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Rajnath Singh says the Congress government in Karnataka had tried to polarize society by making false assurances on reservations for scheduled caste/scheduled tribe and minorities. Photo: HT
Rajnath Singh says the Congress government in Karnataka had tried to polarize society by making false assurances on reservations for scheduled caste/scheduled tribe and minorities. Photo: HT

Rajnath Singh slams Congress govt in Karnataka on law and order

Home minister Rajnath Singh says if BJP comes to power in Karnataka, it would investigate all angles of the Gauri Lankesh murder and bring the culprits to book

Bengaluru: Union home minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Sunday continued his attack on the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka over the law and order situation and communal tensions in the state.

In what seemed like a poll promise, Singh said if the BJP comes to power in the state next year, it would investigate all angles of the murder of activist Gauri Lankesh and bring the culprits to book.

Lankesh was murdered by unknown assailants on 5 September outside her home. A special investigation team (SIT) set up to probe her death has been unable to make any significant progress in the case.

“I want to assure Karnataka’s public that when our government is formed, we will probe her (Lankesh) death from all angles and the culprits will be punished. No one will be allowed to escape," Singh said.

The BJP, under its state president B.S. Yeddyurappa, has taken out a 75-day Parivarthana Rally across the state to highlight inadequacies of the ruling Congress government.

The BJP has used the law and order situation to corner the state government over incidents which include the 5 September killing of Lankesh in Bengaluru, the suicide of a state police official (M.K. Ganapathy) in July last year and the mysterious death of Paresh Mesta, a person from the fisherman community, that has become the latest cause for unrest in the communally sensitive coastal region of the state.

“If there is anyone who has formed governments by setting fire, it is the Congress. The BJP is trying to douse it," Singh said in his speech that recounted incidents including 1984 riots and the situation in Kashmir.

Though Siddaramaiah’s popularity has soared in recent months over his populist schemes, the killings of Lankesh and rationalist M.M. Kalburgi on 30 August 2015 in Dharwad, Karnataka, and the lack of progress in catching the culprits have become one of the biggest challenges for the government.

Singh said the Congress government had tried to polarise the society by making false assurances on reservations for scheduled caste/scheduled tribe and minorities. He accused the Congress of misleading the Muslim community under the guise of providing reservations. He added the Congress government was also trying to divide the society by celebrating the lives of controversial rulers like Tipu Sultan.

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