'BJP mum on communal forces'

'BJP mum on communal forces'

The Opposition Congress in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday accused the ruling BJP of not acting on pro-Hindu organisations inciting communal feelings.

They sought the arrest of a Sangha Parivar leader for his alleged speech which sparked off tension in one of the coastal towns of Dakshina Kannada.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah also sought strict action against suspected right wing Sri Rama Sene activists responsible for hoisting a  Pakistani flag in Sindhagi town in Bijapur district recently.

The Sindhagi incident also led to heated exchange of words between the treasury and Opposition benches in the Legislative Council.

In the Assembly, Siddaramaiah said those inciting communal tensions were going scot free. Minorities were living in fear and the government had remained a silent spectator, he alleged. He sought to know why the government had not arrested RSS leader Prabhakar Bhat Kalladka  for his provocative speech at the Hindu Samajotsva held in Uppinangadi  of Dakshina Kannada last month.

He also sought a ban on Sri Rama Sene for hoisting Pakistani flag atop the tahsildar office in Sindhagi.

Home Minister R Ashoka said communal incidents in the State had come down drastically after the BJP came to power. Unsatisfied with the reply, Congress and JD(S) staged a walkout.