Karnataka and its prosperity, and that will affect Kannadigas, will be withdrawn. Making Karnataka once again the number one is our intention and we will take steps in that direction.”
Kharge, the son of AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, is one among eight ministers inducted into the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led Cabinet last week.